Latin Yellow Rice

We are big rice eaters in my house and one of my specialties is Latin yellow rice. This is a delicious side dish for any chicken or meat dish!

A lot of people tell me they can’t make rice, this is a fool proof method to make perfect fluffy rice every time!

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Latin Yellow Rice


  • 2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 4 tsp canola oil
  • 1 chicken bullion cube (or vegetable bullion for vegetarian)
  • 5 medium scallions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 packet Badia Sazon* (or homemade)
  • 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)


  1. In a medium heavy pot with a tight fitting lid, heat oil on medium heat and saute scallions, cilantro and garlic for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes and saute another minute.
  3. Add rice and saute 2 minutes longer, stirring frequently.
  4. Add water, bullion cube and sazón.
  5. Taste the water for salt and add more to taste.
  6. Let water boil on a high flame stirring once.
  7. As the water boils down and just barely skims the top of the rice, turn the flame to very low and cover 15 minutes.
  8. The steam will cook the rice so do not open.
  9. After 15 minutes, shut the flame off and let it sit at least 5 more minutes.
  10. This will finish cooking the rice without burning the bottom.

*Badia makes a sazon that contains no msg. You could also use achiote, turmeric or a pinch of saffron in place of the sazon.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: 3/4 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 6
  • Points +: 5
  • Calories: 193.2 calories
  • Total Fat: 2.1g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: mg
  • Sodium: mg
  • Carbohydrates: 38.8g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: g
  • Protein: 3.8g
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