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The Best Spanish Rice

By: Addie K. Martin for RecipeLion
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Fresh cilantro and tomato give Spanish rice the unforgettable flavor that you love. Perfect for taco night or as a simple side for any meal, make this rice recipe for a spicy and delicious dish. Make dinner a fiesta tonight and dig in.


Preparation Time35 min

Cooking Time45 min


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt
  • 1 can (10-ounces) of Rotel tomatoes, purreed
  • 4 tablespoons Lime juice
  • 1/4 cup green onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup white rice
  • 1 1/2 cup water


  1. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and salt; stir well. While cooking, stir often and cook for about 10-12 minutes until onions are softened and translucent.

  2. Once the onions are done, add all of the ingredients to a rice cooker, stir well and set to cook.

  3. After the rice is done, let it sit for up to 10 minutes if the rice appears too saucy.

  4. Once done, stir once again and serve.

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Spanish rice has always been a staple in my home and this rice sounds like it would be pretty tasty, but I don't remember ever making Spanish rice without toasting the rice first. The lime juice is a really nice touch that I've never tried...the only thing missing in my book is some diced jalapeno. If you're getting saucy rice, as the finished result, I'm guessing it's due to the added moisture from the tomato puree and tomatoes...just subtract about 1/4 cup of the 1 1/2 cups water and it should come out perfect.

Soooo YUMMY! I love Spanish Rice and especially because it is so versatile. You can add so many different things, depending on what is available, and it can either be a side dish or if you add (for example) sliced chorizo sausage and red bell pepper it can be a delicious light summer meal.

This is it! I have been surfing the site for the perfect rice to go with a taco bar birthday party for a teenager. Is there a variation to make this on the stovetop, as opposed to a rice cooker? I would rather not have to buy a rice cooker, but will get one if that is the only way to make this recipe. I love, love, love that it has cilantro in it.

This recipe seems so easy. No trouble at all. I think I'm going to make. I really love rice and I like spicy things. I have only eaten store bought Spanish rice before so would like to try my own. I like the cilantro 'twist' as I like fresh herbs so I'm guessing that's going to step up the flavor nicely.

I have been trying to find a good Spanish Rice recipe and this sounds great. Can you substitute table salt for the Kosher salt? Also, can the olive oil be substituted for canola oil? If I cook it on top of the stove do I need to add extra water? Usually when cooking rice the amount of water is doubled.

I have a cilantro plant that I've been wanting to use, but I didn't know what to put it in. I'm definitely going to try this one out!

I just purchased a rice cooker and I've been looking for some great recipes. This one will be perfect and so easy to make for taco night!

I don't have a rice cooker, so I cooked it on the stovetop. It's gummy, and the taste is very strong of lime.


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