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Spanish Rice with Refried Beans Recipe

Updated on February 23, 2011

Spanish Rice And Refried Beans Great Side Dishes For Any Mexican Entree!

The Spanish rice is made by adding sofritto to converted white rice and the refried beans are canned refried beans with beacon and cheese (optional for Vegans or Vegetarins).


11/2 cups of converted Uncle Ben's rice

1 medium onion diced

2 table spoons extra virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

20 medium black olives sliced

1 tablespoon capers

3 tablespoons salsa

1/2 tablespoon chili powder

2 Sazon Goya flavor packs ( con culantro y achiote) available in nearly all international food isles even Wal-marts.

Ingredients Refried Beans

1- 16 ounce can of La Preferida refried beans with spicy chipotle ( I highly recommend this brand but it is spicy so substitute another can of refried beans if you don't handle spicy well it can be found at Publix and some Ingles Super markets)

1/4 cup of shredded Monterey jack & Cheddar Blend

3 pieces of precooked beacon ( optional )

Directions Spanish Rice

Sautee 1 medium onion in 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. When the onions become transparent add 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic, one tablespoon capers, and three tablespoons salsa. Add 1/2 tablespoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and one Sazon Goya ( con culantro y achiote) flavor pack and cook until salsa is slightly dark. Add this mixture to a pot of three cups of boiling water(with 1 Sazon flavor pack in it) that has been turned to simmer with 11/2 cups of rice added to it. Level the rice and add above mixture, put a lid on the pot and let it simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes turn the heat off, hold the lid on and drain off any extra water allow it to sit an additional 5 minutes, before serving.

Directions Refried Beans

Add the beans into a dish and cover with 1/4 cups grated Monterey Jack & Cheddar Blend, add three pieces of precooked beacon(optional ) on top and bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is well melted.

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The ingredients
The ingredients
This is what the sofritto should look before it is added to the rice.
This is what the sofritto should look before it is added to the rice.
Add 1 flavor pack to the sofritto and 1 to the rice water.
Add 1 flavor pack to the sofritto and 1 to the rice water.
Spanish rice done!
Spanish rice done!
La Prefferida Spicy Chipotle Refried Beans great taste too spicy for some.
La Prefferida Spicy Chipotle Refried Beans great taste too spicy for some.
Refried beans out of the oven done.
Refried beans out of the oven done.


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    • nifty@50 profile image

      nifty@50 6 years ago

      You're welcome Peggy! I too like spicy hot foods from time Hto time, just not to the degree of say Habanero peppers. Thanks Peggy for your post!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Sounds good and we like spicy foods. Thanks for the recipes.

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      If you use the spicy chipotle refried beans pictured above I don't think you'll want to add chillies, because it is already fairly hot as is. If you use regular refried beans yes, you could use chillies to bring up the spice level. Thanks celinewayne for your post!

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      celinewayne 7 years ago

      seems delicious and hot!

      can i change the chilli powder to real chillies?

      i used to put real chillies for fried rice, but never tried with the beans.

      will try this recipe, or better if i just eat from this hub *LOL*

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      It is very easy once you make this you will be able to do it from memory. Thanks billyaustindillon for post!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      This sounds like a great way to eat spanish rice and refried beans.

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Thanks prasetio30 for your post! If you like this rice, Puerto Rican rice is made the same way only no chili powder and I use green olives instead of black olives.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never know Spanish Rice before. I think the taste as delicious as the rice from my country. Thanks for share nice recipes for us. Yummy....

    • nifty@50 profile image

      nifty@50 7 years ago

      The first time I made Spanish rice the task looked a little daunting, but believe me, if you can make 20 minute white rice then you can do this! I take photos to provide reference, but to also demonstrate that these are actual recipes that I use, not pulled out of a book with a stock photo! So please overlook the fact that they are taken with a phone camera on the fly and not shot in a studio. Thanks for your post!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Bueno. I can smell it from here. The Photos are very helpful too and makes one want to give the Recipe a Try. I think I can manage to cook this one. Regards.

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Thanks for your post! I like adding the refried beans above to chili for a combo burrito that has some heat!

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I prefer the bean burrito to the beef burrito any day,your Hub was delicious!