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Spanish Rice (or Mexican Rice)

This recipe for easy restaurant style Spanish-Mexican rice is the perfect side dish; it’s simply spiced, mild, and fluffy, this rice is easy to put together and goes wonderfully with any Spanish-Mexican dish.

Growing up in So. California I ate my weight in Mexican food, had dear friends who were Mexican and taught us how to make some delicious foods, by far one of my favorite sides for Taco Tuesday is Spanish rice!

Try these other family and reader favorites: Cheesy Enchiladas, Creamy White Queso, and Super Simple Guacamole.

White bowl filled with fluffy Spanish Mexican Rice with a sprig of fresh cilantro.

EASY SPANISH-MEXICAN RICE

Whole Food Ingredients

  • 2 cups long-grain rice (I use organic Basmati), rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup oil (I like Avocado or Grapeseed Oil)
  • 1 8 oz can organic tomato sauce (I split a 16 oz can)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 cups chicken broth (32 oz carton)
  • fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

This is an easy and authentic spanish rice recipe that will become a family favorite and your go-to recipe when needing a side dish for your Mexican foods.

Do You Need to Rinse Your Rice?

First, check to see if your rice needs to be rinsed, it should give instructions on your package. I admit, I usually skip this step, but for this recipe, it’s crucial so that your rice doesn’t clump or get gummy, plus it washes away any debris.

Grab a strainer and rinse away under cool water. Then set and allow to drain while you prep your ingredients. I like a nice long grain basmati rice for this dish.

Spanish Mexican Rice Pin in white bowl with sprig of fresh cilantro and a spoon.

KATHLEEN’S FRESH TIP | Keep your uncooked rice in the crisper drawer of your fridge for ultimate freshness!

How to Make Skillet Spanish Rice

This skillet rice assembles in a few minutes, I love making it in my cast iron skillets.

  1. Heat oil in large skillet (at least 10.25 inches). Carefully add rice and cook, stirring until golden brown, it will “pop” a little and some rice won’t quite brown, but will turn opaque.
  2. As the rice browns, scoot the rice to the side and quickly saute the minced garlic for a minute, then combine with the rest of the rice.
browning raw rice and garlic for spanish Mexican rice
  1. Once rice and garlic are browned, add tomato sauce, sea salt, cumin, onion powder, give it a stir, then pour in chicken broth.
pouring in broth for spanish rice
  1. Cover and bring to simmer on low for 30-40 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork just before serving and garnish with chopped cilantro if desired. 

Grab a pretty pitcher, and a few simple ingredients and mix up a delicious, natural  margarita in a salt and lime rimmed glass or try this beautiful Hibiscus Margarita!

Tips

  • PREP – Recipes like this are easier when you take a few minute and prep, chop, measure your ingredients out ahead of time.
  • RINSE – Before starting this Spanish Mexican rice recipe, rinse and drain the rice in a colander and allow it to sit while prepping the other ingredients.
  • SUBSTITUTIONS – Try adding a 4 oz canned of diced green chili’s, some frozen corn, peas and carrots.
  • NOT SPICY – Like most restaurant style spanish rice I have enjoyed, this is not a spicy dish, if you desire more spice, add several shakes of cayenne pepper, a diced jalapeño or your favorite Mexican spice.

What to Serve Spanish Rice with:

Also try my Cilantro Lime Rice with your Mexican-Spanish dishes.

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Yield: 12 servings

Spanish Mexican Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Simply spiced, mild, fluffy; the Spanish Mexican Rice is the perfect side dish for any Mexican food you choose to cook up.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long-grain rice (I use organic Basmati), rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup oil (I like Avocado oil)
  • 1 8 oz can organic tomato sauce (I split a 16 oz can)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 cups chicken broth (32 oz carton)
  • fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse the rice in a fine strainer, let drain. Heat oil over medium heat in a large frying pan, I love cast iron pans. Carefully add rinsed rice, to the hot oil and stir until browned.
  2. When rice is browned, scoot to one side and toss in your garlic sauteing for 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, cumin, salt, onion powder, and salt, stir to combine. Pour in your chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  3. Cover and simmer on low for 30-40 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed. Fluff rice with a fork just before serving.
  4. Store leftovers in quart sized freezer bags, allow to cool completely before freezing. To reheat poke a couple holes in the baggie and heat 2-3 minutes until steamy hot.

Notes

© 2018 | This recipe for Spanish-Mexican Rice was featured first on The Fresh Cooky.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 767mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate.

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