Easy Authentic Spanish Rice

Easy Authentic Spanish Rice

Megan 3

"My family loves a variety of ethnic foods, but this is one of their favorites. My niece, who is of Spanish descent, lives with us and has tweaked my old Spanish rice recipe to make it just like her grandma's. My mother-in-law has also added this recipe to her school meals menu (minus the jalapeno), and it is a hit with the students and faculty."


55 m servings 253 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 253 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 14.3 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 26.7g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 5.2 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 37 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium:
  • 570 mg
  • 23%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir onions and jalapeno peppers in the butter until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir Mexican-style tomatoes into onion mixture; add rice, salt, and black pepper. Bring rice mixture to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until rice is cooked, 40 to 45 minutes. Garnish with sour cream and Cheddar cheese to serve.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You may need to add a 1/2 cup of water if rice is not covered completely for cooking.
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  1. 36 Ratings


I had to make one substitution--I did NOT have fresh jalapeno peppers on hand. What I did was add half of a 4 ounce can of diced mild green chilies instead. My family LOVED this spanish rice. Ou...

I wasn't feeling this recipe like the other reviewers. It was HOT! I left out the jalepenos, and used rotel Mexican blend tomatoes. I wasn't sure what Mexican tomatoes were, and believe I used t...

This recipe IS really easy. Even though it seems like the amount of butter, onions and tomatoes are excessive, keep to those proportions. If you don't want it too hot, then definitely scale back...

I wasn't able to find any 14oz diced tomatoes labeled as Mexican flavor, so I used one can of Mild Rotel and one can of Mexican Lime & Cilantro Rotel, which were 10oz each. I ended up having to...

Just got finished making this and it is a really nice rice dish. I used Serrano chilis instead of jalapeno peppers, I had none on hand. Of course it came out super duper spicy but, my fiance and...

Very easy and very good! This takes very little effort for great results. Since my husband doesn't like overly spicy dishes, I opted out of the jalepeno and added mild chili peppers instead. I l...

Mmm yummy. My boys really liked this because it was spicy. A little to spicy for my wimpy taste buds but still really good. The sour cream and cheddar was nice on top. Quick and easy, great for ...

It was easy to make and the taste was bien! I had previously roasted jalapenos so that is what I added. I used crushed tomatoes (about 16 oz. and the rest was water. Yummy with a nice kick.

My family loved this rice! I was looking for an easy to make rice to accompany the usual weekday tacos, burritos, etc... and found this one. I served it tonight and my kids filled up on the rice...