Very easy, very good Spanish rice!

Paula
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large skillet, combine oil, rice, onion, green pepper and salt and pepper until the rice is a light brown color. Remove skillet from stove.

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  • Mix tomatoes into the mixture. Pour in water (it should cover the entire mixture; use more if necessary). Return the skillet to the stovetop and bring the mixture to a full boil; salt and pepper to taste. When the mixture begins to boil, cover the skillet, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 12 to 15 minutes and never, I mean NEVER, remove the cover. After 12 to 15 minutes, turn stove off and let stand for another 12 to 15 minutes. DO NOT remove cover until the final 15 minutes has elapsed!

Nutrition Facts

268.7 calories; 5.2 g protein; 54.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 153.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2009
I've made this many times and have pretty much altered it into a whole new recipe, but the part that I like about the original is the cooking for 15 mins, turning off and letting it sit on the stove for another 15 without removing the lid. I think this really helps the consistency of the rice. Most of the recipes for spanish rice result in a wet mushy mess. I like it dry and loose like the restaurants. I don't measure anything, I just make sure the liquid covers the rice, and I've started using salsa instead of tomatoes - just enough to give it some color - and I season it with Taco Seasoning I from this site (about a tablespoon of it). It comes out restaurant quality, love it!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/01/2004
My friend made this rice (she's an excellent cook) and brought it over my house to try, it was awful-the flavor was seriously lacking! I've grown-up in a Hispanic household and the first thing we're taught as children is to always be generous with spices. For example, instead of stewed tomatoes-try a paste. It has a much better flavor and the consistency is what makes "Spanish" rice so good. Also, add a little adobo, some cumin and green olives.. Read More
(162)
152 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 55
  • 4 star values: 53
  • 3 star values: 28
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 13
Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2009
I've made this many times and have pretty much altered it into a whole new recipe, but the part that I like about the original is the cooking for 15 mins, turning off and letting it sit on the stove for another 15 without removing the lid. I think this really helps the consistency of the rice. Most of the recipes for spanish rice result in a wet mushy mess. I like it dry and loose like the restaurants. I don't measure anything, I just make sure the liquid covers the rice, and I've started using salsa instead of tomatoes - just enough to give it some color - and I season it with Taco Seasoning I from this site (about a tablespoon of it). It comes out restaurant quality, love it!! Read More
(127)
Rating: 1 stars
01/01/2004
My friend made this rice (she's an excellent cook) and brought it over my house to try, it was awful-the flavor was seriously lacking! I've grown-up in a Hispanic household and the first thing we're taught as children is to always be generous with spices. For example, instead of stewed tomatoes-try a paste. It has a much better flavor and the consistency is what makes "Spanish" rice so good. Also, add a little adobo, some cumin and green olives.. Read More
(162)
Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2009
I've made this many times and have pretty much altered it into a whole new recipe, but the part that I like about the original is the cooking for 15 mins, turning off and letting it sit on the stove for another 15 without removing the lid. I think this really helps the consistency of the rice. Most of the recipes for spanish rice result in a wet mushy mess. I like it dry and loose like the restaurants. I don't measure anything, I just make sure the liquid covers the rice, and I've started using salsa instead of tomatoes - just enough to give it some color - and I season it with Taco Seasoning I from this site (about a tablespoon of it). It comes out restaurant quality, love it!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2006
This is a good basic recipe but made as is, it would have been too bland for us. I used a can of tomatoes with green chile's, used 1/2 cup of onion instead of 1/4 and added cumin and cayenne pepper. It makes a large amount so I used the leftover's to make stuffed peppers and it really added to the flavor of the peppers. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/04/2012
I used a can of petite diced tomatoes in this recipe. I made no other changes. Though it's a nice start for spanish rice for us it was quite bland. That being said my youngest had two big helpings. I'd make this again but I'd add a few spices next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2003
THE BEST spanish rice ever! it turns out light and fluffy! i added some chile powder and diced tomatoe with chiles to spice things up!! this is the ONLY spanish rice that turns out great every time! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2003
I found this a bit bland the first time I made it. I have made it numerous times since and I find that by adding some cayanne pepper (to taste) it made it perfect. Have made this a staple for my mexican dish nights! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/28/2005
The rice turns out perfectly! Unfortunately there is little flavour - just the tang of tomato. As someone suggested try using chicken broth instead of water add some garlic way more onion use less tomato and use the crushed rather than stewed... throw in some spices. Also this recipe says it serves 6. Considering that rice is generally a side dish this serves 8 - 10 easily. Paula's 6 are very big eaters! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2005
It was a good start but definately needed something more for my families taste buds. I added garlic cumin chili powder and red pepper. I also used brown rice instead. I used the skeleton of the recipe and changed it quite a bit. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/31/2003
Very bland and boring. Needs help. Add garlic tomatoe sauce maybe a chili pepper some sauteed chicken even and use chicken broth instead of the water. Read More
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