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Today, we’re going to dive into making an Easy Spanish Rice recipe that’s so delicious that you’ll want to make it all the time.

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Have you ever had Spanish rice at a Mexican restaurant and thought, “Wow, I wish I could make this at home”? Well, guess what? You totally can, and our version makes it a super Easy Spanish Rice Recipe.

Spanish Rice is like a fiesta in your mouth. Ha! It’s full of flavors from tomatoes, spices, and everything nice.

Seriously, though, this rice is one of my favorite things to get at any authentic Mexican restaurant. The flavor is hard to beat.

So, being me, one day, I decided I had to have my own version of it. I failed a lot at first. Now, though, I think I’ve got a recipe here that you’ll really love.

It’s the perfect side dish to go with tacos, grilled chicken, or just about any Mexican food.

Plus, making it at home means you can add your favorite ingredients to make it just right for you and your family.

Let’s get cooking and bring this easy Spanish recipe to our kitchens!

Some of our other favorite Mexican inspired recipes we have on our site include: Easy One Pot Mexican Rice Casserole, Easy Taco Mexican Pasta Recipe (One Pot Meal), and Mexican Stuffed Peppers.

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Super Flavorful: The combination of garlic, tomatoes, and spices makes this rice super tasty.
  2. Easy to Make: With easy steps and simple ingredients, anyone can whip up this dish.
  3. Kid-Friendly: Even picky eaters will love this colorful and yummy rice.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Salted butter
  • Garlic
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Uncooked rice, long-grain rice
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Water
  • Tomato paste
  • Oregano
  • Smoked paprika
  • Ground cumin
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
ingredients needed to make Easy Spanish Rice Recipe

HOW TO MAKE EASY SPANISH RICE RECIPE:

  1. Add the butter and garlic to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the tomatoes and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add the rice and cilantro and let fry in the fat for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the water, tomato paste, oregano, paprika, cumin, lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir to combine, and let come to a boil.
  5. Bring the temperature down to low heat and cook, covered for 20 minutes.
  6. After 20 minutes turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Serve immediately
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

For creating the perfect Spanish rice, long grain white rice is the ideal choice, as it cooks up fluffy and ensures separate grains.

This type of rice absorbs flavors well while maintaining its structure, making it a crucial pantry staple for this dish.

Starting with plain, long grain white rice gives you more control over the flavor and allows for a more authentic experience.

Absolutely, rinsing your rice before cooking is a step you shouldn’t skip.

It removes excess starch from the surface of the rice grains, which can cause the rice to become sticky during cooking.

This is especially important when cooking in a Dutch oven or a 10-inch skillet, as it helps achieve that desired fluffy texture.

Plus, rinsing can improve the nutritional value of the rice by washing away any impurities.

Whether you’re preparing a beans recipe, chicken enchiladas, or simply cooking rice as a side dish, starting with rinsed rice gets you better results and complements the flavors of your main dish.

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Oh yeah! I’m a fan of options and I’ve got a few of them for you here.

  • Toss in some diced bell pepper for extra crunch and color.
  • Add black beans or refried beans for a heartier dish.
  • Mix in some corn for a sweet pop of flavor.
  • Sprinkle in chili powder or taco seasoning for an extra kick.
  • Top with sour cream for a creamy touch.
  • Garnish with green onions or extra cilantro for freshness.
  • Stir in some diced cooked chicken for a complete meal.
  • Add a spoonful of mild salsa for more tomato flavor.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top and let it melt for cheesy goodness.
  • Include some green chilies for a spicy twist.

Yeppers! Let me know in the comments how it goes. Tell me if there is anything you would have added here!

  • Try chicken broth, chicken stock, or vegetable broth instead of water for more flavor.
  • Use olive oil instead of butter for a healthier option.
  • Substitute lime juice with lemon juice for a citrusy change.
  • Replace smoked paprika with chili powder for a different spice profile.
  • Use tomato sauce in place of tomato paste.
  • You can use brown rice, but the cooking time may vary
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HOW TO STORE:

Refrigerator: Keep in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

To reheat leftover Spanish rice, add just a bit of water or broth and put it in the microwave.

Freezer: Freeze in a sealed container for up to 3 months.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Make sure to cook the rice in a large skillet to give it enough room to fluff up.
  • Adding the lime juice at the end keeps its fresh flavor intact.
  • Let the rice sit for a few minutes after cooking before fluffing with a fork.
  • For an authentic touch, try adding a bit of diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes.
  • Use a medium heat setting to avoid burning the garlic and rice.
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Making Easy Spanish Rice at home is not only simple but also super rewarding.

You get a delicious side dish that goes with just about any Mexican meal, making it perfect for Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or any day you’re craving something yummy and comforting.

Plus, this easy Spanish rice recipe is a great way to impress your family and friends with your cooking skills.

If you’ve tried this EASY SPANISH RICE RECIPE, let me know how it turned out in the comments! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes! 

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Easy Spanish Rice Recipe from Scratch

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Today, we’re going to dive into making an Easy Spanish Rice recipe that’s so delicious that you’ll want to make it all the time.
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Add the butter and garlic to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    1 tablespoon salted butter, 1 clove garlic
  • Add the tomatoes and saute for 1 minute.
    5 cherry tomatoes
  • Add the rice and cilantro and let fry in the fat for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    1 cup long grain white rice, 1/8 cup fresh cilantro
  • Add the water, tomato paste, oregano, paprika, cumin, lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir to combine, and let come to a boil.
    2 cups water, 1 teaspoon tomato paste, 1/4 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Bring the temperature down to low heat and cook, covered for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Make sure to cook the rice in a large skillet to give it enough room to fluff up.
  • Adding the lime juice at the end keeps its fresh flavor intact.
  • Let the rice sit for a few minutes after cooking before fluffing with a fork.
  • For an authentic touch, try adding a bit of diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes.
  • Use a medium heat setting to avoid burning the garlic and rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 378IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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27 Comments

  1. Oh yum! And those roll ups look good too. Plenty of tasty food around here! Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  2. That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on Sweet and Savoury Sundays, stop by and share with us again this weekend!

  3. I love this soooo very much! I made my Latin rice this week too and this just made me excited to go home and eat it! Adorable blog!

  4. I am confused as to the type of rice needed to make The Grilled Chicken Rice Bowl. Sounds so -so good! Thank You

  5. The rice I used is long grain white rice, thanks for stopping by!!

  6. Lovely combination of flavors here.This recipe sounds fantastic.I look forward to making this.

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