Restaurant style Spanish rice recipe (Mexican rice) + video

Restaurant style Spanish rice recipe (Mexican rice) + video


How to make homemade Spanish rice/Mexican rice. No matter what you call it, we have the best and easiest Spanish rice recipe you can find. It tasted like it came straight from the restaurant!

This is our top choice when serving Mexican food! Not only is it simple, it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, and it goes perfectly with our tacos and enchiladas!

Simple mexican rice

I like Spanish rice (aka Mexican rice)! As mentioned earlier, I am ½ Mexican. I like this family tradition very much, and I am especially grateful to my family for teaching me to make delicious Mexican food.

As long as I can remember, my mother has been making today’s Spanish rice recipe and showed me how to do it for the first time a few years ago (and empanadas, enchiladas and tacos). Now, we do it once a week because my kids are obsessed and it’s easy.

This recipe is actually a Spanish rice recipe from a popular Mexican restaurant in Mesa called Mango’s (located in Main). If you have been there before and like their rice, then you will love this recipe. It’s really simple, delicious, and a perfect match for any Mexican dish!

How to make Spanish rice

One of the main reasons we like this recipe (except for its simplicity) is because we always have the ingredients on hand. Here are the Spanish rice ingredients needed to make this delicious side dish:

  • Long grain rice
  • Oil
  • ketchup
  • Minced garlic
  • chicken soup
  • cumin
  • Garlic pepper + salt

First fry the rice to brown in oil (we use about ⅛ but it depends on how much you like). Stir in minced garlic for a minute, then add tomato sauce, chicken broth (or water and broth cubes) and spices.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Fuzz before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions + Tips

How much rice does a person eat? Plan ¼ cup of raw rice per person. After the rice is cooked, you need about ¾ – 1 cup per person. If the recipe calls for 3 cups of raw rice, the plan can serve 12 people.

What kind of rice is best for making Spanish rice? We like to use long-grain white rice. It becomes fluffy and does not become sticky like some short grain rice.

Can Spanish rice be made from brown rice? Brown rice can definitely replace white rice. Just add ⅓ c of water to each cup of brown rice, and then simmer for a longer time-until the brown rice reaches the texture you want.

Can you use salsa instead of tomato sauce? definitely! Salsa can add more flavor and even more spice to this mild rice recipe. It’s all about preferences.

Which ingredient is best for this kind of rice? You can add your favorite things, but we often add chopped peppers, chopped cilantro, onions and even green onions.

After adding all the spices and tomato sauce, stir and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Reheat, freeze + more recipes

How to reheat Spanish rice/Mexican rice? Be sure to store it properly in an airtight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5-6 days. To reheat, simply reheat it in the microwave or on the stove for a few minutes.

Can Spanish rice be frozen? Yes, it can be frozen for future use. Just put about 3 cups of cooked rice in a zippered freezer bag, label it and put it in the freezer for 4-6 months.

When you are ready to use it, you can thaw the rice in the refrigerator or cook it directly from the refrigerator. Using a microwave safe bowl, stir the rice at high speed every 2 minutes until the rice reaches the temperature you want.

Recipe using Spanish rice

Yes, we use it as a side dish for any Mexican cuisine, but we also like to use it as a recipe, including:

Most importantly, it is the best side of Mexican food! ! Below is the video and printable instructions for making Mexican rice. We hope you can enjoy it with any Mexican dishes you try.

For more Mexican rice recipes, please check:

What to serve with Spanish rice?

Course Side Dishes

Mexico food

Preparation time 5 minutes

40 minutes cooking time

Total time 45 minutes

8 servings

Calories 90 kcal

Author Little Luna

  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1/8 cup oil
  • 8 ounces tomato paste
  • 6 coriander (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 cups water (or 4 cups chicken low-sodium chicken broth-no broth)
  • 1 cube chicken broth
  • Fennel
  • Dash garlic pepper
  • Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

  • Add rice and cook until golden brown.

  • Add 1 piece of chicken-flavored broth to 4 cups of water and heat it in the microwave for 3 minutes.

  • When the rice turns brown, add water, tomato paste, salt, garlic, cumin, and garlic pepper.

  • Stir and cover the pot. Simmer for 30-40 minutes or until all is cooked and there is no liquid. Be soft before serving and enjoy.

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