Recipes/ Side Dishes

Simple Spanish Rice

Living in Arizona, Mexican food is such a staple. We love all the yummy spices and the comfort that comes with a good recipe. I have a few recipes that I make on a weekly basis and spanish rice is definitely one of them. Now, this isn’t the mushy spanish rice you get from the box or bag but honestly, it is just as easy. Trust me when I say that I have never had someone tell me they don’t absolutely love it.

My absolute favorite skillet to use is this one from T-Fal (Paid Link) My rice ALWAYS comes out perfect! As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Simple Spanish Rice

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Serves: 5
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Delicious and easy to make spanish rice recipe


  • 2 tbsp oil (I use extra virgin olive oil but any oil would work)
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice (not instant)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 4 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cube beef bouillon (large cube, not the tiny small ones that come in a jar)
  • Garlic salt



Heat the oil on high heat in a large skillet with sides. I love this one from T-Fal (insert link). Add rice and stir for about 3 minutes until the rice is barely starting to turn brown.


Add water, tomato sauce, beef bouillon and lightly dust the top with garlic salt. I go easy on the garlic salt at first and usually add a little more right before it’s done.


Turn heat down to medium and cover. Cook for 20 minutes. Now here is the magic part. Stir the rice every three minutes for the first ten minutes. Then stir the rice every minute for the remaining ten minutes. Make sure to get that bouillon cube completely dissolved.


Add additional garlic salt to taste


That’s it! This rice reheats wonderfully and is the perfect side to all your delicious Mexican food recipes. *If you really want to add a kick, use El Pato tomato sauce instead of regular tomato sauce. It is a little too spicy for me but I have lots of family that love it!

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