1 cup rice
3 tablespoons bacon drippings or vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped, or 5 scallions,
chopped, including green part
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups hot water
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
Salt, to taste
3 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Pinch of Mexican oregano
2 beef or chicken bouillon cubes
Pour hot water over rice and let it stand for about 15 minutes. Drain the rice and rinse it well in cold water. Shake the sieve and let the rice drain for a while. Shake the rice to remove any excess water.
In a heavy skillet, brown rice in bacon drippings or oil over low heat. Add remaining ingredients, reduce heat, cover tightly and cook for 20 to 25 minutes. You may use any mix of the spices you like best.