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The Best Rice

The secret to the best rice? Ask a Costa Rican. Ok, I asked for you, and I promise that this is the secret to making simple, perfect rice. Clearly this rice is not meant to accompany all dishes because of the clear difference in flavors, but don’t worry, I already plan on bringing you new versions.

Really though, this rice is not only completely delicious, it’s actually a time saver too. Let me explain what I mean…

These little pretties are about to bless your life fooooorrrreeeeevvvvveeeeerrrrr. So, my very darling friend, Maihsmy is from Costa Rica. She makes wonderful food… Tres Leches anyone? One of the best things that she has ever taught me is her cilantro/pepper mix. Maihsmy has these little containers stored in her freezer, and one in the fridge at all times. Whenever she makes rice, she just adds a little scoop and ta da, perfectly flavored rice. As one container runs out, she brings down another from the freezer. Isn’t that so easy?

So, let’s get started. First, Maihsmy uses her mini chopper, your food processor would be great too. There are only a few ingredients, but it’s important to note that the all but the very tips of the cilantro is used, as in the stems are used as well.

Just throw each ingredient in the chopper until it is very fine. Add to a bowl, drizzle in your olive oil, mix and place in baby food jars, or small tupperware containers.

Keep everything on hand in the freezer and fridge for a super yummy rice!

Is Brown Rice Healthier Than White Rice?

White rice has had the bran and germ removed.

These are the most nutritious parts of rice.

Brown rice is a whole grain that contains the bran and germ.

These provide fiber and several vitamins and minerals.

That is what makes brown rice healthier than white rice.

Is Quinoa a Good Substitute For Rice?

Quinoa is a healthier alternative to rice.

One cup of cooked quinoa has about 40 fewer calories than the same amount of white rice.

White rice has almost 15 times more grams of carbohydrates, and quinoa provides 5 more grams of fiber and double the protein.

What Kind of Onion Can You Substitute for White Onion?

You can substitute a yellow onion for a white onion.

White onions have a slightly milder flavor than yellow onions.

You could even use a red onion for white, but the red onion will give a red color to what you are making.

The Best Rice

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Costa Rican Rice

Costa Rican Rice

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 1 batch


  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro trimming only the very bottom inch of stem off (yes, you'll be using the stems too)
  • 5-6 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt to taste
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/2 jar or 3 teaspoons of mix


  • Place each ingredient in a food processor or mini chopper separately, pulse until each ingredient is minced finely.
  • Place in a bowl, pour in the olive oil and stir to combine.
  • Spoon the mixture into small jars and freeze until ready to use. Keep one on hand in the fridge at all times.
  • When you are ready to cook with it, place the rice, water, salt and about 1/2 of the jar in a rice cooker.
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes depending on your rice cooker (or bring to a boil on stove top, turn down to a simmer with the lid on and cook until tender.)
  • Give the rice a good stir and serve immediately!


Store left over rice in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Nutrition Facts
Costa Rican Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 1275 Calories from Fat 522
% Daily Value*
Fat 58g89%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Sodium 2375mg103%
Potassium 727mg21%
Carbohydrates 171g57%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 4269IU85%
Vitamin C 167mg202%
Calcium 134mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Question?
    In the recipe for 1 cup of rice, was that 3 tsp of seasoning mix or 3 Tbsp seasoning mix? I think there are a great deal more teaspoons in a baby food jar than 6 teaspoons total.
    Thanks for the help and for the fantastic post.

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    • Hi James, I just am saying you can use 1/2 jar or as little as 3 teaspoons depending on how much flavor you want. 🙂

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      • Thanks so much for your answer. Logical of course but I did not want to “screw it up.”
        Going to pick up ingredients on my next trip to the grocery store. Great part is one can make a very small quantity as needed. No one wants to cut open a vegetable for a Tbsp. or so. This recipe solves that problem.

  • looks like an awesome salsa by itself. Does your friend only put it in rice?

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    • She does, but it could be awesome in so many uses.

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  • If I am making 4 cups of rice, how much of the mixture do you think I should use.

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    • If you mean 4 cups cooked rice you’d just want to double, so 2 cups uncooked rice, 4 cups of water and 1 jar of the mixture. 🙂

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  • This looks a very good, which type rice is for this dish? Is it a long grain rices? Obrigada!

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  • I saw this recipe on twitter. Lovely, I like to add spice and a lot of fresh herbs to my rice& risotto too.

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  • What a great idea! I love this. Sounds like perfect flavours. There is nothing better than beautifully cooked and fragrant rice.

  • What a great idea! I love this. Sounds like perfect flavours. There is nothing better than beautifully cooked and fragrant rice.

  • love the flavored rice plastic container stash – to just be added at a moment's notice to a fresh batch. That is SMART thinking and what a time saver!

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  • I can see why this would be the perfect rice! All that flavor in there!! Loved that you shared this 🙂

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  • This is a must try recipe, especially since we always eat rice at home. I love how you incorporate herbs to this, make it fragrant and flavorful!

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  • That sounds so delicious and so very easy! You can't beat perfect rice 🙂

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  • This sounds so good!! I feel like we've been eating a lot of rice lately – I need to throw this into the mix!

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  • I love little tips like this. You can't beat that kind of knowledge! Love this Carrian!

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  • Such great tips! Nothing ruins your day or supper like not getting the rice just right.

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  • I love good rice. Initially I learned to cook rice in the Philippines we would put rice in the pot, then add enough water to it was half your thumb-length over the rice. Yes, we stuck our thumb right into the rice pot.

    Weird but it worked everytime. I get home, turn to rice steamers and lost the skill. Working to get it back.


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