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Spanish rice on a white plate

Spanish RIce

Spanish Rice is super simple to make and takes only a few ingredients. It's the perfect, easy side to serve with many Mexican entrees'.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 176kcal
Author Nichole


  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 4 1/4 cups water boiling
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons chicken broth base or 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • cilantro for garnish


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • When the oil is hot, add the rice to the pan and stir. Continue stirring until all the grains turn opaque and then golden brown. 
  • Heat water until boiling in the microwave and whisk in tomato paste and chicken broth base. 
  • Pour hot water mixture into the browned rice and stir in salt, cumin and garlic powder.
  • Bring the pan to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid is fully absorbed.
  • Top with chopped fresh cilantro, if desired, and serve.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 467mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.6mg