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Speedy Spanish Rice Recipe

Speedy Spanish Rice Recipe

Mexican food is big with our family; in fact, one of my nephews loves this dish so much that he always requests it for his special birthday dinner! -Angie Rorick of Fort Wayne, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked instant brown rice
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro or 1 teaspoon dried cilantro flakes
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup picante sauce


  • 1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute the rice, onion, green pepper and garlic in butter until rice is lightly browned and vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in the water, cilantro, cumin, bouillon and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • 2. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Stir in picante sauce. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 201 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 615mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

"the picante sauce should be optional..."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"I also had to use instant white rice. And red pepper, instead of green. The seasoning was perfect. A keeper!"

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"Oh my goodness, this is good. I use instant white rice though after trying brown rice. I'm not a fan of instant rice but this is very tasty. I omitted the cilantro as I didn't have any."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2008

"Simple and easy to prepare. I did not have brown instant rice, so I substituted instant white rice, and it came out just fine."

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