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Spanish Rice

I don’t remember even eating Spanish Rice as a child.  Mr.Picky loves spanish and mexican rice out of a box but I refuse to make the sodium filled rice.  I have come up with a recipe similar to the Mexican rice but had no recipe for the Spanish rice until now.

After doing some research and came up with this recipe after combining what sounded good to me.  It turned out great.  In fact is was the base layer to a skillet/casserole recipe I was making.  Be sure to check back for that recipe.

This Spanish rice is not spicy due to the little ones.  Extra heat could be added with come cayenne pepper to the mix or maybe add a diced jalapeño.  It was flavorful without too much salt and the perfect heat for the kids.

Spanish RiceSpanish Rice:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp or 1 cube chicken bullion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin

In a skillet heat olive oil over medium/ high heat.

Saute onion, pepper, and rice.  Stirring constantly so the rice does not burn, cook until most of the rice has toasted and the vegetables soften.

Spanish Rice

Add the rice mixture to a medium pot along with the remaining ingredients.

Bring the mixture up to a boil, cover and reduce heat to the lowest it will go.

Cook covered for about 15 minutes or until rice is tender.  Fluff with a fork when done.


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Mexican Rice

Mr.Picky makes these huge loaded burritos when he is on his own for dinner, which is not very often.  He often requests I buy boxes of Mexican Rice mix, to quickly add to these burritos.  I know those are just loaded with salt and who knows what else.

So I finally came up with a simply solution that doesn’t take him anymore time than a box.  The rice turned out great but was not as salty as he is used to but salt can always be added.  It was not too spicy for the kids and will be our quick rice side dish with mexican food from now on.

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice:

  • 1 cup white rice (medium or long)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup yellow or red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • Taco seasoning recipe

Rinse rinse under the tap, until the water is almost clear.  Drain and add 1 1/2 cup water.

Add in the remaining ingredients bringing it all to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and cover, cook for about 16-20 minutes.

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