Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe

Recipes · Sides · October 20, 2017

Restaurant-Style Spanish Rice (aka Mexican Rice)

I LOVE MexicanΒ Rice (aka Spanish Rice)! As previously mentioned, I’m 1/2 Mexican. Contrary to popular belief, it’s true… even if I’m SUPER WHITE!! Although I’m pretty darn white, I can still cook some AMAZINGΒ Mexican Food, and that’s because I have wonderful teachers like my MOM and AUNTS. TODAY, I’d like to introduce you to my mudda, Liv (and my dad – hence the whiteness). 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. 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 after the first time it’s become easier and easier!

Ain’t she pretty?Β She’s gonna KILL me for putting a pic of her on here, but oh well. πŸ˜€

This recipe isΒ actually the Spanish Rice (aka Mexican 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,Β then you’ll love this recipe. It really is simple, delicious and the perfect side to any Mexican dish!

How to make spanish rice

Brown the rice…

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Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice - it is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes you'll try!! Our whole family loves it!

Add the broth…

Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice - it is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes you'll try!! Our whole family loves it!

Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice - it is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes you'll try!! Our whole family loves it!

Once all your spices and tomato sauce are added, let it simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice - it is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes you'll try!! Our whole family loves it!

Mexican Rice Recipe

It truly is the best side for any Mexican meal!! Below are video and printable instructions to make the Mexican rice.

For more Mexican rice recipes, check out:

Spanish Rice Recipe Video:

How to make Spanish Rice:

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Mexican Rice Recipe
 
Restaurant-Style Spanish Rice (aka Mexican Rice), that is easy to make and tastes like it came straight from the restaurant, and is the best side dish to any Mexican entree.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rice long grain
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 small can (8oz) tomato sauce
  • 6 stems cilantro (optional)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 4 cups water + 1 chicken flavored bouillon cubes (or 4 cups chicken broth)
  • dash of cumin
  • dash of garlic pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in large frying pan on medium heat.
  2. Add rice and cook until golden brown.
  3. Add 1 chicken flavored bouillon cube to 4 cups water and microwave for 3 minutes.
  4. When rice is brown, add water, tomato sauce, salt, garlic, cumin and garlic pepper to pan.
  5. 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.
Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice - it is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes you'll try!! Our whole family loves it!
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    Jessica

    Yumm! Spanish rice! This recipe looks soo good! Thanks, for sharing… stopping by via New Friend Friday! Have a great weekend!

    Kiera and Joe

    That is a great picture of your parents! They look so happy πŸ™‚ And I can't wait to try this! I have been looking for a good spanish rice recipe!

    A Mommy Bloggers BFF

    Looks delish!Following from New Friend Friday!

    Derek & Kellyn

    That picture makes me want to cry!! Im so glad you did this. Maybe now I can actually make her rice instead of Rice a Roni, Mexican Style πŸ™‚

    Leslie Limon

    You won me over with this post/recipe. I'm 1/4 Mexican, but you'd never guess by looking at me. I'm married to a full-blooded Mexican and I'm living in Mexico.

    Makalani Adolpho, PLC

    Looks Yumm-O. I love all kinds of rice being from the islands and all. I will have to try this.

    Its So Very Cheri

    Yummy!!! I want to make some.If you have any other projects you would like to enter in the DIY Club inc contest,we would love to have you.It doesn't matter that you have won before–OUR Sponsors want you to use their products and enter them, they would be HURT if you didn't re-enter additional projects. We would love to have you enter a project every month with some of the sponsor products you received. Have you seen the gift package this month?Cheri

    Jasmine

    That looks sooo good! Just wondering, does it matter what kind of rice you use? like short or long grained rice? thanks!

    kleinmanfamily

    OK, this is totally funny, but I met your parents this spring. I live in Louisville, KY and have gotten to know your brother while he was in our ward. What a wonderful Missionary he is!!!

    Kameron

    Okay, made this (doubled it) last Sunday, and ate. It. All. By yesterday. Now I'm making more! Can I just say DELICIOSO! : ) thanks for sharing it!

    Kameron

    Ps… I also added green chiles to it halfway through the five days it lasted, and it was really really good!

    Tuck N Jules

    This is the THIRD time I have come back for this recipe … I definitely need to write it down! Yum.

    Sandy McClay

    YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!! I adore Mangos…..everytime I go to Mystic Paper I eat there….are you related to the owners????? Lucky you!

      Lil' Luna

      A trip to Mangos and Mystic Paper is a little like heaven, huh?! We aren’t related to the owners but are great family friends. We don’t get down to Mangos a ton anymore, but always hit up the other’s brothers’ places – El Sol (on Arizona Ave, south of Ray) and especially Rico’s (on McQueen and Elliot) – both soooo good, and just like Mangos. πŸ™‚

    Jackie

    I’ve been looking for a recipe for Spanish rice for a long time. Thank you for posting it & thanks to you Mom for sharing it! Love the picture of your parents. Your Mom is beautiful!

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you, Jackie!! You will have to let me know what you think of this recipe… it is seriously my family’s favorite and is made several times each month! πŸ˜€

        Jenny Christensen

        What size of tomato sauce?

          Lil' Luna

          It is the 8oz can:) I’d love to know if you try this recipe! It is super easy and the best side:)

            Nichole

            Dang… just read this after adding a 15 oz can πŸ™ Wish me luck…

            Lil' Luna

            Dang!! It will just be extra tomato-y πŸ™‚ Let me know!!

    Sarah Olson(themagicalslowcooker)

    This is similar to how I make spanish rice, a hispanic friend gave me the recipe! The only different thing is the garlic. I will try the garlic next time! Let me tell you, that this rice tastes just like mexican restaurants rice.!

    Linda Orman

    My husband says you look like Snow White and I agree!!!!!!!!!!! Your mom looks beautiful too. Lucky husband having mexican food all his life.!

      Lil' Luna

      You’re too nice! I’ve actually heard that a few times before… it’s the dark hair, white skin and red lipstick I’m often found wearing. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

    Karen

    I made your Spanish rice for my family to go with this: http://www.funnytummycafe.com/2013/01/26/chicken-adobo/
    Talk about a hit of a meal! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Katherine

    I have looked at several of your recipes, they look amazing. Hope you are able to get your website working properly, soon, I cannot get the print this page to work.

    Liz O.

    Found this recipe on Pinterest. What kind of rice do you use? Short grain? Long grain?

      Marianne

      Liz O, typically long grain rice is used. This recipe looks amazing. I’m going to have to try it real soon.

    Bonne

    I’m so excited for this..I’ve tried making a white girl version of Spanish rice for my part Mexican husband sooooo many times and it NEVER turns out. Thanks for you sharing…looking forward to reading your other recipes.

    Sandy

    3/4Cup of oil ?!!!! Is this correct or a typo???

      Megan

      I’m making the rice tonight and couldn’t leave all of that oil in there. We did use 3/4 C to brown it in, but then removed the excess oil before continuing on with the recipe. I echo Sandy. Is it really 3/4 C?

    Selma

    It’s great that you are getting thoughts from this post as well as from our discussion made at this place.

    Jenifer

    This is my exact recipe although I use less oil and no cilantro. If no kids are going to be eating it, instead of using regular tomato sauce, I use spicy tomato sauce found in the Mexican aisle of the grocery store.

    I could eat this rice everyday!

    bobbi

    just cooked this! the only scared part about it was putting the hot water into the oil and rice be careful! simple and easy & tastes great
    thank you for the recipe!

      Lil' Luna

      SO glad it turned out! Adding the water to the oil is definitely a little scary. I’ll be making it this weekend too – it’s one of our favorites. πŸ™‚

    bobbi

    scary*

      Diane

      Just want you to know, I have to say this is the best Spanish Rice recipe I have ever tried, and let me tell you I have tried many. Thanks for posting. Looking for a good Carne Guisada recipe,

        Lil' Luna

        Thank you for taking the time to comment, Diane! SO glad you like it. It’s definitely our favorite too! Unfortunatey, I haven’t had Carne Guisada before but will be on the look out for a good recipe for it. πŸ™‚

    m kosztur

    entirely too much oil. as previously noted-must be a typo.

      Lil' Luna

      The oil is correct. I’ve made it twice in the last week and it was fine. If you think it’s too much I’d try 2/3 cup instead of 3/4 cup.

    Georgie

    Hi! I’m going to try this tonight… Is tomato sauce ‘passata’ or ketchup?
    Down under ‘Australia’ we call your ketchup ‘tomato sauce’ so I thought I’d better check πŸ™‚
    Thanks

      Lil' Luna

      It’s not ketchup but comes in cans and is called Tomato sauce. Do you have that there in Australia?

      Adriana

      I would try Passata for those in Australia. Or tinned diced tomatoes even. Our sauce is completely different to the US canned sauce. I will be trying this recipe for my husband who LOVES Mexican food. If this turns out right maybe I can convince him not to buy so much Mexican Takeaway πŸ˜€

        Lil' Luna

        Thank you Adriana for sharing those ideas!! It really is a super easy recipe. Hope he likes it!!

    Michael Gene

    I LOVE Spanish rice. I had this recipe memorized after the second time making it πŸ™‚ my family loves it. Thank you for sharing.

      Lil' Luna

      SO glad to hear that. It’s definitely a favorite at our home too. πŸ™‚

    Darby

    Can you make this using cold, already cooked rice? I have about 4 cups cooked white rice I need to use for something.

      Lil' Luna

      Hi Darby. Unfortunately, I’ve never tried it using cold, cooked rice. I think for this recipe to turn out it needs uncooked rice. πŸ™

      Genevieve Puente

      Make rice pudding with your left over cooked rice or fried rice!!!

    Angelica

    Your mom is so pretty you have a little of both and rice recipe is very good

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you, Angelica. πŸ™‚

    Amy R.

    Hey thanks!!!

    I’m half Mexican too and super white!!! Looove it!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay for super white half Mexicans, lol!! Seriously, no one believes me when I tell them. πŸ˜€

    Kori

    I’m just curious if the rice is cooked before you get started.

      Lil' Luna

      You start with uncooked rice. πŸ™‚

    Samantha

    Made this once and the flavor was awesome but I realized it was way too much oil. Making tonight with half the oil. Excited because although I am as white as they come, I grew up Catholic in Southern California which means I love traditional Mexican food πŸ˜‰ thanks for sharing!

    Brenda Lilley

    This sounds like it would be delicious! You list cilantro as optional, and since I love it, I was wondering when you would add it. Also, how do you prepare it? Chopped, shredded, whole or what? Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes!

      Lil' Luna

      If you want cilantro I would chop it and add it just a few minutes before serving, or you can even sprinkle it on after serving. πŸ™‚

        Tashana

        I definitely do this when I make Spanish rice. YUMMY!

    Melodie

    I made this today and it was wonderful! I will definitely make it regularly! However I agree with the commenter who said it was too much oil. I cut it back to 2/3 cup of oil (actually 1 1/3 cup since I doubled the recipe) and it was still very oily. Next time I will try 1/2 cup and see how it turns out. Overall, a great recipe and I was very pleased!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay! I’m so glad you like it. Cutting back the oil is a great idea. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

    Alyssa

    I LOVE this recipe and have made it many times. I was curious though if you’ve ever tried freezing it? We usually have a Mexican dish once and week and I would love an easier way to have this as a side dish each time!

      Lil' Luna

      Hi Alyssa – so glad you have made this recipe many times and love it. Unfortunately, we have never tried freezing it. :/ If you decide to let me know how it goes so I can make a note of it on the recipe and can let others know if it does or doesn’t work. πŸ™‚

      Cheryl

      I have made this recipe several times. And, I freeze it. Reheats wonderfully.

    April

    Can I use brown rice with this recipe? Also, do you have a refried bean recipe? I love spanish rice and refried beans!

      Lil' Luna

      I’ve never tried brown rice but I imagine it would still work… and we have a great family recipe for refried beans but I haven’t posted it yet. Will try to do that soon. πŸ™‚

    Heather

    This was very simple and delicious. A couple tweaks I made to the recipe were, I used 1/4 cup of oil instead of 3/4 like the recipe calls for. 2 lg garlic cloves, swansons chicken broth instead of the water and only 3 cups of the broth not 4 as it yielded a firmer rice. Also instead of tomato sauce I used 4 tbs of Tom. Paste. Halfway through cooking I added a cup of frozen mixed veggies and spread them on top of rice to steam during the last part of cooking. The rice I used was jasmine, it yields a firmer texture if cooked just right. Thank you for the base of this recipe, wonderful!

    Angela Guerra

    3/4 cups of oil is a lot of oil..about how many ppl does this recipe make for? Im just cooking for a family of 3

      Lil' Luna

      I sometimes so 2/3 cup… it always turns out fine. For 3 people I would definitely half it. This recipe makes for about 8-10 sides. πŸ™‚

    Samantha

    Although it looks really good, I feel like the tittle of the recipe is deceiving. I am from Spain and we actually never eat this kind of rice. Nevertheless, good recipe.

    patty

    I make my Mexican rice in my rice cooker .. I do everything like you but just put it in the rice cooker Perfect rice every single time.My mom would put frozen baby peas and corn

      Lil' Luna

      If I ever get a rice cooker, I will definitely give it a try. Thanks for the tip!

      Gretchen

      Hi, wondering how you make this in the rice cooker since you’re supposed to fry the rice first.. I’m borrowing my brothers rice cooker for a bday party and was going to fry the rice and then transfer after for simmering.. is this what you do or please explain πŸ™‚

        Lil' Luna

        I’ve never tried a rice cooker, so honestly I’m not sure how it would get made? If you are familiar with one and think that would work, I’d love to know! But, you need to definitely need to brown it with the oil first, if you can’t in a rice cooker.

    Brittany

    Are you supposed to drain the extra oil? 3/4 cup is a lot of oil.

      Lil' Luna

      When I make this recipe (which is often), almost all the oil cooks out. I recommend using 1/2 cup if you think 3/4 is too much. πŸ™‚

    Ali

    I made this twice this week. It is delicious and really easy to make.

    [email protected] Holliday's at Home

    I’ve always been intimidated by making Spanish rice but this recipe has given me so much confidence. Simple ingredients and easy to follow instructions. I fixed this rice with beef enchiladas and it was great! Simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I just love hearing that!! We make this recipe weekly and although there was a time I was intimidated by it, it’s so easy now. Glad it was a hit!

    sam i am

    I made this with brown rice and didn’t change anything else in the recipe. It was delicious and the brown rice even had the texture of white rice. I have been looking for a Mexican rice recipe for a long time and now I have found a keeper. Thank you!

      Lil' Luna

      I’ve never tried brown rice before but should – sounds amazing! Thanks for the suggestion. πŸ˜‰

    WANDA

    DO U HAVE A FRIED BEANS RECIPE. WOULD LOVE IT. IF U DO?

    Tashana

    I just want to say you and your mom are BEAUTIFUL. You don’t need to convince anyone of “what” you are, and your food is awesome! You are my go-to gal for Mexican recipes! πŸ˜‰

      Lil' Luna

      SO glad you love our Mexican recipes… sometimes I feel like it’s the only thing I make because it’s what I’m most familiar with. I hope you can continue to find great recipes on the site. πŸ˜‰

    mackenzie welker

    I LOVE spanish rice! A doctor recently recommended that I go a a low sodium diet to hold off early meniers disease… anyway I was wondering if this would still turn out okay if I lessened or omitted the salt?

      Lil' Luna

      I think it would be okay. I would use less salt and maybe use half a bouillon cube with the water. πŸ˜‰

    Sandra

    Hi Krystin,

    This looks so yummie and have been looking for a recipe like this. I’ve got one question though: how many ml are in the can of sauce. I am from The Netherlands and not sure are small jars of tomato sauce will be the same in quantity…

    LizA

    That looks de-lish and so easy. But tell me, does it come out dry, or moist and “clumpy?” I have the worst luck making Spanish rice.

    Do you rinse your rice beforehand?????

      Lil' Luna

      I’ve never rinsed my rice beforehand, and the rice always comes out moist. πŸ˜‰ We make it every week! Let me know how you end up liking it. πŸ˜‰

    L.Dean

    You don’t look”pretty darn white” to me. That rice may be good but where’s the onion? Definitely needs cilantro,shouldn’t be an option. When I go to a Mexican restaurant and they serve this bland rice,I add pico de gallo to it. So much better with flavor added to it.

      Renee

      Wow.. what a rude comment. Not sure if you realize or even care, but your words are extremely discourteous. There are a million more polite and respectful ways you could have stated what you did above. Have a great day

    Katie

    I have been using this Spanish Rice recipe for a few years. It is always a hit. I can’t tell you how much I love love love it! Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes and ideas!:)

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks for the sweet words, Katie! I’m not joking when I say I make it once a week. My kids LOVE it (and so do I!!) Hope you can continue to find great recipes here on the site. πŸ˜‰

    Karen

    this is absolutely my go-to recipe for Spanish rice! I’ve made it on numerous occasions, everybody loves it and wants the recipe. I’m making it today for a end of the year softball party where they are serving trip tip, Pico de gallo, etc. Thpught this would be a perfect side dish, and I tripled the recipe. I know it will be a hit! Thanks for sharing.

      Lil' Luna

      I’m so glad it’s a hit!! We make it every week because the whole family loves it. Thank you for stopping by and good luck at the Softball Party!! ;D

    AL

    This recipe turned out great! I used canned chicken broth to substitute for the bullion cube and water.

    Amber

    Mine didn’t turn out. It turned mushy and the flavor was bland. Sucks cuz I really thought this would be a winner.

      Lil' Luna

      Did you follow the directions exactly? It really is a winner recipe, and I can honestly say I make it once a week. πŸ˜€

        Renee

        I made this exactly as the instructions said and it was AMAZING. Not mushy at all. Thanks for the recipe, and for that matter, providing FREE recipes to sometimes ungrateful people πŸ˜‰

          Lil' Luna

          Thank you so much Renee!! I am so happy that it was amazing!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    Diane Lebel

    Do u boil the rice first before u fry it

      Lil' Luna

      Nope… just fry it a little bit and then add the remaining ingredients. πŸ˜‰

    Pam

    My rice was still hard when i was done
    What should I do ?

    Becky

    Hi, what size can tomato sauce do you use? We have 3 different sizes i know its not the bigger one but confused on which one of the two to use. Thanks

    Yvette villarreal

    How many pounds of rice needed for party of 5oppl

    Denise

    Quick,easy and sooo delicious!!

    jessica ann santos

    Cant wait to try this! All the way here in the Philippines! I assume i have to cook the rice separately first, right? πŸ˜€

      Karina Salinas

      Jessica, brown the rice in oil first as stated in the recipe. You then add liquid and spices and follow the rest of the recipe to finish cooking the rice. You start with uncooked rice, brown it in oil, finish the cooking process in the tomato sauce, other liquid, and spices.

    Karina Salinas

    Kristen, this is exactly how I learned to make Mexican rice. My biggest problem is that no matter what I do, my rice always comes out wetter than the restaurant rice. ALWAYS! If I lessen the liquid, then I have hard rice kernels!! Any suggestions? Also, my cousins have a Mexican father and Irish mother. Two of them have black hair, lighter skin tone, and blue eyes. The third looks 100% Mexican!!

      Megan

      Me too! I just realized though I used a 15 oz can of sauce, not the smallest one. Maybe that’s why mine never turns out! It’s always mushy or not cooked all the way.

    Alexis Gonzales

    Wich heat setting do you use when you cover it with a pan and let it cook? πŸ™‚

      Lil' Luna

      I usually keep it on a low-med or sometimes lower. Since it cooks for a while, if you have it too high, the water evaporates quicker and it could possibly burn. You’ll notice if it needs to be turned down or up, just a simmer. Hope that helps!!

    Alexis Gonzales

    Wich heat setting do you use when you cover it with a lid and let it cook? πŸ™‚

    Nancy

    I can’t use bullion cube it has msg. If I use can chicken broth how would I work that with the water? If you can help it would be appreciated. I really would like to try this. Thank you

      Lil' Luna

      Maybe half chicken broth and half water..that would be 2 cups of each. The bouillon adds flavor and the chicken broth will add flavor. I don’t have any on hand, but if there are ratios on the box, I would just follow that, but keep the liquid total to 4 cups. Hope that helps:)

        Nancy

        Yes thank you I’m making it tonight.

          Lil' Luna

          You’re welcome:) It’s the perfect side! I hope you liked it!

    Misty

    LOVE this recipe! Have made it 4 times this month. The kids and company alike have enjoyed it, so it has become a staple for Tex-Mex dinners in our home.

    I’ve used a few different rice variations for this recipe and the only one I didn’t care for was the one made with parboiled long grain rice. The flavor was fine, but the texture wasn’t as good. I’ve used Jasmin and long grain rice. When a rice recipe calls for only 20 minutes of cooking, then that’s how long I cook this recipe; then I leave the lid on letting it rest on the back of the stove until ready to eat. This is now a family favorite! Thank you for sharing!

      Lil' Luna

      So happy to hear that your family loves this recipe!! We make it all the time, too!! Love your variations!! Thanks so much for letting me know!

    Alli

    I have never made Mecican rice before and this was super easy and turned out great:)

      Lil' Luna

      I’m so glad you tried it!!! It is super easy πŸ™‚ It’s our favorite Mexican side! Thanks for letting me know!

    Monica

    Yum! This, by far, is the best Mexican rice I have ever made. Along with the rice, I prepped your cheese enchiladas. ‘Linner’ will be fabulous later in today. Thank you!

      Lil' Luna

      I’m so happy!!! We love it, too!!! Thanks so much for letting me know!!

    Cizon

    This is the exact recipe my Mother learned from her friend and that I grew up eating at least once a week as a child except we had NM chile powder and chopped green chile in our dish! We just love Mexican Food! I’ve tried to make this regularly but it’s hit and miss for me. It either turns out to be delicious or crunchy! I think it is the browning that causes it to harden. Please tell me how long you brown the rice and if the 3/4 c of oil is what keeps it from becoming crunchy. I might not be using enough oil in my cooking. I noticed another person had the same problem here that I do…Any thoughts on this?

      Lil' Luna

      It is just 3/4 cup, which browns the rice, but I only brown until they are golden (a light, pale, yellow color) then I add the other ingredients and simmer on very low for about 40-45 min (covered). I do stir every so often. Hope this all helps. Key is to not burn rice at the beginning and to keep heat on low while simmering. Let me know if you have any other problems!

    Carol Luna

    Thank you for sharing this & other recipes! I read your blob and always surprised & pleased to find I’m not the only 1/2 white 1/2 Mexican that looks very white but loves to cook yummy Mexican, and I’m a Luna to boot! Anyways keep up the great recipes, I’m always looking for yummy food to feed my family 😊

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, thank you Carol! Haha..loved what you said about being halfies and loving Mexican food!! We could eat it almost daily!!

    Paul

    This recipe tastes very similar to Spanish rice you would be served at most Mexican restaurants in the southwest US. If that is what you’re looking for, this recipe is perfect.

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks for sharing, Paul! We love this rice..it’s a staple around here!!

    marisa gramer

    This recipe is very close to our family’s recipe! Even tho we are Italian, my Godmother and Godfather were both married to Mexicans! Absolutely yummy!
    I hope everyone will make this, I know they will enjoy it! Marisa

    Ann Hedgepeth

    I’m certainly going to try the rice dish very soo. I love Spanish rice…

      Lil' Luna

      Then, you’ll love this!! It’s a staple with any Mexican food around here πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy!

    Barbara

    That’s a great picture of your parents and yes, your mom is beautiful!!

    This recipe sounds great but, do you rinse the rice of the day before you make it so it has time to dry or will it not splatter in the hot oil?

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks so much!! I’ll tell her you said that πŸ™‚ I do not soak the rice. It doesn’t splatter, though I do pour it in slowly πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy!!

    tally tips and tricks

    It’s the best!!! Been our go to for years! Thanks for sharing! ☺

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks so much for sharing!! It sure is the best πŸ™‚

    Char

    This was so yummy. I have always wanted to know how to make this rice. I even asked the restaurant we go to. Thank you.

      Lil' Luna

      I’m glad you found this recipe, then πŸ™‚ It’s a staple around here! Thanks so much for letting me know!

    Yoda mama

    Love your rice, and the fact that you use cumin. I am always asked about what is different in my rice and it’s the cumin. My grandmother cooked thru the great depression for a big family but never left out adding the love and flavors of our culture. It warm my heart to see family’s passing on traditions and great food. I still make home made tortillas and have taught my girls to keep our culture alive with good home cooking. Keep learning and blogging.

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you so much!!! Makes me so happy to hear!! I love what you’ve taught your daughters and love those that have taught me πŸ™‚

    Marylee

    Yummy! Would have rated 5 stars, but the 5th star wouldn’t light up!
    5 STARS!

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, thank you so much!!! So, glad you like it. It’s a favorite around here!! Thanks again πŸ™‚

    Gabriela

    So easy. It turned out great. Total stovetop time for me was 35 minutes. Maybe I had it too high.

      Lil' Luna

      Great!! Thanks so much for trying it and for letting me know!! It could have been a little high. But, that’s ok!

    Susan

    How to make home made 505 sauce..

      Lil' Luna

      I haven’t tried making a homemade 505 sauce. I usually buy it. Has anyone made it?

    Ashley

    7 years later, but I just wanted to let you know that I have made this rice tons since I found this recipe a few years ago, and it is one of the very few online recipes that I am constantly going back to. I make it with some black beans and saute a little chicken and it’s a great full meal! So good! Soooo many online recipes are not very good, but this one is great!!

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, thank you so much! That makes me so happy! I’ll have to try adding chicken and beans! That sounds delish!

    Brandie EscarzΓ ga

    Your mom is such a pretty lady. What a cute couple!! My mom made her rice similar to this recipe. Thank you for sharing. It is an amazing recipe. Can’t wait to share with a friend who loves Mexican rice.

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, you are so sweet. I’ll tell her you said that πŸ™‚ Thanks so much and hope you enjoy!!

    Sandra

    Hello! A couple of questions please. Reading the comments, I saw several people asked about the amount of oil used, saying 3\4 a cup seemed like too much oil. The ingredients state 1\4 to 1\3 c. Of oil. What is the correct amount of oil? And the ingredients state 2 chicken bullion cubes in 4 cups of water, but in the directions it states to put 1 bullion cube into 4 cups of water. Should I use 1 or 2? Thank you very much and I am very excited to try your recipe!☺

      Lil' Luna

      So, sorry about that. It is 1/4 cup and it’s one bouillon cube πŸ™‚ Hope that helps you!

    SUSAN

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, my sister, son and I love it. I have looked for a long time and could never make Mexican restaurant style rice until now. I added some dried chopped onion and use two boulion cubes and it’s so delicious. Thank you again for this terrific recipe.

      Lil' Luna

      That makes me so happy to hear! It’s our favorite and goes so well with any Mexican dish! Thanks for letting me know πŸ™‚

    Morgan Newitt

    Hi,

    How many people will this serve? Thanks!

    Morgan

      Lil' Luna

      I can make this for my immediate family & feed between 15-20, possibly more. I double it when we get together with my extended family, which is too many to count & there is always enough. Hope that helps and hope you’ll give it a try. It’s the perfect side to any Mexican dish!

    Natalie

    This rice was so delicious!! I had many compliments on it. It is now part of our mexican food nights! Thank you for the recipe!!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay!! Love hearing that!! Thanks so much for letting me know.

    Jan

    I’m going to try this, but wonder how it would do in an Instand Pot.

    Sheri

    I just stumbled on this site and already have four recipes I just have to try!

      Lil' Luna

      Awe, thanks!! So glad you found some to try! Let me know what you think of them πŸ™‚

    Celeste

    30-40 minutes seems a little long for cooking rice. Is this the correct time?

      Lil' Luna

      Sure is πŸ™‚ I promise! Hope you’ll give it a try!

    cassidy

    I want to make this, but i need to cut it in half! Only making it for two!

    Candice

    Your recipe states to either add one bouillon cube to four cups of water… Or to use four cups of chicken broth. Did you mean to say to add a bouillon cube per cup? Or was it intentional and you have a choice of more broth tasting or not? Thanks, looking forward to making it.

      Lil' Luna

      It is one cube in 4 cups of water. I haven’t used the 4 cups of chicken broth, but it will have more flavor. I hope that helps! Let me know what you think πŸ™‚

    Anna

    Thank you for the great recipe. I was looking for one that isn’t spicy and this one is great. My whole family enjoyed it. I cooked mine only 20 minutes- that’s how long I always cook my white rice and it was perfect.
    Thank you 😊
    Ps. You have a beautiful family ❀️

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you for the sweet words, Anna. Glad it was a hit!!

      Lil' Luna

      So happy to hear that! We actually don’t love celery too much either, so I’m going to try zucchini instead too. Thanks!

    Sheetal Soni

    hi, Thanks for such a wonderful recipe, but can i use White Basmati Rice for the same ? or should i follow with some other type of rice

      Lil' Luna

      You are so welcome!! I have not tried with any other rice, so I can’t say that it would turn out the same or not. I personally would stick to the recipe, but you are more than welcome to try. Hope you like it!

    Brittany

    Love this Mexican rice recipe! I’ve never made it successfully, so thank you for posting and sharing this. It will be my go-to!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay!!! I am so glad you tried it & you liked it! Now, you know why it’s my go-to, too πŸ™‚

    Regina

    I tried this recipe on the 4th of July with my barbeque, pinto beans and potato salad. OMG this rice is so good! My granddaughter was eating the rice by itself! I used to look for someone to make Mexican rice for me but now with this recipe I don’t have to look any further! Thank you so much!

      Lil' Luna

      I’m so glad!!! See, it’s so easy & tastes so great! Thank you so much!!

    Ali

    love this recipe. i’ve tried spanish rice a few times and never been thrilled with the way it turned out… until i tried your recipe.
    Thanks for posting!

    Carolyn Hunter

    We are going to try it tomorrow as I have been looking for a simple and good Spanish rice recipe for a while now. Will let you know what we think.

      Lil' Luna

      Please do, I’d love to know!! It’s our fav! I hope you like it!

    Carolyn Hunter

    Well we had to wait to try as we lost power for 2 days but when we did “WOW”. It was really good my husband even compared it to a local Mexican place.

      Lil' Luna

      Awe, thank you so much!!! I’m sorry you lost power! Thank you for giving it a try!

    Jane

    Hi, I love this recipe and so does my family. I want to make this to take to a lunch potluck at work next week. Do you have any advice for making it the evening before and then heating it up (would you use a microwave??) and putting it in a crockpot to keep warm the next day for the luncheon? Thanks, Jane

      Lil' Luna

      I haven’t made it a day before, before. Fresh is always best, but I would just maybe use a crockpot to warm it up. I am glad your family likes this recipe πŸ™‚

    Paula

    This is the best Mexican rice I have ever made! Thank you! It got race reviews from my family & had to email it to my daughter.
    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

    Marki

    I am hoping to try this recipe ASAP but have a question in regards to the bouillon.
    I have the knorr brand cubes and the directions say to use 2 cups of water for 1 cube.
    So for this particular recipe, should I just use the 1 cube + 4 cups of water anyway? Or 2 cubes + 4 cups of water?

      Lil' Luna

      I would just keep it the same, so 4 cups to 1 cube. Hope that helps & hope you like it!

    Marki

    Thank you for answering. I made this recipe last night and it came out PERFECT! I’ve tried a few other recipes and after maybe 10 attempts at making Mexican rice, this one came out just as I wanted. My main issue was the rice being too hard and I think the lack of oil I used before was the culprit.
    So easy to make and there were no overpowering flavors, no soggy or crunchy rice either.
    Thank you again!

      Lil' Luna

      Awe! Thank you so much!! I love hearing that! This recipe is our favorite!

    Joy Silva

    Just made this rice, and my husband and I loved it. I halved the recipe, and it took about 30 minutes to simmer. I used chicken broth instead of water and boullion. Can’t wait to make this again, this will be my go-to Spanish Rice recipe from now on!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay!! Love hearing that! It really is the best! Thank you!

    Julie

    Just made the rice and I added little bit hot green chili. This is definitely a recipe I will make again.
    Thanks for sharing.

      Lil' Luna

      You are welcome!! I’ll have to try the green chili! Thank you!

    Lorraine young

    Being a person who don’t like Spanish rice, I tried this and it’s the best tasting I have ever tried ,even from restaurants. My family loves it and so do I. Thanks you for sharing this. This will be a keeper for me.

      Lil' Luna

      You made my day!! I am so happy to hear that! Thanks so much for letting me know!

    Cheryl Spencer

    When do you add the cilantro?

      Lil' Luna

      You can add it add the end, before you serve it. ENJOY!!

    Joelene Hoselton

    So easy and honestly, the best spanish/mexican rice I’ve ever made, according to my hubby.

      Lil' Luna

      I love to hear that!! I’m so glad he thinks so! We do too πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for letting me know!!

    Jeannie P

    Made this rice tonight! Excellent! Just like restaurant, maybe even better. Used an Instant Pot- sautΓ©ed in IP to brown the rice. Turned it off then restarted on manual for 9 min at high pressure to cook rice. Let it depressurization for 5 min then knocked off pressure. Cooked total in about 20 min with the browning.
    ThAnks for great recipe!!

      Lil' Luna

      You are so welcome!! It’s our favorite and with every Mexican dish we eat! Thanks for sharing!

    Bridgette

    I’m sad because mine doesn’t look like yours. Looks like a bunch of red mush. Where did I go wrong?

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, no! I’m sorry it did. Did you follow the recipe exactly? I know that if the heat is too high, it burns, but I’m not sure about mushy.

    Darcie Sutton

    My chicken bouillon cubes says “for recipes 1 cube equals one cup of broth ” would I still use just one cube , or 4 ?

      Lil' Luna

      I use one cube, mixed with 4 cups of water πŸ™‚ Hope you like this recipe!

    Zuzu

    The fact that several commenters have mentioned making this a few times definitely says something. I am bookmarking! I just finished eating tacos with rice, and I was thinking how good the rice is and I wish I could make it at home. Then I found this recipe! Yay!

      Lil' Luna

      It really is the best, our favorite!! I’d love to know what you think, when you try it πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    Heather Caudell

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe my husband LOVED IT

      Kristyn Merkley

      Oh, I am so glad!! Thank you so much for letting me know! It’s a staple around here!

    volcan

    Mouth Watering recipe πŸ˜› thank you lilluna daughter visite site everyday for some great recipes

      Kristyn Merkley

      Thanks so much!! Let me know what you think of the ones you try πŸ™‚ I hope you like them!

    Kendralyn

    Hey! Great recipe! I use it often for meal prepping! I pair your rice recipe with my black bean recipe! Off topic, but you should take an Ancestry DNA test! You’d be amazed how much you can learn And how much you didn’t know!

      Kristyn Merkley

      Thank you & I have done the DNA test & it was so awesome to see my results!! Have you done one?

    Judy

    Im so excited to make this spanish rice recipe tonight…im making it with the slowcooker enchiladas

    Bj

    I made the rice yesterday. It looked great but tasted ok. It was kind of lacking flavor. I will increase the salt, garlic, and broth next time. I also added potatoes and tomaotos in mine.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Did you add the cumin & garlic pepper? I like to add a lot πŸ™‚ Thank you for trying it!

    Holli

    Can you use brown rice? Do you know if anything has to change?

      Kristyn Merkley

      Honestly, I haven’t tried. I’m not sure what I would change or how it would turn out. I’ll have to experiment πŸ™‚

    Sharon Iliff

    Thank you!!!!

    Lorraine

    Can’t wait to try these recipes! !!!! Thank you !!!

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