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Spanish Rice Recipe

This Spanish Rice Recipe is a delicious dish with grilled meats! Flavourful, easy and tasty!

If you’re looking for a tasty side dish for dinner, this Spanish Rice is a nice addition! It pairs perfectly with grilled meats and any Mexican inspired recipe! This rice is made with tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, beans and spices.

Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Butter and Spanish Rice

Make it a meal!

Serve this Spanish Rice with these Grilled Shrimp and Avocado Butter. And don’t forget to garnish it with fresh cilantro! SO delicious.

More Delicious Ways to Enjoy this rice:

Recipe Tips:

  • Rice: You can use white or brown rice.
  • Tomato Sauce: Use plain tomato sauce with no seasoning.
  • Taco seasoning: I like to keep a jar of this Homemade Taco Seasoning ready to go in my spice drawer for recipes like this. But you can also use a pre-packaged mix.
  • Beans: This recipe calls for kidney beans, but black beans are also perfect.



Spanish Rice Recipe

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This Spanish Rice Recipe is a delicious dish with grilled meats! Flavourful, easy and tasty!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop


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  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 23 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 cups rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (plain, no spices)
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup kidney beans
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. In a large pan, heat the oil over medium heat, then add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and sauté until the rice starts to brown lightly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the water, tomato sauce, seasoning and salt. Mix well.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low-medium. Cover and simmer until the rice has absorbed almost all of the liquid, about 15 minutes.
  5. Then at this time, add the kidney beans, red pepper and tomatoes, and cook for about 5 more minutes, until the rice is tender.

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Recipe adapted from 200 Easy Mexican Recipes

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  1. Oh—wow!! This looks just as wonderful as it did the first time!!

    How sweet for you to post this one for us!! Thank you!!

    Can’t wait to try it!!

    And thank you for taking the time to post this– especially when you’re so busy getting ready for your conference trip!!

    Hope it all goes well!!


  2. Found you through ILO 🙂 Rice is my favorite food (seriously, I know) so I’m going to have to try this. How delicious does that look!? Thanks for sharing it!