This recipe is a simple Spanish rice that is quick and easy and tastes delicious. The vegetable juice and the taco seasoning add more flavor to this dish.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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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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  • Cook and stir onion, garlic, and vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat until onions are softened, about 5 minutes.

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  • Stir rice into onion mixture and cook, stirring often, until rice becomes slightly opaque, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Stir chicken broth, vegetable juice, and taco seasoning into rice mixture and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until rice has absorbed most of the liquid, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

235 calories; protein 4.1g 8% DV; carbohydrates 42.4g 14% DV; fat 5g 8% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 168.8mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2012
Well I almost always cook from scratch but let me tell you this was terrific! Could not be easier with a nice balance of flavors. Kids will like it because of taco seasoning influence. I think there's an error in the recipe though. "Instant" rice should not take 20 minutes to cook as the recipe calls for; about 7 minutes is right. I think you could make this with regular rice and follow the recipe that calls for 20 minutes of cooking. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/25/2014
I bought a generic store brand of V8. I think it was too bland compared to what I remember for V8 and maybe that's why this recipe turned out too bland. Thankfully I tasted it ahead of time and "doctored" it up with spices. It was also a bit dry so I aded some enchiladas sauce to it as well and people enjoyed it. I served it with Angela's Chicken Enchiladas recipe (loved it) and Christmas Eve dinner was a success all in all. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2012
Well I almost always cook from scratch but let me tell you this was terrific! Could not be easier with a nice balance of flavors. Kids will like it because of taco seasoning influence. I think there's an error in the recipe though. "Instant" rice should not take 20 minutes to cook as the recipe calls for; about 7 minutes is right. I think you could make this with regular rice and follow the recipe that calls for 20 minutes of cooking. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2012
I chose this recipe to add a photo to faceless recipes for the Allrecipes Allstars group. If looking for rice like one would get at a Mexican restaurant this is pretty close. My only problem was it was a tad dry. I ended up adding about tsp. of vegetable oil at the end which helped. I didn't have V8 so I found a subtitute to do 1/2 tomato sauce and 1/2 water and it tasted very similar. I made broth from broth paste so I could control the sodium. I made 1/2 recipe and it made about 4 servings. At the end I added some frozen defrosted peas and carrots for color and texture. ty Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2012
This recipe was great! despite the urge that i had to add beans (because there is room for experimenting with other ingredients) I did not. I basically stuck to the recipe with the exception of the cayenne chili powder and splash of hot sauce that I added for extra spice. It was very quick and really delicious i will be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2012
I didn't have V8 so I used salsa and added a can of green chilies. It turned out awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2012
This was really easy and had a great flavor. I used 1/2 cup Rotel tomatoes instead of the V8 juice just for a little kick!! Thanks for sharing!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2012
I made this recipe tonight and my husband loved it! He has tried many times to fix spanish rice but it always came out bland. The only things I changed was: I diced up about a 1/4 cup of onion 1/4 cup red bell regular rice and tomato sauce. All in all...DELISH! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2012
was delicious! I used brown rice though and added some green chili for some extra spice! flavor is great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2013
I thought it was great. I didn't have minute rice so I just had to cook it for about 20-35 minutes at the end. I also had to add more liquid. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2014
Very nice recipe! I used regular rice, 1 cup chicken broth to 1 cup enchilada sauce (no V8 juice available). Sauted conion and garlic. Added 1 c of rice and sauted a few minutes. Then sprinkled cumin and salt in the rice. Added to the boiling broth..cooked 22 min..You might go with 1 1/4 C of chicken and 3/4 cup of the enchilada sauce. Next time will sauté green peppers and and black beans..Thanks for the recipe idea! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/25/2014
I bought a generic store brand of V8. I think it was too bland compared to what I remember for V8 and maybe that's why this recipe turned out too bland. Thankfully I tasted it ahead of time and "doctored" it up with spices. It was also a bit dry so I aded some enchiladas sauce to it as well and people enjoyed it. I served it with Angela's Chicken Enchiladas recipe (loved it) and Christmas Eve dinner was a success all in all. Read More
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