Best Spanish Rice


This Spanish rice recipe is easy to make and very tasty thanks to the combination of picante sauce and chicken broth.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

This Spanish rice, featuring picante sauce and chicken broth, will quickly become a go-to side dish.

How to Make Spanish Rice

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Spanish Rice Ingredients

These are the simple ingredients you'll need to make this homemade Spanish rice recipe:

· Onion and oil: This Spanish rice recipe starts with two tablespoons of chopped onion cooked in olive oil.
· Rice: You'll need 1 ½ cups white rice to serve about five people.
· Broth: Use store-bought or homemade chicken broth.
· Picante sauce: Picante sauce adds rich and slightly spicy flavor to this Spanish rice recipe.


· You can use your favorite spicy salsa if you prefer.
· Serve as a side to beef enchiladas or chicken enchiladas.

How to Make Spanish Rice at Home

Here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make Spanish rice at home:

Cook the onion in oil, then stir in the rice and cook until it's golden brown. Add the broth and picante sauce, then simmer until the liquid is absorbed.

How to Store Spanish Rice

Store this Spanish rice in a shallow, airtight container for up to five days. Reheat the rice thoroughly in the microwave or on the stove.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This was absolutely AMAZING," raves JCong. "I did add one tablespoon of taco seasoning to it and it gave it the perfect kick. My family loved this and I will be making this again!!"

"An easy recipe for really flavourful rice," according to Simone Killian. "I didn't have chicken broth in the house so I used the beef broth I had. Great texture for the rice."

"For an amazing twist on this, try using Newman's Own Pineapple Salsa," says Christina Peterson. "Absolutely delicious and I find it hard to eat it any other way now!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 tablespoons oil

  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked white rice

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup picante sauce


  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add rice; cook and stir until rice begins to turn golden brown. Stir in chicken broth and picante sauce. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until liquid has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

286 Calories
6g Fat
51g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 286
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 697mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 218mg 5%

* 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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