Whole Grain Spanish Rice

With brown rice, vegetables, cumin, tomato sauce and cilantro, this quick recipe for homemade Whole Grain Spanish Rice is better than any boxed variety!

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Whole Grain Spanish Rice

Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Brown Rice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 can (8 oz) Mexican-style tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime


  • This one-pan Whole Grain Spanish Rice dish is the delicious, quick side dish you’ve been looking for! Made with whole-grain Success® Brown Rice, corn, onions and Mexican-style tomato sauce, and seasoned with cumin, cilantro and lime, it’s bursting with flavor.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add corn, onion and cumin and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add tomato sauce; reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in rice, cilantro and lime juice.

Versatility is Key!

This dish has so much going for it, we know you’ll love it! It’s a one-pan dish that is naturally vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. With whole grains and Mexican spices combined with just a hint of lime, it’s also delicious. Simple and quick to prepare, you won’t need to bother with pre-packed Spanish rice mixes anymore.

The versatility of this dish also knows no bounds! Serve this as a side dish alongside your favorite Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Bake or, make it a main dish by adding in beans, ground beef or shredded chicken. You can even use this rice to make your own burrito filling, topped with lettuce, cheese and guacamole.

A True Success

Brown rice often gets a bad rap on account of its long cook time. With Success® Boil-In-Bag Rice, you’ll cut down on the cook time and the hassle.

If you don’t have Mexican-style tomato sauce on hand, use regular tomato sauce, your favorite salsa or chopped and mashed tomatoes in this recipe. To add more flavor, you can even sauté fresh garlic for 2 minutes before adding the other ingredients or toss in garlic powder with the cumin.

If you want to prepare an extra batch of this rice, simply double all of the ingredients. Then, freeze a batch of this Whole Grain Spanish Rice for the next time you need a meal in minutes!

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