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a large serving of Spanish rice and fresh cilantro
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5 from 2 votes

Spanish Rice

This easy Spanish rice recipe is the ultimate side dish and calls for only a handful of ingredients.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time23 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree, Side
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 275kcal


  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp  cumin
  • 1 tsp  Chicken Bouillon Powder Caldo de Pollo en Polvo
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Add 3 tbsp of olive oil to a large skillet with high sides.
  • Add the onions and cook until translucent.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 20 seconds.
  • Add the tomato paste, chicken bouillon powder, and cumin.
  • Stir in the rice and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the water, season with salt, and let it come up to a boil.
  • Once it starts boiling, cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes.
  • 20 minutes later, use a fork to fluff the rice and serve immediately.
  • Serve with fresh lime and cilantro.



Do not use basmati rice.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 108mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.8mg