This is something my grandmother used to make, but she never used a recipe. It took me a long time to figure out just what she did. I think this is as close to hers as it gets. It's just a simple rice side dish, but if you add a pound of cooked ground beef or chicken you can serve it as a meal. I hope you enjoy.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir rice, onion, and bell pepper in hot oil until the vegetables are slightly tender and rice is lightly browned, 7 to 10 minutes.

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  • Stir diced tomatoes, vegetable juice, tomato sauce, water, sugar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into the rice mixture. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

359 calories; protein 5.8g 12% DV; carbohydrates 51.5g 17% DV; fat 14.5g 22% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 1270.2mg 51% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2013
I don't keep instant rice in the house I used regular long grain rice in place of the instant. It just took a little longer to cook. I also used a red bell pepper instead of green and lime juice instead of lemon juice. The boys really liked this rice especially the youngest. I'd make this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/02/2013
Even after leaving out the tomato sauce completely this was too tomato-y for us. The sweet tomato flavor totally predominated this as a side dish. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2013
I don't keep instant rice in the house I used regular long grain rice in place of the instant. It just took a little longer to cook. I also used a red bell pepper instead of green and lime juice instead of lemon juice. The boys really liked this rice especially the youngest. I'd make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/07/2014
I have tried this twice now. First time I followed the recipe exactly and found it to be a little bland for my taste. Second time instead of using vegetable juice I used pure tomato juice. Also instead of tomato sauce I used paste. I also added a clove of fresh garlic and a dash of cilantro. I then topped it with mild cheddar cheese and put it in the oven just to melt the cheese. This resulted in a much better finished product and more smiling faces at the dinner table. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2014
We made a meal of this browning boneless skinless chicken breasts first remove cover and setting aside in a warm oven then proceeding with recipe. I did leave the tomato sauce out and thought it was plenty "tomato-y". Used brown rice which has a 50 minute cook time so after 30 minutes I nestled the breasts back in the rice covered again quickly and cooked an additional 20 minutes I also added a cup of defrosted peas when adding the chicken back. Left out the sugar and gave gave a generous squeeze of lemon over all when finished. I would definitely make this again! Look forward to the leftovers for lunch! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2015
I followed the instructions without the v8 juice and I thought it was fantastic. I also used brown rice instead but it was still the instant variety so I didn't have to adjust cook times. Loved it! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2013
Even after leaving out the tomato sauce completely this was too tomato-y for us. The sweet tomato flavor totally predominated this as a side dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2020
It was definitely more intricate of a recipe, than my grandma used to make. It really didn’t have enough flavor though. My husband did like it though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2020
Gotta admit, I didn't think this would work (sugar? lemon?). Followed it to the letter, and it was AWESOME! I did add some cayenne and chili powder at the end, for some heat, but this was super tasty. 10/10 will make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2018
Great recipe. I didn t have bell pepper to add but it still turned out perfect and tasted great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2020
my family raves about this rice, Im not much for rice in any way but my family says its the best Spanish rice, better than restaurants we eat at. Read More