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Savory Spanish Rice Recipe Easy To Make Step By Step Instructions

Updated on August 25, 2016
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An Economical And Delicious Recipe From Mama

Ahhhhhh…mama’s Spanish rice. She not only spoke Spanish fluently, she also taught spanish to the police force, and anyone else who had a desire to learn this beautiful language. While working as a missionary among Spanish-speaking people, she learned to whip up some scrumptious recipes using the barest of necessities.

Her recipe for Spanish Rice will have your taste buds begging for more. I still remember as a child how we all gathered around the dining table, blessed the food. eagerly waiting for the "amen" signaling for us to dig in which is exactly what we all did. No one did much talking during dinner, as we were all to busy devouring mamas delicious, hot Spanish Rice.

This economical, easy to prepare recipe can be frozen for a quick side dish or main meal You can add your favorite meat, chicken or pork, peas, veggies and left-overs. Vegetarians, (like me), may omit the bacon, but for this recipe it really adds a yummy flavor.

So, let’s get started!

Ingredients

  • 6 bacon strips
  • 1 tbs canola, olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 small brown onion, chopped
  • 1 cup long grain white or brown rice
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 2 large tomatos or 1 can tomatos, whole or chopped
  • 1 med. green bell pepper, chopped or sliced
  • 2 med. jalapena peppers, remove seeds or it will be very hot
  • a pinch seasalt
The bacon grease gives an amazing flavor for this spanish rice.
The bacon grease gives an amazing flavor for this spanish rice. | Source

Directions For Making Spanish Rice

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  • Remove and place on paper towels.
  • Add oil to the drippings; saute onion for 3 minutes.
  • Add rice; stir until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is tender.

Serve and enjoy!

Adding kidney beans as a side dish to spanish rice.
Adding kidney beans as a side dish to spanish rice. | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 220
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 42 g14%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 800 mg33%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Another Recipe For Spanish Rice

A Few Surprising Facts About Rice

We can thank the Philippines for introducing rice to Mexico. Later, the Spaniards found the lush, tropical climate of Veracruz to be the perfect area for growing rice. Also:

  • Rice is the agricultural commodity with the third-highest worldwide production.
  • Rice is the most important grain with regard to human nutrition and caloric intake, providing more than one-fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans.
  • Rice was introduced to Europe through Western Asia, and to the Americas through European colonization.
  • The traditional method for cultivating rice is flooding the fields while, or after, setting the young seedlings.
  • Jasmine rice from Thailand and Basmati rice from Pakistan and India contain the least arsenic among rice varieties in one study.
  • Rice production uses almost a third of Earth’s fresh water.

A Spanish Lesson For Cooking Terms

· Arroz-Rice

Azucar-Sugar

· Leche-Milk

· Maize-Corn

· Mariscos-Shellfish

· Nopales-Cactus

· Pan-Bread

· Pan Dulce-Sweet Bread

· Picante-Spicy hot

· Pimienta-Black pepper

· Ajo-Garlic

· Ancho-Dried poblano chile

Antojito-Appetizer

· Cafe-Coffee

· Calabaza-Squash

· Camarón-Shrimp

· Carne-Meat, usually beef

· Carnitas-Shredded, fried pork

· Cebolla-Onion

· Chimichanga-Deep fried meat burrito

· Chipotle-Ripe jalepeno, smoked and dried. Can be canned in Adobo sauce.

· Chorizo -Spicy sausage

· Crema-A thickened cream similar to sour cream, but not as tangy.

· Elote-Corn

· Ensalada-Salad

· Galletas-Cookies

· Habanero-Extremely hot pepper

Helado-Ice cream

Source

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice

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      H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

      The hub has nicely high lighted that the Spanish language is sweet, the Spanish food is delicious as it appears from the long list of ingredients and Sauces being used, tempted everyone to ask for Spanish food in a restaurant with a sweet Spanish sound.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Awesomely beautifully useful! Now, I'm awesomely hungry! I love the addition of the Spanish terms too. Thank you dear vocalcoach!

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I haven't had Spanish rice in years and now thanks to you and this wonderful recipe I will!

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      Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

      I love Spanish rice. I think I'll make some this week. Thanks for the great recipe!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      breakfastpop - Good after noon PoP. Coming from you, I enterpret this as a commpliment. Gee...thank you and will see you at breakfast! :)

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      LadyWriter 6 years ago from UK

      Food sounds so much more appetising in a foreign language! The sounds of the words remind me of holidays in the sun - wish I was in Spain now instead of cold and rainy Northern Ireland.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Karen - Oh...good for you. I do hope it turns out so good, you will want again next week. Thanks Karen.

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      Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yum...so simple and I can already taste it and I am just thinking about it! Thanks for this simple great recipe to Mama and you! Voted up and useful!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Yum, thanks Audrey for the homemade version of this recipe. Now I can stop buying Uncle Bens, LOL I love it. I bookmarked it.

      BTW--are you taking the hubchallenge? I looked for you on the forum but didn't see you posted.

      If not, fear not: I am planning on a second go around from April 1-30th so get your ducks in a row and join me then, :)

      Hugs & Hubs to you.

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      Never tried Spanish rice but I am certainly tempted.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      How lucky I am that you shared this recipe! Rice is on the menu today together with beef, and now I can try this! It looks so delicious! Thanks, voted up and bookmarked!

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      This sounds scrumptious vocalcoach. I'm going to try this recipe, thanks

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      H P Roychoudhury - Your comments are welcome, my friend. Thank you for being the very first to read my hub. Nice words. Enjoy your day!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Micky - Once again, you have brightened my day with your very lovely words of praise. I wish we could "break bread" together. 'Love ya, Micky...

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Ladywriter - May I join you in Spain? It's so ccccold here in Nashville. Thank you, friend for visiting and leaving such great comments. Have a wonderful day!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Scribenet - Appreciate your kind comments and do hope you try this recipe. Very good to see you. Enjoy the day!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Muchas gracias, Audrey. I'm a lover of anti-nutritious food even if it's suspicious. Thank you and your mother for sharing this awesome recipe.

      Vaya con Dios. :)

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      That sounds great and will certainly make a change in my cooking. Thank you.

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      Cathy Nerujen 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I am amazed by how easy this sounds to cook. I will have to try this. Sounds very tasty.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Astra - Hello my fried! This declicious recipe is really easy and fast. I think you will enjoy it. Let me know, when you try it.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello, hello - I had to smile when I read your comment.

      I sure hope you will enjoy this recipe! Love and joy to you.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Denise, my wonderful friend! Glad to hear you are "ditching" the Uncle Bens. You will love this rice recipe. I had some glitches happen when I tried to join the forum for the 31 day hub challenge. Now I know why. I am going to wait and join you in April!! Will begin getting extra sleep and vitamins now. :) april will come too soon - except for spring - boy how I am looking forward to sunny skies and flowers. Love'ya - Hubbuddies!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi Audrey my dear friend,

      Your recipes are so full of you also, full of warmth .

      I am going to give this one a go next week and thanks also for the Spanish lesson. Great!!!!

      I am so glad that I joined here and every day I thank God for the close knit family of hubbers that we all are.

      I push all the buttons on this one without a doubt.

      Take care,

      Eiddwen.

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      Ashantina 6 years ago

      This looks sooo good. Bookmarked!!

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      Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

      That sounds like something even I could make! Muchas gracias! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Qudsia - This recipe is so good, it can be classified as a "comfort food". :)

      Wonderful to see you and hope to find you visiting again soon. Thank you!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      ashantina - I sure hope you give this a try. You will love it! Thanks for visiting!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Carrie - Let me know how this recipe turns out for you and if you added or eliminated any ingredients. Thank you so much. Remember to "breathe deep" to eliminate toxins in your body! Perfect health to you, Carrie.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Oh Eiddwen, my friend...you have such a creative way of writing. Your kind words fill me with "the warm fuzzies".

      I also thank you for such a good rating. Enjoy this recipe and think of me! Have a magnificent day.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      thoughtforce - love your comments. I will be eager to know how the rice turns out. You can delete or add anything you want. You are so cute! See you soon thoughtforce...

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I love your hub here, I usually don't check cooking hubs but your title is enticing! It did not disappoint!

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Now that's a title!..and a mouthful of a Url. Say that one three times VC :) It all sounds yummy.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Green Lotus... Hahahahaha!!!! You are a riot! I just love it. You stay close by. Adios...

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Oh, thank you fossillady. You just put a great big smile on my face! Adios.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Great Spanish Rice recipe, that I can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing your cooking expertise, among all your other talents.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Awwwwwwwwe - thank you toknowinfo for such a "put a smile on my face" comment. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. :)

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      glowingrocks 6 years ago from New York

      Very nice hub.Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.I must try this sometime when I cook instead of nuke!:)

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      katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love rice, especially Spanish rice, and eat it all the time,this spicy dish sounds delightful and will def be giving it a go over the spring break. Taking the kids away for the week and will have time to cook. Thanks :) Katie

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Katie - I had a feeling you would be one who liked spanish rice. Sure hope you and those lovely girls have a fun and wonderful time! :) vocalcoach

      Feline Prophet - Well, if I can make it, so can you! Thanks :)

      drbj - Have seconds on me, my friend. So good of you to drop by and comment and so sorry it has taken me so long to thank you. :)

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Yum! I love Spanish rice anyway. I know the menu for tomorrow's dinner. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Wonderfully written! It sounds delicious.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      glowingrocks - So glad you took the time to check out my recipe. Be sure to try it! :) vocalcoach

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      randomcreative - Thank you so much! I really appreciate your encouraging comments.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      This looks wonderful, and I think I could do it successfully. Thanks!

      You think humming would really help my cooking? (Please say yes!)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hyphenbird - You're a woman after my own heart, as I am always ready for good spanish rice. Perhaps it nourishes my soul or maybe its the memories of my mother in the little kitchen of our house, cooking her spanish rice. Thanks so much!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Mama Mia, this makes my mouth water! I do make great spanish rice and with your version it will be rven better!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      YUM! I've never tried to make Spanish rice before but thanks to you this is about to change!

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      Thanks for the recipe---I love Spanish and Yellow Rice dishes. I am on my way to the grocery store---so I am going to try this one for sure.

      Have a great week Dear Lady.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      This looks and sounds so delicious! Just my kind of food! lol! have a great day, nell

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      Senoritaa 3 years ago

      Very simple indeed! Bacon does the trick. Will try.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Just Ask Susan

      I sure hope you enjoy this dish when you try it for the first time. Let me know. Thanks, Susan.

      teaches12345

      I'd like to try your recipe too. May be you'll share it on HP or bubblews. Thanks my friend.

      PurvisBobby44

      I hope you enjoy this recipe when you try it. I think you'll like it. It can be frozen too. I make a big amount and then freeze in freezer bags for a quick snack or side-dish later.

      Thank you lovely lady - Audrey

      Nell Rose -

      I just know you will love this spanish rice. I never tire of it - carbs and all:)

      Senorita - Yes, bacon is the secret ingredient for this recipe. Thank you.

      ocla20 - I'm so glad you're going to give this a try this weekend. Be sure to come back and let me know how you liked it - in the comment section. I'm dying t know. Much thanks!

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      wabash annie 2 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I know I am late in responding but, for some reason, my Spanish rice does not taste like it used to ... so I'm looking for a better recipe. Yours sounds great and I bookmarked your hub so that I can find it again. Also, loved the additional info and pictures. Thanks much!!!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      wabash annie - How nice to see you here. I hope you find that my recipe is delicious and thanks for enjoying the pictures too. Enjoy your day!

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