Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice

Spanish rice can be made many different ways. This version is one that I received from a friend of mine who is actually a Salvadoran. Perhaps, I should have called this recipe Salvadoran Rice instead of Spanish Rice. She called it Spanish rice, so I feel like I should honor her choice of name for the recipe, right?

There are two other versions of a Spanish rice on this site. One was made using Knorr Mi Arroz seasoning, and the other was prepared using salsa to flavor the rice. As a result, I have been teased a bit by my friends about my inability to make a proper Spanish rice. Hopefully, this recipe will help my reputation.

What will you need to prepare this recipe?

From the Pantry

  • Rice
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Bouillon Cubes
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes

From the Refrigerator

  • Bell Pepper
  • Celery
  • Carrot
  • Green Onion

From the Root Cellar

  • White Onion

There is one confession that I have to make about this post. I was too busy cooking dinner for my family to remember to take a lot of pictures, so there’s not a lot of images in this post. In fact, I have a lot of out of focus images that I won’t publish here. In spite of the lack of photos, I promise that this recipe is delicious. You’re going to love it.

Spanish Rice

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Spanish Rice

The simple combination of rice, vegetables, and broth makes a delicious side, but it's good enough to be a vegetarian entree. The total cost of this recipe is $2.15 or about $0.36 per serving. Cook's Note: To add more flavor to this dish, you can use a can of diced tomatoes with green chilis instead of the plain diced tomatoes. If you like more heat in your rice, add a bit of finely diced jalapeno with the vegetables and rice in the beginning.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Resting Time 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 6


  • 1 1/2 cup long grain white rice ($0.25)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil ($0.23)
  • 1/3 cup green bell pepper diced ($0.38)
  • 1/3 cup white onion diced ($0.20)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced ($0.04)
  • 1 stalk celery minced ($0.10)
  • 1/2 carrot minced ($0.12)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes ($0.58)
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 2 bouillon cubes (chicken or vegetable flavored) ($0.20)
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced (optional) ($0.05)


  • Heat oil in deep skillet with lid.
  • Add the rice, bell pepper, onion, garlic, celery, and carrots.
  • Saute until the rice is no longer translucent. (This should take about 10 minutes.)
  • Add the water, can of tomatoes, and the bouillon to the rice mixture.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • Taste the liquid to see if it needs more salt or bouillon. (Be careful, it's boiling hot.)
  • Reduce heat and cover the pan.
  • Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and allow rice to sit in pot for 10 minutes to allow it to finish cooking.
  • Fluff with fork and sprinkle with green onions.
  • Serve alongside your favorite Latin inspired entree.

Nutrition information is for 1/6th of the recipe prepared as written above (approximately 1/2 cup serving).

Spanish Rice

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