Easy Authentic Spanish Rice

Megan Todd


Tonight was our Spanish or Mexican food night. My niece, who is part Spanish & Mexican, has lived with us for about 4 years now. She is from Texas, & her Pita is Spanish. Dominique misses her Pita's cooking. So we have adapted at least a night a week that we prepare food from her nationality. It is a learning process for me, as we are not accustomed to eating some of the foods they eat, nor is it easy to find some of the things to prepare these meals in our neck of the woods. So we learn to adapt recipes.
This is an easy one. My original recipe "spiced up" for Domi. You can omit jalapenos.


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10 Min
45 Min


  • 6 Tbsp
  • 2 large
    spanish onions
  • 1 large
    yellow bell pepper
  • 2
    jalapeno peppers (optional)
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2- 10 oz
    cans petite mexican spanish style diced tomatoes, undrained (if you want spicy) or
  • 2- 14.5 oz
    diced tomatoes basil, oregano flavored for less spicy dish (do not use if using spanish style tomatoes)
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    oregano, dried
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    parsley flakes
  • 1 c
    water, warm
  • 1 c
    white rice, (can use brown rice if you chose)
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    salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • ·
    sour cream, for topping (optional)
  • ·
    shredded cheese, for topping (optional)

How to Make Easy Authentic Spanish Rice


  1. In a large, deep skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add chopped onions, jalapenos, yellow peppers, & minced garlic, cook until onions are tender-crisp, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add 2 cans of tomatoes, either Petite Mexican Style (if you want heat, spicy), or 2 cans of Diced oregano, basil tomatoes (if you want less heat & more sweet). Stir into onion mixture.
  3. Add rice, salt & Pepper, oregano, parsley, and water. mix into tomato mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Serve with sour cream and shredded cheese with your favorite Mexican or Spanish dish!

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