Quick Spanish Rice

Quick Spanish Rice

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Servings: 8
  • About This Recipe

    “Great side dish for your Mexican fiesta. Try with Chile Verde (Beef or Pork)!It is as good as you’ll find in any Mexican restaurant.Update:1 teaspoon cumin was added to original recipe.I took some of my reviewers suggestion and added 1 teaspoon of cumin to the recipe. They were right. Cumin definitely adds to the taste.”


  • 1 (15ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cupschicken stock
  • 1 1/4 cupsrice
  • 1tablespoon butter or 1tablespoonmargarine
  • 2teaspoonschili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoonoregano
  • 1/2 teaspoongarlic salt
  • 1teaspooncumin
  • Directions

  • In medium saucepan, combine all ingredients (I usually mash tomatoes with potato masher or give them a quick spin in food processor).
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low.
  • Cover and simmer 25 minutes or until rice is done. (Unless you like sticky, gooey rice, don’t take off the lid and stir at all until it is done).
  • Garnish with green onions and/or cheddar cheese.
  • Reviews

  • “This was very easy and very delicious.I also made “Salsa Chicken” (#27475), sliced it, and fanned it over the top.Tonight with the leftovers I will make burritos.I’ll bet there’s a delicious soup waiting to happen in there too.Oh, how I love meals that turn into other meals.I will use this recipe from now on, thanks for posting!”

  • “This was a fantastic rice recipe!!I didn’t have stewed tomatoes on hand – so I used diced and it worked out great.I increased the chicken broth by 1/4 cup – to make up for the stewed tomatoes.My rice was cooked in 20 minutes.I tossed it with the grated cheddar cheese and placed it on a platter and sprinkled it with the green onions.WONDERFUL!!!Thanks for posting!!”

  • “I sauted some green onions in the butter and then browned the rice some before I added the other ingredients.I used diced tomatoes with green chilies and cut the chili powder to 1 tsp.I also used a little less cumin and oregano than the recipe called for.But all in all, a very easy and tasty recipe for Spanish rice.”

  • “This was great! I found that the rice cooked perfectly as directed (I used basmati rice). It was both quick and easy to prepare. I did up the seasoning just slightly, and added some chopped jalapeno to the rice for an added kick (it didn’t turn out too spicy, but just right!) I would definitely make this again! Thanks for a great recipe!”

  • “Yummy! Much better than the boxed “Spainish Rice” you buy in the store. The chunks of tomato might not settle well with those who aren’t huge tomato fans. “

  • “Excellent tasting rice!”

  • “Thank you for giving my husband the “best rice he’s ever tasted!”I used tomatoes with green chiles added and it came out great.Again thank you.”

  • “Very tasty and easy! I also added cumin as well as a small can of diced green chiles. The water had cooked away after 25 minutes but the rice was still a bit crunchy and underdone so I stirred in a half cup water and cooked for another 10 minutes. Maybe my heat was too high. Still, an excellent and easy recipe for a yummy side dish! Thank you for posting!”

  • “So good and so easy! My husband loved it also. From now on, I’m never making spanish rice out of a box. I added a teaspoon of cumin.”

  • “I loved this because there are no onions to chop, and it makes a generous amount.Once the cooking time was up, I left it alone (covered) on the stove and didn’t bother it until I served dinner – just stirred once to put it in the serving dish.I think that made it fluffier!Great side dish for our taco dinner – tasty and not overpowering.And leftovers will be delicious.”

  • “This is by far the best rice I’ve ever made. However, I did toast the rice in the butter before adding the rest of the ingredients. I was out of oregano, so of course I had to leave that out. Still, It was fantastic! Thanks Sharlene~W!!”

  • “What a surprisingly amazing recipe! Made it as an accompaniment to a Mexican chicken dish (recipe #382953). I left out the butter and added carrots and beans. The cumin does make a huge difference. Thanks for the amazing recipe.”

  • “December 17, 2007: Fabulous recipe. I blended the tomatoes as suggested and followed the recipe as written otherwise. I gave a big scoop of this to my Dad who always skips the Spanish rice and he ate the entire thing, raving about how good it was the entire time. Even the babies loved this rice as it is not hugely spicy. Easy and delicious means this recipe will become a regular in our family! November 8, 2010: I have tried other Quick Spanish Rice recipes but NONE as good as this one and it continues to be my “go to” recipe for Spanish Rice. I now start with 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil and saute the rice first which
    keeps the grains separate and prevents the rice from sticking to the pan. Then add the rest of the ingredients and follow the directions. Try this rice…. you’ll love it!”

  • “Really liked this recipe. I used brown rice & canned crushed tomatoes instead of stewed. I also added some cumin as well as a small can of diced green chiles after all was complete, I thought it needed a little “more punch”. So much better than the boxed variety. You’re also able to manage the sodium which is a plus. FYI- This makes a lot! Thanks for sharing, we’ll be making this again!”

  • “This was very easy!I did everything the way the recipe said, except I added about 3/4 cup of frozen peas and diced carrots.I really like that you just put it all in one pot at the same time and let it cook.”

  • “Quick, easy and most importantly DELICIOUS! I halved the recipe but did not change a thing! Thanks Sharlene!”

  • “Very easy to make.Was in a hurry to find something that required little chopping to go along with my chiles rellenos.It did need a little more seasoning and was a tad bit dry.The chopped green onions and cheese (we used monterey jack) definitely improved the flavor.Thanks!”

  • “This was very easy to make and the flavours all came out in the rice individually, but worked together so well. I left this with the lid on the pan so the rice came out in a creamy consistency.Will definitely be making this again, especially when the money is tight – the ingredients are basic pantry items! Yay!”

  • “I did not like the oregano in this at all.Ruined the whole dish.”

  • “This turned out ok.It was very thick.I used japanese rice and brown rice mixed together.The rice didn’t cook through and it was just not what I was looking for.I’m sure the mistakes were my fault.I was also trying to make a large amount, so I probably didn’t add enough liquid.Maybe I’ll try it again in a smaller batch and see how it turns out.”