This Mexican rice recipe was sent to Familia Kitchen by Carmen González. “When I want a taste of home in memory, taste, and aroma, this is the go-to item,” she wrote us.
“My aunt Cruz Robles (nee González) taught me to make Mexican rice or sopa de arroz, which remains savory and moist, unlike other rice dishes claiming to be authentic,” says Carmen. “Typically, this dish accompanies other classic entrees, such as enchiladas, chile rellenos or tacos. The basic ingredients have not changed from my paternal grandmother Juanita González’s time.”
The one ingredient Carmen says she has updated from the original recipe is the tomato sauce. After experimenting, she discovered she can save time—and not sacrifice an ounce of flavor—by starting with canned instead of making the tomato salsa from scratch.
Bien hecho! All of us at Familia Kitchen admire cocina shortcuts like this, Carmen. Cooking your way home does not mean having to work day and night in the kitchen making every single thing from scratch. We like to think abuela cooking means whipping up family-famous dishes in the best-tasting, smartest way possible so you still have time to spend with your family and friends, enjoying all that good food and living your vida.
We tried Carmen’s Mexican rice recipe today, and we happily report that is absolutamente delicioso. Nos encantó! We can taste for ourselves why this savory, simple and airy side dish is essential to so many meals for your family, Carmen. We are honored to showcase your abuela Juanita’s recipe and share it with the Familia Kitchen community. Your grandmother was onto something muy especial with this authentic arroz dish. Gracias, Carmen!