Easy Spanish Rice


This easy recipe for Spanish rice was told to me by my girlfriend's mother-in-law from Mexico. I had to measure the ingredients. Never before have they been measured, always a "handful of this and equal parts of that" until it looked right. I hope you enjoy it. It has become a family favorite in our home. I am always asked to make it!

close up view of Spanish Rice garnished with fresh herbs and jalapeños in a white bowl
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ½ cups long-grain rice

  • 3 cups water

  • 2 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon tomato bouillon with chicken flavoring (such as Knorr®), or more to taste


  1. Place a pot over medium-heat heat; add oil and heat until oil shimmers slightly. Pour rice into hot oil, stirring constantly, until rice is golden to dark brown, about 5 minutes.

  2. Mix water, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and bouillon into rice. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat. Cover the pot tightly with a lid and let sit until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Adjust seasonings as needed.

Cook's Note:

Go easy on the bouillon; start with 1 tablespoon and work from there. You can always sprinkle it on top at the end!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

168 Calories
4g Fat
30g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 168
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 129mg 3%

* 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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