My family just loves this easy Spanish rice recipe. Once you make this and can freeze it, there is no reason to use those box mixes for Mexican Rice.

This recipe for homemade Spanish rice tastes just like the restaurants.Try this easy Spanish rice recipe. Learn how to make easy Mexican Rice Recipe.

Easy Spanish Rice Recipe

This recipe is so easy and delicious! You can get plain rice very cheap so homemade Spanish rice recipe is very friendly on the wallet.

The entire family will love this easy Mexican rice recipe.

If you have wondered how do you make Spanish rice, keep reading….

Once you see how simple it is tomake Mexican recipe recipe, you will make it all the time!

This recipe for homemade Spanish rice tastes just like the restaurants.Try this easy Spanish rice recipe. Learn how to make easy Mexican Rice Recipe.

Homemade Spanish rice is the perfect compliment to Taco Tuesday or any night of the week!

We love to serve it with the Best Crockpot Chicken Tacos Recipe. Yum!

This recipe for easy Mexican rice recipe freezes really well so it’s perfect for busy nights. It is also great served with Easy Baked Enchilada Chicken. So good!

You must learn how to freeze rice. It’s a time saver on busy nights when you need a quick side dish.

This recipe for homemade Spanish rice tastes just like the restaurants.Try this easy Spanish rice recipe. Learn how to make easy Mexican Rice Recipe.

I’m sure you have most of the ingredients on hand for this authentic Spanish rice recipe!

We don’t use the box mixes anymore because we can make this so much cheaper, and reheating directly from the freezer is so easy to do.

You will save so much time and money. Plus, this just tastes so much better than anything you can get from a box.

It’s the best Spanish rice recipe.

This recipe for homemade Spanish rice tastes just like the restaurants.Try this easy Spanish rice recipe. Learn how to make easy Mexican Rice Recipe.

This Mexican Spanish rice recipe freezes great!

To freeze, allow your rice to cool completely. Then place in freezer baggies in the amounts that your family needs for dinner.

When you are ready to eat, take directly from the freezer. Place about ¼ cup of water in the container and microwave for about 5 minutes.

Add some salt and enjoy Mexican rice!

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It is that easy to freeze this simple Spanish rice!

You can also freeze this Spanish rice in cupcake pans. Just place in each individual cup and freeze.

Once frozen, pop them out and place in a freezer bag. You now have individual servings ready to reheat.

No need to buy those overpriced rice bowls at the store! Here is the silicone cupcake pans that I use.

They are really easy to pop out once frozen. So handy!

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Tip to freeze this Authentic Spanish rice recipe:

I use these Hands Free Storage Bag Holders. You can certainly do this without these but it makes it so much easier.

The ones I use come in a set of 2 and it’s so easy to just fill the bags and pop in the freezer. It makes it quick and easy and less mess.

I do a lot of freezer cooking so it’s been a big help having these on hand. It’s liking have an extra set of hands!

I like to use these when I make 10 Crockpot Freezer Meals in under an hour! You will love having these for lots of different recipes.

This recipe for homemade Spanish rice tastes just like the restaurants.Try this easy Spanish rice recipe. Learn how to make easy Mexican Rice Recipe.

What spices do you use to make Spanish rice?

Our time saving secret is to use chunky salsa and add garlic salt and cumin. It makes the best rice!

Let’s make this easy Mexican rice recipe!

It is so easy and delicious!

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Ingredients for Mexican rice recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion chopped finely (optional)
  • 1 ½ cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cups chunky salsa
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp cumin

Tip from Carrie:

If you have ever wondered Can you freeze onions, the answer is yes!

I chop onions in bulk and freeze them. It’s so nice to just grab what you need from the freezer for recipes.

How do you make Mexican rice?

It’s very simple and inexpensive. Get ready to learn how to make the easiest and tastiest side dish!

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How to make Spanish rice:

  1. Saute onion in oil over medium high heat. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Mix rice into skillet, stirring often. When rice begins to brown, stir in chicken broth, salsa, garlic salt and cumin.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, until liquid has been absorbed.
  4. I double this recipe to make a lot of rice. You do the work once and have enough to last my family 2-3 meals.
  5. I let rice cool and then freeze in freezer bags, that way I only have to mess up the kitchen once for a few extra meals.

This recipe for homemade Spanish rice tastes just like the restaurants.Try this easy Spanish rice recipe. Learn how to make easy Mexican Rice Recipe.

Give this Mexican Spanish rice recipe a try today!

Serve this with your favorite Mexican dinner and you have an easy meal in no time.

You will no longer have to wonder how do I cook Spanish rice?

Can you believe how easy it is? No more need to buy box mixes from the grocery store!

Make extra and freeze this homemade and easy Mexican rice!

You will love being able to pull it out of the freezer on busy nights for dinner.

For another easy recipe, try this delicious 15-Minute Parmesan Couscous recipe today.

Print this Easy Spanish rice recipe below:

Easiest Spanish Rice Recipe

4.64 from 19 votes
This recipe for homemade spanish rice tastes just like the restaurants.Try this easy Spanish rice recipe. Learn how to make spanish rice.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6 people
Cuisine Mexican
Course Side Dish
Calories 226
Author Carrie Barnard

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped finely optional
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups water or chicken broth -I normally do 1 or 2 cups broth
  • 1 cups chunky salsa
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp cumin

Instructions

  • Saute onion in oil over medium heat. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Mix rice into skillet, stirring often. When rice begins to brown, stir in chicken broth, salsa, garlic salt and cumin.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes, until liquid has been absorbed.
  • I double this recipe to make a lot of rice. You do the work once and have enough to last my family 2-3 meals.
  • I let rice cool and then freeze in freezer bags, that way I only have to mess up the kitchen once for a few extra meals.

Cook from Freezer:

  • Now that you have it cooked and in freezer, you are ready to an easy night of cooking.
  • Take rice from freezer baggy and place in microwavable dish. Add a small amount of water and cover.
  • Cook for about 3-4 minutes until warm.

Recipe Notes

Add some hamburger meat to this dish to make a delicious and inexpensive dinner for your family!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 226kcal, Carbohydrates 40g, Protein 4g, Fat 5g, Sodium 700mg, Potassium 192mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 210IU, Vitamin C 1.3mg, Calcium 32mg, Iron 0.8mg

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This is one of our favorite easy rice recipes!

Try this Spanish rice recipe and see why everyone loves it. For a change, try adding diced tomatoes, black bean and a little chili powder.

Yum! We have even added a ½ cup of tomato sauce and it was delicious. Spanish rice with tomato sauce is amazing!

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  1. I’ve been told by my doctor to stay away from breads, white rice, and processed foods. I really enjoy Spanish rice with my taco-seasoned chicken recipes. Can you please recommend an alternative rice (i.e. will brown rice work and taste as good)? Thanks so very much!!

  2. 5 stars
    Using salsa makes it very easy to put together – one of the best Spanish rices I have ever had!

  3. 5 stars
    We are going camping and I will be freezing the rice, how can i reheat on a stovetop without a microwave.
    Thank you!

  4. I would heat it on low on the stovetop with 1/2 cup-1 cup of water so it doesn’t dry out. Put the lid on the pot to create steam to help defrost and re-heat the rice. Let us know how it works out! Thank you.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this last night to go with the amazing Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas and everyone loved every bite of both! I made the rice exactly as written except to add 1/2 chopped red pepper sauteed with the onion. Trying to get a little more veggies in the diet! So good. Thanks so much.

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is a true gem! Absolutely amazing and so simple. Made one batch to “try” and working on the second batch now. Bought 2 bags of bagged Spanish rice as a backup that are now heading for the trash can. Thank you so very much for sharing this. Will never do anything but this from here on out…

  7. 5 stars
    I’m never going back to box Mexican rice again. This is so easy, packed with flavor. Taste just like what you get from a Mexican restaurant.

  8. 5 stars
    I always bought the package because I never learned how to exactly make my Nana’s. After this recipe, I am not buying the package anymore.

  9. 5 stars
    My hubby loves restaurant-style Spanish rice and I always had bought the store bought stuff, he was never happy with it. Maybe tonight he’ll love it with the help of this recipe! ?
    I did make it with brown rice bc we’re trying to be “healthier” it’s not very fluffy but it has fantastic flavor!

  10. Good to know that it works great with brown rice and I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  11. 4 stars
    I thought the seasonings in this were really good–I did add a bit of cilantro, because, well because I like cilantro. The only other suggestion I have is to NOT brown the rice. Either I browned it too much or,it just is not a good idea. I don’t know. I will make this recipe again, however, I will add the listed ingredients and place in a covered bowl in the microwave for 18 mins.

  12. 5 stars
    Very very good made it today with what was supposed to be enchiladas but had to make the enchiladas into a casserole but everything was delicious and the Spanish rice was easy and tasted just like one of the Mexican restaurant we go to. Will differently make again.

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