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Crockpot Spanish Rice is a delicious side dish to serve with our favorite Mexican Dishes. Easy spices makes this restaurant style Spanish Rice loaded with flavor.

Spanish Rice in the slow cooker with the wooden spoon
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Slow cooker Spanish Rice is an easy, fool-proof way to make Spanish rice. If you loved our Stove Top Spanish Rice Recipe, then you are going to love this crockpot version.

This Mexican Rice can be made in variety of ways and then served with cheese enchiladas, burritos and tacos.

Why This Recipe Works:

Cooking Spanish rice in a slow cooker saves me time and money. Rice is budget friendly side and made with many substitutions and spices.

When making Homemade Mexican Food can take time, but using the crockpot you can easily prep in the morning and it is ready for dinner.

With these simple seasonings, you can make a restaurant style Spanish Rice that is a family favorite.

Ingredients:

Ingredients for Spanish Rice - White Rice, onion, oil, chicken broth, tomato sauce, salsa, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, cilantro
  • Long Grain White Rice
  • Onion (finely diced) 
  • Vegetable oil 
  • Chicken Broth, low-sodium
  • Tomato Sauce (8 ounces) 
  • Chunky Salsa 
  • Minced Garlic 
  • Cumin 
  • Chili Powder 
  • Salt 
  • Black Pepper 
  • Fresh Cilantro (chopped) 

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

Variations Ideas:

  • Add Meat – Make a complete meal but adding in cooked meat with the Spanish Rice. Add in ground beef, Shredded pork or chicken for added flavor.
  • Vegetables – You can easily sneak in veggies to give this homemade rice more flavor. Bell peppers, corn, or diced tomatoes are always a great addition.
  • Seasoning – We made this Spanish Rice with simple seasonings. But feel free to add in Paprika or Taco Seasonings.
  • Beans – Add in black beans, pinto beans or white beans for a delicious addition.

Step by Step Instructions:

Cooking the rice and onions in the skillet with a wooden spoon

Step 1 – Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Then, add the rice and diced onions. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes until the onion is soft and the rice is browned.  

Adding the browned rice and cooked onions to the prepared slow cooker

Step 2 – Spray a slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Remove the rice from the heat and transfer it to the slow cooker.

Adding the ingredients in the slow cooker

Step 3 – Add the chicken broth, tomato sauce, salsa, minced garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.

Stirring the ingredients in the slow cooker with wooden spoon

Step 4 – Stir and mix until all the ingredients are well combined. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours, or until the liquid has been absorbed. Stir the freshly chopped cilantro into the rice. Serve warm and enjoy! 

Recipe Tips:

  • Prepare Rice – This crock pot rice cooks better when saute the rice and onions together in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Prepare Slow Cooker – We recommend spraying the slow cooker with cooking spray before cooking the Spanish Rice.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary depending on your slow cooker. You will know the rice is cooked when there is no liquid visible.
  • Mushy Rice – If you end up with mushy rice, take the lid off the slow cooker and allow the moisture to evaporate.
Spanish rice in a slow cooker with a serving on a wooden spoon

Serving Suggestions:

Spanish Rice is a must side dish anytime we make our favorite Mexican Dishes. It is perfect served in Burrito Bowls or Chicken Fajitas. Top the rice with sour cream or guacamole for added flavor.

We even like to squeeze fresh lime right before serving.

Can I Prepare in Advance?

Yes, this is the perfect recipe to prepare ahead of time. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container. crunchy.

Can you Freeze?

Yes, you can freeze prepared Spanish Rice in a freezer safe container. It will stay fresh for up to 3 months. For more tips, learn How to Freeze Rice.

How to Reheat Leftovers:

Just add a little water when you reheat it so that the rice doesn’t become dry or

Spanish rice in a bowl

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Crock Pot Spanish Rice

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Crockpot Spanish Rice is a delicious side dish to serve with our favorite Mexican Dishes. Easy spices makes this restaurant style Spanish Rice loaded with flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine Mexican
Course Side Dish
Calories 221

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Then, add the rice and diced onions. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes until the onion is soft and the rice is browned.
  • Spray a slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Remove the rice from the heat and transfer it to the slow cooker.
  • Add the chicken broth, tomato sauce, salsa, minced garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  • Stir and mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours, or until the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Stir the freshly chopped cilantro into the rice.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 221kcal, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 5g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0.02g, Cholesterol 2mg, Sodium 802mg, Potassium 181mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 237IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 33mg, Iron 1mg

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