Preheat Oven to 350. Serves 6 -8 / keeps well in the refrigerator / reheats well in the microwave
1.Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350.
2.Combine tomatoe puree & minced onion to make exactly 2 cups.
3.Remove ribs and seeds from 2 jalapenos and discard. Mince flesh and set aside. Mince remaining jalapeno. Set aside.
4.Place rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water until water runs clear- about 1 1/2 minutes.Shake rice vigorously to remove excess water.This step removes the starch from the rice so it will not stick. IF YOU OMIT THIS STEP YOUR RICE WILL NOT BE DRY AND FLUFFY.
5.Heat oil in heavy bottomed Dutch Oven with tight fitting lid over medium high heat about 2 minutes. Drop a few rice grains in and if they sizzle then it is ready. Add rice and fry stirring until rice is light golden and translucent, about 6-8 minutes.
6.Reduce heat to medium, add garlic and 2 minced jalapenos and cook , stirring constantly until fragrant, about 1 1/2 minutes.
7.Stir in broth, pureed mixture, tomato paste, and salt. Increase heat to medium high, and bring to a boil.
8.Cover pan and transfer pan to oven to bake until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 30-35 minutes.Stir well after 15 minutes.
9.Stir in cilantro, minced jalapeno to taste, and pass lime wedges separately at table.
10.If you are lacking tomatoe puree, you can substitute bottled salsa, but the recipe works better with tomatoe puree.