Last weekend, Hector and I visited my dear friend Angie and her Mom. It was so great to spend some quality time together. Angie and her Mom are from Venezuela and I have been inspired by the cuisine and flavors. I have found that one of the best ways to learn about a culture is through its food. We spent the day at the beach, catching up about life. Of course we also talked about food and different recipe ideas. Hearing Angie’s Mom talk about different recipes, inspired me to create this Vegan Latin Rice with Chorizo.
I have found that many skillet rice dishes are more Tex-Mex inspired and use a lot of chili powder and other spices. Using chili powder isn’t common in Venezuelan cuisine; rather, a sofrito is used to give a dish tons of flavor. A sofrito is the backbone to many Venezuelan and Latin dishes. Sofrito is a sauce that usually consists of onion, garlic, sweet bell peppers, green onions, tomatoes, cumin, and cilantro. The sofrito is the base of this Latin inspired rice dish. In the recipe, I didn’t use tomatoes but you can always add in a couple chopped roma tomatoes along the the onions and peppers.
This recipe is a great one skillet meal. After making the sofrito base, Vegan Chorizo is diced up and added to the sofrito. I used Field Roast’s Mexican Chorizo because of its firmer texture. Soy Chorizo tends to be a little bit softer. When the rice is added, some diced sweet potato is added to the mix. The sweet potato adds a little bit of extra nutrition to the dish. I also happen to love the combination of sweet potatoes and chorizo.
When the rice is almost done cooking, in another skillet I sautéed some sliced plantains in a little bit of coconut oil. Technically the recipe is no longer a one skillet meal; however, the plantain is so worth the extra skillet. The sweetness of the plantains is perfect with the spiciness of the chorizo. When you are eating the rice, you will get a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet.
Perfect Latin flavors.
This Vegan Latin Rice with Chorizo tastes great the next day too!
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