Spanish Rice

This basic Spanish Rice is fluffy and full of flavor, a delicious side dish for Latin meals. Keep it plain or add chopped green peppers or tomatoes.

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In my last post I shared Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas served with Spanish Rice. Have you noticed that the two are twinsies when you eat Latin food? A side dish of rice is very common when you order a lunch or dinner plate at a Mexican Restaurant.  One can not be without the other!

Rice is economical to make, and once you master making your own Spanish Rice you’ll be adding it to your burritos too. I’ll also warn you that you will never be able to eat it at a restaurant again without judging the the way their rice tastes. You just won’t be able to help it because your rice is going to be SOOO flavorful!

Spanish Rice - The Foodie Affair

This is another dish that I watched my mom make without a recipe. After a lot of trial and error as well as taste testing, I can finally make fluffy and perfectly cooked Spanish Rice (if I do say so myself), but it took a few mushy rice dishes to get to this point.

Once you look at the recipe you’ll be wondering what was the challenge. The key to this simple recipe is to make sure you add the right amount of broth. The rice you use also makes a difference. Use long grain. It absorbs the liquid quite nicely.

There are so many variations to this side dish. You may have had it with a few vegetables added. I’ve cooked it with diced tomatoes and green or red peppers. Experiment with those ingredients too, but start with this basic recipe and get pro-ish, then start putting in ingredients you love!

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Spanish Rice

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 25 mins Yields 4-6


  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)


  1. On medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil to a 10 inch skillet. Add rice and diced onion stirring constantly until rice begins to lightly brown. Stir in garlic and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Add tomato sauce and stir until the rice pieces are coated. Stir in chicken or vegetable broth and with a spoon push the rice around the skillet forming an even layer. Return the heat to medium-high and when the rice begins to boil, cover and reduce the heat to simmer. Let cook for 20-25 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed in the rice.


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35 Comments on Spanish Rice

  1. July 25, 2014

    I haven’t had Spanish rice in such a long time. It’s not a bit thing over here in Australia but I grew up with it. I’m going to try this.

    • July 28, 2014

      Oh good, glad I peaked your interest to give it a try!

  2. July 26, 2014

    I never knew exactly what #SpanishRice consisted of. Thanks for clearing this up. I like the addition of #Chopped #pepper and #tomato!

    • July 28, 2014

      Those extra ingredients is definitely fit for a chopped meal!

  3. Priya says:
    July 27, 2014

    I’m a rice eater and this looks nice! will try soon..

  4. July 27, 2014

    Mmm, yum, love me some exotic rice 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • July 28, 2014

      Thank you Sarah! I have to concur. You can’t have a Mexican meal without the Spanish rice 🙂

  5. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:
    July 27, 2014

    That sounds absolutely wonderful!! I would love to make this sometime soon!!

    • July 28, 2014

      Thanks, Robin! It’s so tasty. I think you’ll love it!

  6. July 27, 2014

    I love spanish rice. Haven’t had any in a minute. Never tried to make it before but I may now.

    • July 28, 2014

      Oh, I hope you do give it a try Stacie! Let me know what you think. Won’t you 🙂

  7. July 27, 2014

    We love Spanish rice. It just has more flavor then plain white rice. It tastes good with everything.

    • July 28, 2014

      You are so right, Onica! You really can add it as a side dish to any meal. I definitely prefer Spanish rice over plain rice.

  8. July 27, 2014

    G’day! I LOVE Spanish rice and this looks delish! Wish I could try some now Sandra!
    Cheers! Joanne

    • July 28, 2014

      Thank you, Joanne! It’s an easy recipe with lots of flavor!

  9. Meagan says:
    July 27, 2014

    Spanish rice is definitely a favorite in our household.

    • July 28, 2014

      The little bit of flavor really makes this rice stand out!

  10. Debi says:
    July 28, 2014

    I love spanish rice. It is one of my favorite side dishes.

    • July 28, 2014

      Excellent! My family always hopes there will be some left over to eat for a few days!

  11. Rosey says:
    July 28, 2014

    My husband can’t eat Mexican food at home without Spanish rice being on the table too. He loves it!!

    • July 28, 2014

      Isn’t that funny! The meal is not complete without the rice!!

  12. July 30, 2014

    I’d love to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing!

    • July 30, 2014

      Thanks, Karen! Yes, once you practice a bit, you’ll never have that clumpy rice again 🙂

  13. Anyonita says:
    August 15, 2014

    I LOVE Spanish rice & your recipe sounds fantastic! I never use chicken broth in mine, I like the idea of this, so I”m going to have to try it out!

  14. KC Kahn says:
    August 15, 2014

    I love the versatility of this #SpanishRice dish. Of course, I’m going to love the addition of Chopped veggies. This has been on my “to do” since I first saw it. Happy to be reminded! Thanks Sandra

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