Rice stir fried with Salsa

Salsa Rice

Have you ever found yourself making dinner and needed to come up with a quick side or two?  That’s exactly the situation I found myself in the other evening.  I had tamales that I was going to reheat, but I needed some sides.  The obvious solution was Spanish rice or beans as well as a salad or vegetables.  The problem was that I didn`t have any canned beans that I thought would be a good accompaniment, and I didn’t want to make any rice because I already had a 4 cup container of leftover white rice in the refrigerator.

I considered my options and came to a conclusion.  I could make a fried rice, but instead of using the Asian flavors, I would stir in salsa from a jar.  I was confident that this would work.

I heated the oil in a large and deep skillet.   Once it was hot, I added the leftover rice and stirred until the rice was heated through.  Then,  I tossed in the salsa and continued to stir and toss until the salsa was well incorporated and the entire dish was heated through.  The result was a very easy Spanish rice that was well received.   Food Critic even had seconds.

Since I almost always keep jars of salsa in my pantry, I might just add this to my regular menu rotation.

Rice stir fried with SalsaHere’s your printable recipe.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.  Thanks for visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry.

Salsa Rice
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Latino
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Serves: 4
Two ingredients, plus some oil for frying, are all that
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cold cooked rice
  • 1 cup salsa
  • ½ cup shredded cheese (optional)
  1. Heat oil in large pan.
  2. Add rice, breaking the clumps of rice apart.
  3. Stir rapidly until rice is heated through
  4. Add Salsa and continue to stir fry until salsa is well incorporated into rice and it is heated through.
  5. The entire pan of rice can be coated sprinkled with shredded cheese and covered while still warm to melt the cheese.
  6. Serve warm.


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