Spanish Rice Recipe
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Spanish Rice Recipe

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You'll find my Spanish Rice is so much better than any boxed variety found in grocery stores. Best of all, it can be prepared in about the same time as those so-called convenience foods using items found in your pantry.—Anne Yaeger, Washington DC, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 217 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 886mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add rice and stir until browned. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove bay leaf before serving. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Spanish Rice in Taste of Home August/September 1994, p11

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Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"My husband and I both loved this recipe. I had left over cooked instant brown rice, so I omitted the water. Turned out perfect!! Will for sure make this again."

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"I think I would like it better without the bay leaf."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"This recipe is easy and cost effective! I am always looking for alternatives to buying over-priced convenience food at the grocery store! Thanks!"

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2014

"My family didn't care for this recipe. No flavor."

Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"I was looking forward to making this, and it was quite easy. Wasn't yummy at all. No flavor. Need to add some sauce, to get some flavor."

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