Spanish Rice Recipe

January 20, 2009 by Michelle

It’s that time of the week again, and last week, I brought you the Southwestern Tortilla Pie,ย with promises of Spanish Rice to accompany it this week. Never let it be said that I don’t keep my promises.

But first… my recipe for Spanish rice. Sorry I don’t have any pictures, but I wasn’t planning to post it initially and so didn’t take any during the creation of it.

This one tastes so much better than anything that comes out of a box. And it’s much healthier, too. The best part is that it’s pretty easy and low maintenance, so don’t let anyone fool you into thinking this is harder than it is. You’ll know better from now on!

Spanish Rice Recipe

1 c low sodium chicken broth
1 c tomato sauce (ok, I usually cheat and use one can which doesn’t quite have 1 c in it)
1 t olive oil
3 slices turkey bacon
1 1/4 c diced onion
1 c rice (uncooked)
1 tomato, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 t chili powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 t pepper

Makes 8 servings as a side, about 3/4 c each

Place the tomato sauce and broth into a pot and heat to a boil. Heat a large skillet (e.g., bouillabase pan), and add the olive oil once it’s hot. Add the bacon and cook. Remove the bacon and reserve the remaining oil. Add the onion and cook about 4-5 minutes, until translucent.

While onion is cooking, chop bacon into small pieces. Add the rice, and cook 3-5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add the broth/sauce mixture and remaining ingredients. Stir briefly, then cover. Simmer 30-40 minutes, then stir once. Serve hot.

This will reheat ok. Adding a small bit more broth when reheating keeps it from drying out.


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  • Sarah

    Thankyou! Thankyou! Now I can make the entire meal tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karen

    I’ll have to make that this week – I’ve been wanting a good Spanish rice recipe. Thanks!


    we love spanish rice! I will have to give this recipe a try. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lex the mom

    I will have to make this the next time I make some tacos! It sounds like a delish recipe! I love Spanish rice, if only my family will come around. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Live.Love.Eat

    Hmmm, I love that it has turkey bacon in it. Happy TMTT!!!

  • Life with Kaishon

    I love Spanish Rice! It is my most favorite : ). Thanks for this great recipe!

  • Angela

    Yum yum! I love Spanish Rice too, but hate those mix thingys with all the MSG and salt on top. Can’t wait to try this!

    (and we already love the stacker recipe! It’s just plain fun to make!)

  • Kellan

    We sure eat a lot of Mexican food – I should definitely try this. We just had chalupas and quesidillas last night – no rice.

    Have a good day – Kellan

  • Lisa

    We love Spanish rice. Your recipe looks like a winner.

  • Michelle

    Sarah – I promised I’d share. I hope you like it!

    Karen – No problem. I hope you enjoy it. It makes a bunch for the times you need to ummm feed a crowd (and yes, I’ve doubled it before).

    Mommy-Momo – Uh-oh! If you’re an expert, I hope this stands up to your test. Definitely let me know what you think.

    Lex – Good to see you! And hey, if no one else likes Spanish rice, that just means there’s more for you and less to share.

    Live.Love.Eat – I use turkey bacon all the time and adapt recipes. It just makes me feel a little better about what I’m eating ๐Ÿ™‚ (And of course you can make it with regular bacon — sans the olive oil)

    Life with Kaishon – Wow, there are a lot of Spanish Rice fans out here! I hope you enjoy it!

    Angela – I’m so with you and the mixes. I’m pretty anti-mix with anthing where it starts putting in more stuff than what I do. Good to know I have a rave review on last week’s recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Kellan – Ooo, I don’t know, the chalupas and quesadillas sound so good… do they really need rice ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh, who am I kidding? Everything’s better with rice!

    Lisa – We think it’s good (and I’ve gotten compliments from others), so I hope you like it!

  • Brenda

    I have never used turkey bacon but I should give it a try. This recipe looks good.

  • Linda

    I haven’t made Spanish rice in a long time. Thanks for the reminder and the recipe!

  • Denyse

    Oh thank you! I have chicken tacos planned for tomorrow night and this will be PERFECT with them. I’m so excited.

  • [email protected]

    Hi Michelle. This sounds great. I am glad you joined us, again, this week.

  • Michelle

    Brenda – Definitely give it a try. My dad can’t tell the difference when I cook it… you just need to add a little fat since it doesn’t have fat itself, but I’d rather have a little olive oil I can control the quantity of than a soup of bacon grease!

    Linda – Enjoy the Spanish Rice. It’s some good stuff!

    Denyse – Glad I could be of assistance… and that the timing worked out. Let me know what you think!

    Lisa – Of course! I’m already trying to decide what to post for next week ๐Ÿ˜‰

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