Spanish Rice

Spanish rice, Mexican rice, whatever you call it, I call it delicious! This Spanish rice is the perfect side dish for Salsa ChickenChicken FajitasChipotle Bean Burritos or your favorite Mexican dish. This colorful rice dish is sautéed with onion, green bell pepper and garlic and then simmered with chicken broth, diced tomatoes and spices. This rice tastes very similar to the one served at my favorite local Mexican restaurant. Now if I could serve a margarita like the ones they make, I am certain I will save a load of money each year! 😉

Spanish Rice

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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a deep skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Saute onion, bell pepper, and garlic until tender; remove from skillet and set aside. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to skillet and swirl to coat. Add rice and saute until brown.
  2. Add the onion mixture back to the skillet  and stir in water and tomatoes. Season with chili powder, cumin and salt. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until rice is cooked and liquid is absorbed

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20 Responses to “Spanish Rice”

  1. #
    drdutch — January 23, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    The rice looks awesome. Even better with the margarita

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    Ang — January 23, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    How easy is this! I usually buy the box mix and just add what they tell me, but I’m pretty sure I have all these ingredients in my pantry. I’m with ya on the Margaritta. Maybe it’s the whole ambiance that makes them so good:)

  3. #
    Sara — January 23, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    This looks so good! I love Mexican rice. Thanks for sharing!

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    Mary — January 23, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    This was a favorite and much served dish when I was a child. Your version sounds delicious and brings back all kinds of good memories. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary.

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    Honey — January 23, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    This looks so similar to the mex rice dish I make. Looks so yummy, I love anything mexican/spanish. My favorite cuisine. Nice job!

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    briarrose — January 23, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    Perfect side dish. Beautiful color.

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    Nicole J (formerly The Pioneer Cookerella) — January 23, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

    This looks awesome. I just got done with my pre-write up of my own spanish rice recipe! Too funny. I love it when that kind of stuff happens. 🙂 Your photo is beautiful. What kind of camera do you use?

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    Lindsay — January 23, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    This would have been perfect with the enchiladas I had for dinner!

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    Dianna — January 23, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    This is very close to the recipe I use except for the can of tomatoes/chilis. I just use a small can of tomato sauce, a colored variety of fresh bell peppers cut in about 1 inch squares, and about a cup of cooked chunked or shredded chicken. I also add corn if I can get it fresh and sometimes thin slices of carrot. At the end of cooking, I sprinkle fresh chopped cilantro over the top of the rice. It is a meal in itself!! Trust me folks, you should try Sweet Peas’ recipe or a similar version based on your own preferences of veggies! It is soooo much better than a box of Mexican rice!

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    The Food Hound — January 24, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    I was hoping you’d post your recipe, because the picture that accompanied the chicken fajitas looked so tasty! I have a knock-out margarita recipe that I’ll post at some point 🙂 It’s from Rick Bayless so you know it’s good!

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    lena — January 24, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    this looks attractive , this actually looks like the tomato rice that most indians enjoy

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    Mary — January 24, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    This is perfect for game day. I have a houseful on game day, so your recipe will be put to good use. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    les 2 gourmands — January 27, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    we’re having hard time not to eat the screen !! your spanish rice is gorgious !!

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    fabulousfoodie — January 28, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Great take on spanish rice! Your blog is awesome.

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    15 — January 5, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    I don’t know how this will compare with the margaritas at your favorite local Mexican restaurant, but we love this recipe at our house. It couldn’t be easier, and I’ve thrown away all the other margarita recipes I had!

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