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Latin American Rice Dishes

Rice came to South American with the Europeans, and has become an important staple of the South American diet. Every Latin American country seems to have its own particular favorite way to cook and serve rice. Some of the most popular dishes include arroz con pollo (chicken and rice stew), arroz chaufa (fried rice), and arroz con leche (rice pudding).

Arroz Blanco - Basic South American-style White Rice
Here's a simple yet delicious recipe for making rice. First some garlic is sautd in oil, and then the water and rice are added. This simple extra step makes an enormous difference in flavor.

Arroz Brasileiro - Brazilian-style Rice
Tomatoes and onions spice up plain white rice in this recipe from Brazil.

Black Eyed Peas and Rice - Arroz con Frijol Carita
Slightly spicy black and eyed peas and rice for a quick and tasty meal.

Colombian Coconut Lentils and Rice - Arroz con Lentejas y Coco
A quick and delicious recipe for rice and lentils, this makes a great vegetarian filling for tortillas. In Colombia this dish is served with steak and fried plantains.

Arroz con Coca Cola Rice - Colombian Rice with Raisins and Coca Cola
You might think this is a dessert recipe, something like rice pudding, but it's actually a savory side dish that goes well fish, chicken, and pork.

Arroz con Coco y Pasas - Coconut Coca Cola Rice
This recipe takes rice with Coca Cola one step further with the addition of coconut milk. The caramel and coconut flavor combination is delicious.

Fried Rice with Okra - Arroz Frito com Quaibo
A quick weekend dish of fried rice with crisp fresh okra.

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