Spanish Rice Recipes

November 5, 2015

My grandmother, who was Mexican taught me how to cook this Spanish rice. Now my son who is 24 and living on his own, makes his own.


Total Time: 20-30 minutes

Yield: 6 or more servings

Source: My grandmother


  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 3-4 green onion stalks, cut small (more or less, depending on your taste)
  • 1 small ripe tomato, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock, warmed
  • 1 can (small) tomato sauce (I use the spicy tomato sauce, but it's a matter of taste)
  • Adobo seasoning to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp oil, any kind of your choice
  • 2 Tbsp butter (not margarine, or I can't Believe it's not Butter)


  1. Saute the green onion and rice until the rice is slightly browned and has a nutty smell to it.
  2. Add the tomatoes and stir in.
  3. Then add the warmed chicken stock and tomato sauce.
  4. Season with the Adobo, or salt and pepper to taste, then add the butter.
  5. Simmer 18-20 minutes, or until rice is done and all liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
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Do you like Rice-A-Roni? Try my family recipe for it, "Spanish style" with ground beef. I like it, because it's inexpensive to make, and, simply, because it tastes good.

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November 24, 2009

This is my Mother's recipe for Spanish Rice. I have never found a recipe this good. I think it is the milk which is unusual in this dish that makes the difference.

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April 21, 2006

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This is a frugal and super quick and easy recipe for Spanish rice, like restaurants serve alongside Mexican food.

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September 4, 2011

I'm looking for a recipe for Spanish rice.

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September 4, 20110 found this helpful

Try the website. They have tons of recipes!

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September 5, 20110 found this helpful

I make a simple spanish rice:

3/4 cup white rice
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 chopped green pepper
1 tbsp tomato paste
Worcestershire sauce
Chicken boullion
Chili powder
Dried parsley

Cook onions and peppers in a saucepan with a little oil until tender. Stir in uncooked rice, 1 and 1/2 cups water, tomato paste, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and chicken bouillion (I use about half a cube). Season with chili powder to taste, add a pinch of parsley. Bring to a boil then cover and reduce heat to low, cooking ten minutes or until rice is tender.

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

Saute med size chopped onion in olive oil until translucent, add 1 cup white rice stirring until rice is fully covered and translucent. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder. Mix and add 1 8oz can of tomato sauce and1 1/2 cups water. Bring to boil, set on low heat covered for 15-20min. I sometimes add a small can of diced tomato with juice, this makes up some of the liquid.

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September 11, 20110 found this helpful

Mine is even easier and have been making it forever.1 cup white rice. Saute in one tablespoon of whatever you like, butter, margarine, oil or olive oil. It doesn't really matter Saute for 1-2 minutes add 1 can Rotel original and 1 3/4 cups water. If you want it very spicy try hot Rotel or mild for little a spice. Bring to boil and simmer for 20 min. Perfect every time.

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April 27, 2011

There are a lot of quick and easy recipes for Spanish Rice, but last night I was in a hurry, and had to improvise quite a bit. This is what I came up with.

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April 4, 2011

All the flavors mix together and just work. Cook bacon until done. Remove and drain. Saute onion, peppers, and garlic.

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September 2, 2010

Brown ground beef in shortening. Add onion, green pepper, brown sugar, and seasoning. Cook 8-10 minutes. Add tomatoes, ketchup and rice.

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July 20, 2009

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the beef, onion, and green pepper, cooking until the meat is browned; drain liquid. Stir in remaining ingredients; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

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July 20, 2009

Fry bacon and onion together until slightly brown. Add tomatoes, brown sugar. Heat thoroughly, and pour over the hot cooked rice. Mix well and add salt to taste.

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July 20, 2009

Brown ground beef and drain. Add the next 6 ingredients. Cook 9 to 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, ketchup, and rice. Cover and let simmer until rice is done.

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July 20, 2009

Simmer until the vegetables are nice and tender and add 2-3 cups COLD cooked rice and heat to simmer stage. Hot rice just goes to mush and just isn't very nice.

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July 20, 2009

I have a recipe I came up with myself. I love Spanish rice but can't ever seem to make it like restaurants do. So here's what I do.

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