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Spanish Rice with Cilantro

Our Test Kitchen's special Spanish Rice and tomatoes seasoned with green chilies and fresh cilantro make a colorful side dish to serve with tacos for an easy, streamlined supper your family is likely to request often.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro


  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add rice; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, water, broth, chili powder, salt, sugar and cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/8 cups: 258 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 658mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • katlaydee3
    Nov 29, 2014

    I thought this was just okay but not great. Probably will not make again, no depth of flavor.

  • jcbritt98
    Apr 14, 2013

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  • foxfire1379
    Sep 24, 2010

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  • bigpotsy
    Nov 19, 2009

    Very Tasty! MAde this for my daughter who is a vegetarian and she loved it! Goes very nicely with tacos to round out a full meal.

  • sugabug2006
    Oct 9, 2009

    I make this every time I make tacos or enchiladas. In stead of the canned diced tomatoes with green chillies I use a reg. can of diced tomatoes and a draines can of chopped green chillies for a little more heat, I sometimes add cut up cooked chicken to turn it into a main course meal. This is the best spanish rice recipe i have tried and my family agrees.

  • mignam5
    Feb 1, 2008

    It's funny! I have eaten rice like this but Spanish people don't make this rice. I know, I'm Spanish.

  • my_litch91
    Jul 1, 2007

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    May 6, 2007

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  • justmbeth
    Aug 19, 2006

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