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Texas-Style Spanish Rice Recipe

Texas-Style Spanish Rice Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 166 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 279mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .

Reviews for Texas-Style Spanish Rice

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apschwartz 253133
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2016

"Yum!! I also used the whole can of tomatoes but undrained. I love the turmeric and cumin combination. Will definitely be making this one again!"

PrplMonky5 237562
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."

mbaulch 216684
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

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

luigimon 7074
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!!"

Katowe1 38767
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."

rebelwithoutaclue 14008
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."

joycerm53 38458
Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"This is a great recipe. The spice level is perfect!. I usually use brown rice and add some frozen corn. This recipe is a keeper!"

NJuniee 10402
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"This is AWESOME !! Your modified twists are beyond great !! ABSOLUTELY a keeper ! Front page status in my cookbook ! To all readers deciding if they want to try this rice... don't hesitate and don't look any further ! Wonderful flavor and really the best we have ever had ! Thank you for this recipe !!"

chefluv08 39862
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"Loved this recipe, made it tonight for the first time and we thought it was Great!! I added a bit of frozen corn to it and didn't have green pepper so I used orange & red bell instead. This is going on my favorties list for sure!!!"

hraffington 13145
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"My family really enjoyed the favor of this dish. I tripled the recipe and used brown rice and it came out perfect!"

rhiler 201488
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"This is the only Spanish rice recipe both my boyfriend and I like. It is delicious. I used a whole can of tomatoes and chiles in mine."

kansascakedecorater 201487
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2008

"This recipe was a big hit at our family reunion. I doubled the recipe and the pan was empty when dinner was over."

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