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Quick & Easy One Pot Spanish Rice Dish

Updated on May 30, 2013

Making Spanish Rice for Dinner

I started to make tacos tonight before I realized that we didn't have any shells or tortillas so tonights dinner became a creation of another kind. I didn't have time to run to the store with two kids in tow before the kids were crying that they were starving so I started thinking about what I could make with what I had in front of me. This recipe was created using a majority of the ingredients that I already had out to make tacos and a few additions.

My mom used to make Spanish rice for us when I was a kid. I remember it being yummy and spicy. My kids don't particularly like spicy foods but this one they liked. I personally would have added some Tabasco to taste to kick it up a notch.

I made this recipe with what I had already out but you can also add additional seasoning, garlic, tomato sauce, and green onions to the mix. I add the beef to make this into a main dish but without the beef it can either be a vegetarian dish or a side dish.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 4 people


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup taco seasoning
  • shredded cheese, to garnish as needed
  • hot sauce, to garnish if needed

Making Spanish Rice

Sauteing all of the ingredients
Sauteing all of the ingredients | Source
Cover and Simmer
Cover and Simmer | Source
All Done!
All Done! | Source

Making Spanish Rice

  1. Select a skillet with a lid. Using a spatula to mix and saute the meat brown the ground beef until it is fully cooked.
  2. Chop onions and tomatoes into diced pieces. Add chopped onion and tomatoes and continue to saute, then drain fat off
  3. Once the meat is browned add water, rice, and seasoning. Then bring the entire mix to a boil.
  4. Place the lid on the pan to cover. Lower the temperature and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally through the cooking, about once or twice.

Spanish Rice isn't from Spain

Funny Fact: Spanish Rice is an unknown dish in Spain. The dish is simply called rice in Mexico since Spanish would be the language in Mexico and last time I check rice didn't talk.

The Mexican version of this dish is made slightly differently. The rice dish is usually served with beans. These are typically served as a side dish and a separate main dish is made.

Spanish Rice Making Video


We use a lot of rice in cooking at our house. Rice and pasta are good staples that are low cost and filling. My kids love rice but I am always trying to find new ways to cook with it and keep the kids eating healthy and simply. Recipes like this are simple, easy to make, and low cost. Other low cost rice dishes to keep an eye out for are rice soups, stews, and casseroles. Beans dishes are another great recipes ideas to keep the cost low and the ingredients simple and healthy. We love to use black beans in many of our recipes, drain them and thrown them in. This is a great dish to put black beans into instead of meat. it is a lower cost version of the recipe that still include protein.


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      kthix10 5 years ago from IL

      My 3 year old had three helpings last night, I thought we was going to explode from eating so much and even after 2nd helpings there was a little leftover for lunch today

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      This looks like a fast way to cook a hearty dish for dinner.