Texas-Style Spanish Rice Recipe
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Texas-Style Spanish Rice Recipe

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The original version of this recipe was given to me by a Mexican friend, but I've modified the spices to suit my family's tastes. It's become a favorite at our house—see if it doesn't do the same at yours! —Melissa Pride, Plano, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 166 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 279 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a skillet, saute onion and green pepper in oil for about 2 minutes. Add rice and stir until coated with oil. Add tomatoes, turmeric, cumin, salt, garlic powder and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Add cilantro if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Texas-Style Spanish Rice in Country February/March 1993, p49

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Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"Not sure if I did something wrong, but this wasn't as great as I expected it to be. I could taste the spices and the tomato was a good addition, but it didn't really have anything to it. I wound up putting a little extra salt on it (which I NEVER do) and it actually helped bring out the rest of the flavors. I cut the recipe in half, and used 1/2C diced tomatoes. It's possible I didn't drain the tomatoes well enough and the extra liquid caused the taste to dilute. I will try this again, adding in the corn like others suggested next time, and maybe just a tad more salt."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"Very good and easy...I drained the tomatoes and used the whole can."

Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"We loved this!! I used the whole can of tomatoes, too, like one of the other reviewers. I don't normally care for Spanish rice, but this is tasty!!"

Reviewed May. 5, 2014

"I made this recipe yesterday and it was delish. My son enjoyed it. It was easy and didn't require a lot of ingredients."

Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"Wow this is good. Only change was using brown rice. Next time I may use corn as others suggested but no need to mess with this recipe much."

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