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Authentic Fiesta Spanish Rice

A Flavorful Side Dish for Any Occasion

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Authentic Fiesta Spanish Rice

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 10 minutesCook time: 20 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 30 minutesServings:5 servingsCalories:113 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year


Discover how to make a vibrant and tasty Spanish rice that will bring a touch of fiesta to your table! This recipe yields a perfectly seasoned and colorful side dish that pairs wonderfully with a variety of main courses. Whether you’re looking to complement your favorite Mexican entrée or simply searching for a flavorful grain to add to your meal, this Spanish rice is sure to impress.



  1. Warm the skillet to a medium setting and drizzle in the oil. Once hot, introduce the onion and sauté until it softens and becomes translucent, which should take roughly 5 minutes.
  2. Next, incorporate the rice into the skillet, toasting it until it achieves a nice golden hue. Follow this by pouring in the chicken broth and adding the picante sauce. Lower the flame to a gentle simmer, cover the skillet, and let it cook until the rice has absorbed all the liquid, taking about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.


  • For a more authentic flavor, consider using chicken broth instead of water. You can also add a pinch of cumin or garlic powder for an extra layer of flavor. If you prefer a milder dish, choose diced tomatoes without green chilis.
Keywords:Spanish rice, side dish, rice recipe, Mexican cuisine, easy recipe

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, you can use brown rice, but keep in mind that the cooking time will be longer, and you may need to adjust the amount of liquid accordingly.

How can I make this dish vegetarian?

The recipe is already vegetarian. Ensure that the vegetable oil and other ingredients used do not contain any animal products.

Can I make Spanish rice in a rice cooker?

Yes, you can make it in a rice cooker. Follow the steps for sautéing the rice and vegetables, then transfer everything to the rice cooker and add the remaining ingredients. Cook according to your rice cooker’s instructions.

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