Looking for an accompaniment to Mexican food or barbecued chicken? This spicy rice fits the bill (the sour cream is handy for cooling your palate!). When I'm cooking, I head for my spice cupboard often - we like our food zesty!

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10 mins
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30 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a skillet or saucepan, saute peppers and onion in butter for 3 minutes. Stir in the rice, soup mix, picante or salsa, cumin, garlic, salt and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender. Garnish with sour cream if desired.


Nutrition Facts

287 calories; protein 5.4g; carbohydrates 47.1g; fat 8.6g; cholesterol 18.6mg; sodium 652.6mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

Rating: 4 stars
Holy cow, this makes a TON! I used my own homemade onion soup mix and salsa, omitted the salt and green pepper (we don't care for green pepper) and cooked the rice in organic chicken broth. I also used Trader Joe's organic brown basmati rice, which meant that I had to increase the broth just a little bit. I also cut the cumin back to a teaspoon, as I didn't want to overpower the rest of the ingredients. My littlest didn't care for this but the rest of us thought this was quite good. This was great with Pork Enchiladas, quite flavorful. Next time, I'll add some fresh cilantro at the end. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great side dish and a wonderful compliment to Mexican food! I opted to use chicken broth vs. water for a little extra flavor and used half cumin, half chili powder. I also omitted the salt as dry onion soup mix has enough of that by itself. This definitely give plain 'ol rice a lot of pizzaz. It's chock full of veggies making it colorful and the spices make it flavorful. This was fine as is, but a great base for add-ins such as black beans or corn. Very tasty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is amazing, although I did make a few changes. Instead of 3 cups of water, I used 1 cup of water and 1 15 oz can of chicken broth. I added 1/2 cup of salsa instead of 2 Tbsp, a can of corn, drained, and a can of black beans, drained and rinsed. This would be good as the meal itself instead of a side. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I made this dish close to the recipe--a tad less cumin and salsa perhaps. It's very tasty, the soup mix makes it richer. Only one caveat--I planned on 25 minutes and it was not done...my package of long grained rice said 50 minutes and so I added another 25 minutes and then it was perfect. So check your rice package before setting the timer! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This has a lot of flavor and it was easy to make. I ate mine with parmesan cheese. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This ended up being really good! I cut the recipe down for 2 people & used mostly chicken broth rather than plain water, but followed all other directions exactly as is. To make it easier, I used frozen bell peppers & chopped them up. SO GOOD! No need to buy packaged spanish rice again :) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was really good, the only change I made was eliminating the package of onion soup mix, we're watching our salt intake and they're very high in sodium, it was very delicious without. I like that it makes a lot, great for leftovers! Thanks Deborah Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! Didn't change a thing. My husband loved it. And it went well with BBQ meatballs, though I suspect it would be even better with a mesquite chicken breast or fajitas. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Tihs rice was great!! Spicy, zesty, fresh, but didnt burn the taste buds. Have made this rice about 4 times. Didnt make any changes, it didnt need any! Read More