In a large pot, add oil and rice. Put stove on medium to high heat and stir rice until it turns golden brown.
Once rice is golden brown (be sure not to burn*) add the onion and stir until onion is clear.
Add water, tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Mix well. Cover with lid, turn burner to low and simmer for 25 minutes until rice is soft. Once finished fluff with and fork and enjoy.
*you can mince a garlic clove or cook rice with a whole garlic clove and remove once fully cooked.
*I heat my water before adding.
*Once rice is golden brown it will start to darken quickly so continue to stir.