It’s easy to make delicious Spanish Rice from scratch, with bell peppers, diced tomatoes, onion, and spices. Perfect side dish for most Mexican foods.Spanish Rice / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mexican cuisine is my favorite type of food to eat, if given the choice. I really enjoy making tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas, tamales, refried beans and Spanish Rice. For years I bought and cooked a “name brand” version of Spanish Rice to serve with our Mexican dinners.

Why Not Make Spanish Rice From Scratch?

A few years ago, I decided to try to make my own version, so I could control what ingredients went into this dish. I don’t know what took me so long to make Spanish rice from scratch! Typically I have all the ingredients necessary, already in my pantry. I love that I don’t have to purchase a pre-boxed, shelf stable version (with some interesting ingredients) to prepare!

The best part is I can make it myself, with FRESH ingredients in just about the same time as the box mix! Spanish Rice is simple to make, and it’s delicious! Serve this delicious Spanish Rice as a side dish with a couple of tacos or enchiladas, and BOOM! You’ve got a great meal!

Spanish rice is a great side dish when serving tacos.

Sure hope you’ll give this recipe for Spanish rice a try! The rice is and easy to make, filling side dish. I think you will like it, especially served with some yummy tacos or enchiladas! Enjoy!

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Spanish Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
It's easy to make delicious Spanish Rice from scratch, with bell peppers, diced tomatoes, onion, and spices. Perfect side dish for most Mexican foods.
Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: spanish rice
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 176 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup brown onion , finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper , chopped finely
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes (canned-do not drain) (one 14 ounce can)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • cilantro for garnish , if desired
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil on medium-high heat. Add the onions and green pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until onions are softened and translucent.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan (except for cilantro). Stir until ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. Bring mixture to a quick boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover pan and cook rice on low simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking time, until liquid has all been absorbed into the rice.
    Check on the rice at the 20 minute mark. If rice needs more cooking time to absorb more liquid, continue cooking. Keep an eye on it, so that you don't burn the rice. When rice is done, place it into serving dish and garnish with cilantro, if desired.  Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 684mg30%
Potassium 217mg6%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Vitamin C 17.6mg21%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    • Hi, Sharon. There is a print button (just below the photo) on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. Hope that helps.

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