How to Make Spanish Rice

This quick, easy, and flavorful Spanish Rice made with Success® White Rice or Success® Brown Rice, is the perfect side for your favorite chicken, beef or seafood dish.

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 5 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 15 mins


  • 1 bag Success® White Rice or Success® Brown Rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp taco seasoning mix


  • Quick, simple to prepare and full of flavor, this Spanish Rice is perfect for pairing with your favorite chicken, beef or seafood dish.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add bell peppers and onion to saucepan and cook for 3-4 minutes, until beginning to soften.

    Step 3

  • Add in tomato sauce, bouillon and taco seasoning. Bring to a simmer, stirring until bouillon is dissolved. Add rice and stir until heated through.

  • Recipe Tip

    Switch up the flavors and try this rice with a Mexican-style tomato sauce instead of regular tomato sauce.


Spanish Rice, Made Easy

It’s always good to have a few go-to side dish recipes that can be whipped up quickly and pair well with many things. This quick, simple and delicious Spanish Rice made with Success® White Rice is just that — easy to make, ready in 15 minutes and full of amazing flavor! Try it with your favorite chicken, beef or seafood dish and we promise, you won’t be disappointed!

There are many recipes for this Spanish classic. We think you’ll love ours, though, loaded with the bold flavors of bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and beef bouillon. It’s also a breeze to throw together! Simply cook the rice, then cook the bell peppers and onions until tender. Follow that by adding the tomato sauce, bouillon and taco seasoning and stirring until the bouillon is dissolved. Finish by adding the cooked rice to the mixture and mixing everything together well. As we said, this is Spanish rice, made easy!

Leave the stress of cooking complicated meals behind and enjoy a delicious and satisfying dinner any night of the week with our easy recipes.

Authentic Spanish Rice Recipe

This Authentic Spanish Rice dish made with Success® White Rice is restaurant quality and takes just 15 minutes to make. For another quick Spanish rice dish, check out this other 15 minute Speedy Spanish Rice recipe made with Success® Jasmine Rice.

What is the Difference Between Spanish Rice and Mexican Rice?

Spanish Rice and Mexican Rice are often confused with one another. Spanish Rice has a yellowish/orange color which comes from being cooked with saffron whereas Mexican rice has more of a reddish color from being cooked in tomato juice.

This recipe however does not use saffron, instead it uses a combination of bouillon and tomato sauce to mimic the coloring effect.

If you want to try Mexican Rice, why not learn how to make a dish like this spicy yet comforting One-Pot Mexican Rice Casserole which you can also make with Success® White Rice and Monterey Jack cheese. This dish is perfect for celebrating Mexican holidays like Dia de Los Muertos or Cinco de Mayo.

Spanish Rice Dish

Spanish Rice is a quick and delicious side dish that can be made in a variety of different ways. If you are looking for an alternative whole-grain Spanish Rice recipe, then check out this vegan Whole Grain Spanish Rice dish made with Success® Brown Rice. This recipe calls for Mexican-style tomato sauce, however feel free to use regular tomato sauce if you don’t have any in the pantry.

Spanish Rice Seasoning

Taco seasoning goes very well with Spanish Rice, as seen in this recipe. To make your own homemade taco seasoning, you can simply mix together chili powder, ground cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes and dried oregano.

You can also try your taco seasoning with these flavorful, 20 minute Cuban Shrimp and Rice Tacos. These tacos taste delicious when served with sauces like salsa or guacamole

What Goes Well with Spanish Rice?

To make your Spanish Rice more filling, try adding in a protein like some chicken, beef or mushrooms for a vegetarian option.

How to Cook Spanish Rice

This recipe offers a simple, fool-proof way to cook Spanish Rice. Simply cook your Success® White Rice according to package instructions. You can then cook the remainder of the ingredients in a skillet before mixing together.

How to Stop Spanish Rice From Coming Out Mushy

There’s nothing worse than having mushy Spanish Rice. Try making Spanish rice with cold or leftover rice, this will keep your grains separate and help to prevent clumping.

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