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Simple Spanish Rice
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

This Simple Spanish Rice is the perfect accompaniment to Mexican foods, chicken, steak, in burritos, or all by itself!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Easy Mexican Rice, Mexican Rice, Spanish Rice
Servings: 6
Calories: 308 kcal
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium sweet onion , diced small
  • 1 small red bell pepper , seeds and ribs removed, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 10 ounce can ROTEL (diced tomatoes with green chilies) , undrained
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high, heat the olive oil and butter until melted and bubbly. Add in the onions and bell pepper; cook, stirring occasionally until softened, about 3 minutes. Add in the garlic, cumin, salt, and rice and cook for another minute, stirring constantly so the rice doesn’t burn.

  2. At this point, add the mixture to a rice cooker if you have one.** Add in the Rotel and chicken stock; stir to combine and set the cooker to “quick cooking.” When the timer goes off in about 20 minutes, fluff with a fork, serve, and sprinkle with the chopped cilantro.

Recipe Notes

**If you don’t have a rice cooker, at this point, you’ll want to add the Rotel and chicken stock to the pan with the onion mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Rice should not be sticky. Serve and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Nutrition Facts
Simple Spanish Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 134mg6%
Potassium 331mg9%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 23.3mg28%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.