Easy Authentic Spanish Rice


My family loves various ethnic foods, but this traditional Spanish rice is one of their favorites. My niece, of Spanish descent, lives with us and has tweaked my old Spanish rice recipe to make it just like her grandma's. My mother-in-law has also added this recipe to her school meals menu (minus the jalapeño), and it is a hit with the students and faculty.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (Optional)

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans Mexican-style diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup sour cream, or as desired (Optional)

  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese, or as desired (Optional)


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir onions and jalapeño peppers in butter until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir Mexican-style tomatoes into onion mixture; add rice, salt, and black pepper.

  2. Bring rice mixture to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until rice is cooked, 40 to 45 minutes. Garnish with sour cream and Cheddar cheese to serve.

Cook's Note:

You may need to add 1/2 cup water if rice is not covered completely for cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

253 Calories
14g Fat
27g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 253
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 522mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 211mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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