Portuguese Tomato Rice
(Arroz de Tomate)


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter or bacon drippings
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 to 3 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 3 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • Salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan over moderate heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook 5 minutes, until soft but not brown.
  2. Add the tomatoes, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice, salt, and pepper, and cover. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook covered until the rice is done, about 20 minutes.
  4. Fluff with a fork and garnish with chopped cilantro if desired.

Serves 4 to 6