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Spanish Rice Dish

The bacon adds tremendous flavor to this spicy dish. I learned this tip from a friend while living in New Mexico. It's great served with any Mexican meal, or as a side dish with hamburgers or chicken.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) tomatoes with green chilies with liquid, diced or 1 can (8 ounces) tomatoes with liquid, diced
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups uncooked long grain rice


  • In a Dutch oven, cook bacon until crisp. Drain fat. Add all remaining ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat, until rice is tender, about 35-40 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 148 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 462mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • kids chauffer
    Dec 10, 2017

    I made quite a few modifications to suit my taste and halved the recipe. Sauteed onion, frozen peas n carrots in olive oil. Added some garlic and rice till browned. Instead of the extra can of tomatoes plus or minus the green chilies, i used 1 cup chicken broth. Instead of tomato sauce i used 1 tbsp tomato paste. Covered, brought to a boil then turned heat to low and set the timer for 20 minites. After the 20 minutes undisturbed, turned heat off and came back 10 minutes later to fluff with a fork. Didn't use green chilies or bacon. It was really good and easy to make!

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 2, 2017

    Keep this dish covered while it is cooking! It will save on time, but dish taste great!!

  • sfiacco
    May 22, 2013

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  • JTayFil
    Apr 21, 2013

    Excellent recipe! Couldn't be any easiser.... just put everything in a pot and simmer. I was so glad to find a spanish rice recipe that called for regular rice instead of instant. I did not use any bacon. I used Basmati rice and instead of using 2 large cans of diced tomatoes, I used only 1 and added 2 cups of chicken broth along with the sauce and diced tomatoes w/green chilies. I couldn't find canned chopped green chilies so I used 1/4 cup of sliced canned jalapenos that I chopped. I also added cumin, garlic powder and kidney beans like one reviewer suggested. I ommitted the salt d/t using the broth. The flavor was outstanding. It had a nice bite to it because of the jalapenos and we topped it with a dollop of sour cream. My husband and I wanted something other than just steamed rice and this really hit the spot. Another great recipe to fall back onto!

  • jordie89
    Apr 21, 2010

    I thought this needed a lot of help... I had to work on it for a while before I got it to taste like good spanish rice. looking for a better recipe..

  • notesamy
    May 21, 2009

    Love this recipe!!!

  • Morningdove_Wa
    Apr 8, 2009

    I halved the recipe. And made a couple of additions, I added cumin, and garlic powder. Plus when it was done I added a can of drained and rinsed kidney beans.Actually, it could be a complete meal, by the addition of dry cooked beans. Because beans and rice make a complete protein. Will definitely make this again.

  • teri396
    Apr 2, 2009

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  • Isolda
    Nov 18, 2008

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