Easy Spanish Rice Recipe
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Easy Spanish Rice Recipe

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“I came up with this recipe trying to replace a microwave Spanish rice. This quick recipe has fewer calories and less sodium!” Susan LeBrun - Sulphur, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 envelope enchilada sauce mix
  • 1 cup picante sauce

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 217 calories, 2 g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1905 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil; stir in rice and sauce mix. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in picante sauce. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Easy Spanish Rice in Simple & Delicious January/February 2009, p25

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Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"I would probably cook the rice a little longer and use fresh tomatoes as well next time. Great for a quick fix!"

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2011

"Loved how easy it was and it paired well with the Cajun Perch we were having. Could not find enchilada sauce packet at the store so I just subbed a faijta seasoning packet. Seemed to work okay. Next time, I may play around w/ that though and do a comb seasoning with a tiny bit of taco sauce. I used Pace Med Picante, our fave. Also, just threw it all in a microwave dish and microwaved for 8 min. Seemed to work fine that way!"

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