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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amsm User ID: 8302234 251914
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2016

"This recipe was easy to make with ingredients that I have on hand. I will definitely make it again!"

vstern User ID: 4035754 234999
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."

daddyspunkin_n_mommaspuddin User ID: 1404437 217488
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

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

aicenhour User ID: 4627743 216482
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!"

xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 5491
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2014

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

[email protected] User ID: 1665956 7573
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."

Awesome_Sauce User ID: 7786676 5490
Reviewed May. 6, 2014

"I followed the recipe but sauteed the chopped onion and garlic together with the rice before adding the other ingredients. I also threw everything into a rice cooker so I didn't have to make sure it doesn't overcook. Turned out perfectly! Delicious!"

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 6578
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"Very easy and yummy. I added some cumin and chili powder for more flavor since I didn't have broth. Thanks!"

Evercookin User ID: 7602732 7038
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"Delish! I sautéed chopped onion and a chopped sweet pepper along with the rice. Also used a can of diced tomatoes with jalapeño to add a bit of zip. Finally, I added sliced, fully cooked chorizo sausage at the very end to make this a complete meal. dinner was a BIG hit!"

istIrene User ID: 7365992 199759
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

"can I use same recipe in a rice cooker (14 cup)"

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