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.
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!
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!
Looking For More MEXICAN FOOD Recipes?
You can find all my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few favorite Mexican or Southwest inspired recipes are:
- Pork Tamales
- Easy Chile Relleno Casserole
- Chicken Taco Salad Bowl
- Grilled Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce
- Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad
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Recipe Source: My brain, and my Mexican food hunger pangs.
- 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
- 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.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan (except for cilantro). Stir until ingredients are thoroughly combined.
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!
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