How to make Homemade Spanish Rice/Mexican Rice. whatever you call it, we’ve got the best and Easiest Spanish Rice Recipe you can find. It tastes like it came straight from the restaurant!
Easy Mexican Rice
I LOVE Spanish Rice (aka MexicanRice)! As previously mentioned, I’m 1/2 Mexican. Contrary to popular belief, it’s true… even if I’m SUPER WHITE!! Although I’m white, I can still cook some AMAZING Mexican Food, and that’s because I have wonderful teachers like my MOM and AUNTS.
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My mom has been making today’s Spanish Rice recipe for as long as I can remember and first showed me how to make it several years ago. Now, we make it on a weekly basis because my kids are obsessed and it’s just so easy. I admit I was intimidated at first to make it, but we make it so often that it’s become second-nature!
This recipe is actually the Spanish Rice recipe of a popular Mexican Restaurant in Mesa called Mango’s (down on Main). If you’ve ever been down there and liked their rice, then you’ll love this recipe. It really is simple, delicious and the perfect side to any Mexican dish!
How to Make Spanish Rice
One of the main reasons we love this recipe (other than the fact that it’s simple), is because we always have the ingredients on hand. Here are the Spanish rice ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious side dish:
- long grain rice
- tomato sauce
- minced garlic
- chicken broth
- garlic pepper + salt
Is Long Grain rice best for Spanish Rice? Yes! It gets fluffy and does not get sticky like some of the short-grained rices.
Can you use salsa instead of tomato sauce? Sure thing! Salsa can add more flavor and even a bit more spice to this mild rice recipe. It’s all about preference.
Once ingredients are gathered, follow these simple steps to make this recipe…
Begin, by heating oil in a large frying pan. Add your rice and cook until golden. Add your garlic and your heated water with chicken bouillon cube (or chicken broth). Also add tomato sauce, salt, cumin and garlic pepper and stir.
Stir and cover and turn down to LOW and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until it there is no liquid left. Fluff before serving.
Best Spanish Rice Toppings include chopped peppers, chopped cilantro or even green onions.
Once all your spices and tomato sauce are added, stir and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes.
Can this Spanish Rice be reheated? Yes. Just store in an air-tight container and reheat in the microwave.
We love to use this rice in so many of our recipes, including:
And best of all, is that it’s the best side for any Mexican meal!! Below are video and printable instructions to make the Mexican rice. We hope you can enjoy it with any Mexican dish you try.
For more Mexican rice recipes, check out:
Complete the meal by also making:
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Red Cheese Enchiladas
- Beef Empanadas
- Green Chile Burros
- Baked Chicken Chimichanga
Mexican Rice Recipe Video:
Spanish Rice Recipe
- 2 cups long grain rice
- 1/4 cup oil
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 6 stems cilantro (optional)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 4 cups water
- 1 cube chicken flavored bouillon
- dash cumin
- dash garlic pepper
Heat oil in large frying pan on medium heat.
Add rice and cook until golden brown.
Add 1 chicken flavored bouillon cube to 4 cups water and microwave for 3 minutes.
When rice is brown, add water, tomato sauce, salt, garlic, cumin and garlic pepper to pan.
Stir and cover pan. Let simmer for 30-40 minutes or until all is cooked and there is no liquid left. Fluff before serving and ENJOY.