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Red Spanish Rice | Arroz Rojo

red spanish rice

Red Spanish Rice
Photo Credit: Lola’s Cocina

Red rice, also referred to as Spanish rice has been a favorite of mine since childhood. My mother and namesake, Dolores, is known for her Spanish rice and she explains that once one has mastered the steps, it is a snap to make. But don’t underestimate the avenues of possibility for this recipe to go wrong. Sauté it too long and it will burn; overwater it and you will end up with a pot of mush. Heaven forbid that you stir it or prematurely remove the lid – it will be ruined completely! For these reasons, I felt it appropriate to turn to the Spanish Rice Master, my mother, to walk us through a recipe that she has been preparing for well over 20 years.   Read More…

Meat and Potatoes Mexican Style | Papas Con Carne

by Stella Mancillas (my great aunt)

3 sirloin steaks cut up into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons oil
8 potatoes peeled and cut into small triangles
1 can whole tomatoes (you will only need 2 tomatoes)
1 8-ounce (small) can tomato sauce
3 garlic cloves
½ onion sliced into rings, then halved
Salt (to taste)


  1. Heat oil on medium-high setting. Once hot, brown cut up steak with onion and garlic.
  2. Once meat is browned and onions become translucent, add potatoes.
  3. Using hands, break up and squeeze whole tomatoes into mixture, then add juice from can. Add tomato sauce and mix well.
  4. Season with salt.
  5. Cover and turn every 15 minutes until potatoes are soft.
  6. Serve with warm flour tortilla and beans.