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Spanish rice is a wonderful side dish. It's often made from white rice, tomatoes, garlic, onions, and other ingredients. This page contains Spanish rice recipes.
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By 2 found this helpful
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

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Steps:

  1. Saute the green onion and rice until the rice is slightly browned and has a nutty smell to it.
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  3. Add the tomatoes and stir in.
  4. Then add the warmed chicken stock and tomato sauce.
  5. Season with the Adobo, or salt and pepper to taste, then add the butter.
  6. Simmer 18-20 minutes, or until rice is done and all liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
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By 4 found this helpful
October 15, 2011

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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By 4 found this helpful
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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Ingredients:

Directions:

Bring the tomatoes, rice and water to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 30 minutes until rice is tender.

Add the 2/3 cup of milk to the tomato/rice mixture. Stir well. Set aside.

Saute green peppers and onions in a little fat until tender abt 15 to 20 minutes.

Saute the ground beef and spices until done about 10 to 15 minutes.

Combine the green pepper/onion mixture and the hamburger. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add to the tomato/rice mixture, bring to heat stirring constantly for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve.

Servings: 6 to 8
Time:15 Minutes Preparation Time
30 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: My Mother: Evelyn Mayo Sparks

By Nancy

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April 21, 20061 found this helpful
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1/2 lb. hamburger
  • 1 can tomato sauce
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  • 1 1/4 cups hot water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Few dashes pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. bacon bits
  • 1/2-3/4 cup grated cheese

Directions

In large skillet, put onion, green pepper, garlic, rice and hamburger. Stir over high heat until lightly browned. Add the tomato sauce and remaining ingredients except cheese. Mix well and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 25 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over top just before serving. Makes 6 servings.

By Robin from Washington, Ia

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April 27, 2011

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

Ingredients:

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except the instant rice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil until bouillon cube dissolves. Add rice and stir to combine, then remove from heat, cover, and let rest for 5 or 10 minutes. Fluff with fork or spoon and serve.

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This recipe makes about 4 small servings as a side dish, simply double it to make more. You can omit the vegetable oil to make low or no-fat, but the oil seems to help the rice not get sticky.

Thrifty tips: Buy instant rice in bulk at Aldi or similar discount stores, buy jar salsa on the dollar aisle of your grocery store or at Aldi or the Mega Mart. This recipe makes restaurant-style Spanish rice for pennies a serving. Way cheaper than the bag of Spanish rice mix.

Servings: 4
Time:5 Minutes Preparation Time
10 Minutes Cooking Time

By Matt Bilardo from K.C., MO

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By 1 found this helpful
October 11, 2006

Recipe for Paradise Spanish Rice. In large frying pan cook rice and vermicelli in oil till golden. Add all except broth and salsa.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 4, 2011

I'm looking for a recipe for Spanish rice.

By Linda

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September 4, 20110 found this helpful

Try the food.com 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, 20110 found this helpful
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.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 pouches boil-in-bag brown rice
  • 1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth
  • 1 can water (refill broth can)
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • ground cumin, to taste
  • 1 cup chopped cherry or grape tomatoes

Directions:

In a three quart saucepan, saute the onion in oil until soft. Open the pouches of rice and add to the saucepan, saute briefly to coat rice with oil, and toast slightly.

Add the can of broth to the pan, along with the garlic powder and ground cumin. Stir in the chopped tomatoes.
Simmer, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes, adding water as needed. You may need a little more than the full can of water.

The original recipe I based this on called for 2 tablespoons of chopped onion, a chopped clove of garlic, 1 cup of long grain rice, 2 1/2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth, and 1 cup of chopped canned or fresh tomatoes.

With what I had on hand, I had to make some substitutions, but it worked out well. From a starting idea with a box of frozen chimichangas, I made this rice, heated a can of corn, made a simple lettuce and tomato salad, and instant (fat-free and sugar-free) pudding for dessert. A simple meal, put together while the chimichangas were baking.

Servings: 4
Time:5 Minutes Preparation Time
25 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: Improvisation, starting from a base of several similar recipes.

By Susan from South Carolina

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April 4, 20110 found this helpful

All the flavors mix together and just work.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. of bacon, cut into bite size pieces.
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 8 cloves of garlic, optional
  • 1 (a5 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups of brown rice (white works too)

Directions:

Cook bacon until done. Remove and drain. Saute onion, peppers, and garlic. When browned, add the rice. Brown for a couple minutes, then add bacon, can of tomatoes, and three cans of water for rice, (sometimes I subsitute V8 for 1 can of water). Let the rice simmer until cooked.

Enjoy!

Servings: 6 - 8
Time:25 Minutes Preparation Time
45 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: My mother used to make this rice for us kids.

By charlene hutchins from Lakewood , CA

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September 2, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp. shortening
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 3 cups canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup ketchup

Directions

Brown ground beef in shortening. Add onion, green pepper, brown sugar, and seasoning. Cook 8-10 minutes. Add tomatoes, ketchup and rice. Cover and simmer until rice is tender (about 30-35 minutes), stirring occasionally. Serves 6-8.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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July 20, 20090 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 3 cups canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice

Directions

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.

Serves about 4 to 6

Source: Sent by friend.

By Connie from Cotter, AR

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July 20, 20090 found this helpful

One of our favorite slam-together suppers is my mom's recipe for Spanish Rice.

Brown 1 lb (more or less) ground beef or turkey. Chop a medium onion and add to beef.

Add

  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • A couple of celery stalks, chopped
  • A green pepper, chopped (I have been chopping and freezing mine from the garden, here, lately)
  • A large can of crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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.

This serves 4-6 hungry people with a salad and some bread and butter.

By Margie from Mount Vernon, Oh

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July 20, 20090 found this helpful

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.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Minute rice
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • chopped onion, (how ever much you prefer)

Directions:

In a two cup measuring jar pour in 1 cup of salsa, then 1 cup of chicken broth.

Saute your chopped onion in butter on med high heat until it's slightly soft.

Add the salsa / chicken broth mixture, tomato sauce, and bring to a boil. Add rice, cover, remove from heat and let sit for 20-30 minutes or until the rice is nice and fluffy. Makes about 4 servings of rice.

By Joelygirl

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July 20, 20090 found this helpful

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, 20090 found this helpful

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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