Arroz Español de Lita Min

(Lita Min's Spanish Rice)

Esta es una receta de mi suegra. This is a family recipe that I got from my mother-in-law, whose nickname is "Lita Min" ("Lita" is familia-slang for "abuelita"). It has been a customary part of our family dinners for decades.

When it is done, the tomato sauce forms a coating on top of the rice. To keep this coating intact, we usually serve the rice directly from the pot, rather than transferring it to a serving bowl. Of course, however you want to do it should be fine.


1½ TbsOil
1Chopped Onion
1 cupRice
1Chicken Bouillon Cube
1 8-oz canTomato Sauce
2 cupsWater
1 pinchCummin
Garlic Salt


  1. In a 2-quart pot, heat the oil and onion over a medium flame.

  2. Add the rice and stir until light brown.

  3. Break up the chicken cube and stir it in with the rice.

  4. Stir in the tomato sauce and water. Add the cummin and sprinkle some garlic salt.

  5. Turn heat up to high and stir until it boils. Then turn the heat down to simmer, stop stirring, and let simmer for 20 minutes.

  6. Do not stir or cover while simmering.

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First uploaded on 2001 August 17.
Last updated on 2011 July 08.