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Spanish Rice Recipe

Spanish rice is a perfect side dish for tacos, fajitas, or enchiladas. It is basically sautéed rice with tomatoes, onion and bell pepper. This recipe can be prepared in about 40 minutes and is very easy to make while cooking your main dish. Chicken broth can be substituted for water if you are looking for a different flavor. Using chicken broth is how it is done traditionally. The rice is first browned and then simmered until all of the liquid is absorbed. This recipe can easily be doubled if you are serving a large crowd. Enjoy.

(Makes 4 Servings)

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Spanish Rice Recipe

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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • ½ green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cups water (or chicken broth)
  • 1 (10 ounces) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a deep skillet over medium heat add vegetable oil. Add rice, onion and green bell pepper.
  2. Sauté until the rice is browned and the onions are tender.
  3.  Stir in water (or chicken broth) and tomatoes and green chilies. Season with chili powder and salt. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the rice are cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  • Author: Bobby
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Friday 5th of September 2014

Yes! I have FINALLY found a recipe that tastes EXACTLY like my mother's Spanish Rice!! Found your blog when doing a search for Spanish Rice through Google and I'm so glad I scrolled through the other recipes. Thanks so much for sharing!

Rae seay

Friday 22nd of March 2013

I have always wanted to make Spanish rice from scratch and found your recipe. I made it tonight and it was delicious and exactly what I wanted it to taste like. My family loved it and I shared it on Facebook. Thank you


Thursday 20th of December 2012

This is absolutely a great recipe for Spanish Rice. I tried other recipes for many, many years, trying to find this taste. I was so confident of your recipe, I tripled the recipe when I made it yesterday for the first time. Thank you so much!


Thursday 5th of July 2012

I used this recipe for my birthday party and everyone loved it. I was asked how to make it by everybody. I shared of course but still get asked to make it and bring it over to almost every family get together. Especially if we are making hispanic food! Great recipe, thank you for sharing!


Wednesday 15th of September 2010

First time I have been to the site. I love what I see. I am in culinary school and will be using this rice recipe in another creation. I plan on using it with chicken and stuffing a poblano pepper and a mole sauce. Wish me luck