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Easy Mexican Rice (Spanish Rice)

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Spanish rice
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Learn how to make authentic Mexican Rice (also known as Spanish Rice) just like the kind you find in restaurants. It's so easy to make and people love it. Just take a look at the 25 (or more) reviews. Even if you don't have all of the ingredients on hand, their are plenty of substitutions listed after the instructions.

You can also view each step of this recipe with this picture tutorial Step-By-Step Spanish Rice

You can also try one of these easy Mexican main dishes to go with this delicious rice, Easy Enchiladas or Chile Rellenos

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 of a medium onion*
  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 3 cloves finely chopped garlic *
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup plain tomato sauce*
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of finely chopped parsley (optional)


In a medium sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add in the fresh onion. Saute for 1-2 minutes until softened. Add dry rice and cook with the onions for about 5 minutes or until rice becomes a golden brown color. Add in the garlic to the rice and saute for one more minute.

Add in broth and tomato sauce (add slowly into the rice, not directly onto hot pan!) And then add in the parsley if you're using it. Stir it up and bring to a boil. Once it starts boiling, turn the heat to low and cover. Let it simmer for 20 minutes and fluff with a fork.

Substitutions- If you don't have fresh garlic or onions on hand you can use the equivalent in powder form. Do not saute the powder, just skip that step and add the garlic powder and/or onion powder when you add the liquids. If you don't have tomato sauce you can use 1 cup of unseasoned stewed tomatoes (with their liquid) that have been chopped, or canned diced tomatoes with their liquid. Rotel and jarred salsa can also be decent substitutes.

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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Great rice, recipe, and substitution advice..., Member Kristen_rene

Great and easy recipe to follow. I made a few changes, because I am a difficult person. I used less than a 1/4 onion, and i minced the heck out of it so i wouldn't see or crunch into it, used onion powder for the difference. Then I used garlic powder, because thats what I had, added salt and pepper, followed the recipe, and then finally I used some Cholula hot sauce, not salsa (dont like the chunks.) Was told by everyone that ate it, it was the best rice I have ever made, and I def. agree. Thanks so much!!!

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