Almost Instant Spanish Rice

Almost Instant Spanish Rice

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Pam Ellingson


This goes well with almost any Mexican dish, and is so fast and easy!! Spanish rice in 10 or 15 minutes, and really tasty. Yum!


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5 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 pkg
    precooked rice, plain or chicken flavor (like uncle ben's 90 second rice)
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c
    yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    poblano pepper, seeded and diced fine (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1/2 can(s)
    petite diced tomatoes with sweet onion (hunts)
  • 1/2 can(s)
    green chilies, chopped
  • several pinch
    chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, cayenne (to taste)
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped cilantro

How to Make Almost Instant Spanish Rice


  1. In a medium saucepan, heated to medium high, place oil, onion, celery,(and optional poblano peppers). Saute til veggies are softened and translucent then add tomato paste and saute, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes. Add green chilies, tomatoes (spoon out of can, do not drain), stir and reduce temp to medium low. Let simmer while heating the rice in microwave for 90 seconds.
  2. Add heated rice, optional spices and salt/pepper and stir well. Adjust spices to taste and toss in chopped cilantro.
  3. NOTE: If you prefer hotter, spicier Spanish Rice, substitute chopped pickled jalapenos for canned green chilies and/or use your favorite hot chili powder or chili sauce. Can also use Rotel tomatoes and chilies instead of plain diced w/ onion.
    ALSO--You can add cooked meats to this if you want a heartier dish, like ground beef, chopped ham, crumbled bacon, etc,

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About Almost Instant Spanish Rice

Course/Dish: Rice Sides
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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