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Spanish Rice is full of flavor and extremely versatile. It can be eaten as a side or if you care to add a protein it can be enjoyed as a meal!

IMG_6719I grew up eating spanish rice for dinner often.  My mom would make it as a side dish, and she would also add brown ground beef to it.  I loved it.  It’s one of my many comfort foods.  This is my version.

I start my Spanish rice out on the stove top and pop it in the oven to finish off.

Ribbet collageCover your pot and bake for 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees, remove and fluff with a fork.



IMG_6716It’s as easy as that!  I  love to serve Spanish Rice served as a side with tacos, pulled pork, grilled chicken, burritos, and quesadillas!  This recipe serves 12 people as a side.  I love making this and keeping it in the refrigerator and using it with different meals through out the week. One way I love to use this recipe is by mixing a can of black beans with the last cup or two of spanish rice leftovers and stir frying it in a skillet and serving with an egg over easy on top!




Spanish Rice
serves a crowd
2 tablespoons Butter
2 cups long grain white Rice
1 10 ounce can Rotel tomatoes
1 7 3/4 ounce can El Pato tomato sauce
2 14 ounce cans Chicken Broth (or you can use 3 cups water)
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Sugar
salt to taste

Melt butter in 6 quart dutch oven or oven proof pan, add rice mix rice with butter and let cook over medium heat until rice starts to sizzle about 1 minute add rotel, el pato, and fill rotel can with water or chicken broth twice add to pan. Stir well, add cumin, sugar and salt to your taste bring to a boil. Cover and remove from stove place in 325 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours.  Remove from oven,  do not peek, leave it alone, until ready to eat, when ready to eat remove cover, fluff with fork and serve.


Note: My mom makes this as a main dish by adding ground beef. Here’s how you do it. Brown one pound lean ground beef with 1 cup chopped onion, when beef is browned and onions are tender add in rice and follow the above recipe.


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  1. I love this! I haven’t made rice in so long. My Filipino side of the family would probably curse me if they saw this comment! I should buy a bag and make this ASAP.

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