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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), 0 cholesterol, 279mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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apschwartz User ID: 1393337 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 User ID: 6612040 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 User ID: 7600486 216684
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

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

luigimon User ID: 1692040 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 User ID: 7617173 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 User ID: 4288906 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 User ID: 703299 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 User ID: 7332043 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 User ID: 3615373 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 User ID: 1921037 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 User ID: 2066529 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 User ID: 107246 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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