Spanish Rice Original


A great Spanish rice recipe that is similar to the recipe from the homeland! Add in bacon, onion, pepper, and more for flavor. This can be made as a main dish as well.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins


  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • 6 slices bacon

  • 2 onions, diced

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice

  • 2 tomatoes, diced

  • 2 green bell peppers, diced

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt and ground black pepper

  • 1 (10 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained (Optional)

  • 1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained (Optional)


  1. Bring chicken broth and tomato sauce to a boil in a small saucepan, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and maintain a simmer while preparing the remaining ingredients.

  2. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving bacon grease in the skillet. Chop bacon.

  3. Cook and stir onion in reserved bacon grease over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in rice; cook and stir until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour boiling chicken broth and tomato sauce into rice mixture; add diced tomatoes, green peppers, and chopped bacon. Season with chili powder, salt, and pepper.

  4. Cover and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir black olives and corn into rice mixture before serving.


If you are going to double the recipe (I usually make a doubled recipe), use the same amount of bacon strips and oil, and keep to 1 can of olives and 1 can of corn, double all other ingredients.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

373 Calories
19g Fat
46g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 373
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 1196mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 44mg 218%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 520mg 11%

* 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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