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Easy Spanish Rice

Easy Spanish Rice recipe is simple to make, positively delicious and it's ready in about 25 min. Like it came straight from the restaurant!
Course dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword mexican, rice, spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Servings 6


  • pinch of saffron for Spanish rice about 1/8 tsp when ground
  • 2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • ½ red bell pepper finely chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp ground cumin for Mexican rice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • green onions finely chopped
  • cilantro


  • Soak the saffron in a small bowl of hot water so it is ready to use.
  • Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and red pepper and cook until slightly soft, 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic and continue cooking 1-2 minutes or until garlic is fragrant and vegetables are soft.
  • Add the rice and cook until golden brown, stirring frequently, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Stir in the broth, tomato sauce and seasonings (chili powder, oregano, saffron or cumin and salt and pepper).
  • Bring to boil over high heat, reduce to low heat, cover with a lid and cook until all liquid is absorbed, about 8-10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from the heat, remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve with green onions or cilantro if desired.
  • Store the leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.