I love Mexican food! It is probably my favorite cuisine. I love the rice that you get at Mexican restaurants and I have been looking for a Restaurant-Style Spanish Rice to make at home. I have tried the boxed kind and it never tastes like the kind you get in the restaurants. I came across this great recipe from RealLifeDinner.com and it looked really good.
This recipe makes a lot of rice so if you have a small family, you might want to just half it. Or you could make all of it and save some to eat with other meals. This was really good and has been the closest thing I have found that tastes just like the rice at Mexican restaurants. I will be making this whenever we have some Mexican cuisine at my house. We all really liked it.
- 2½ cups uncooked rice
- 4¾ cups chicken broth
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
- 1 large clove of garlic, finely chopped or crushed
- ⅓ cup canola oil or butter
- ⅛ tsp chili powder (optional) I left this out so it wouldn’t be spicy
- ⅛ tsp Cumin (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a 9×13 pan combine all ingredients and stir so that everything is evenly distributed
- Cover tightly with aluminum foil
- Place carefully in oven and bake for 1 hour
- Remove from oven and leave covered until ready to serve
- Onions and garlic may settle on the top, Fluff with a fork to mix them evenly into rice
As you can see, it is very simple to make and you can even make it ahead of time so you will have one less thing to make for dinner. This would be really good to put in burritos. I think I might try that next time. Let me know what you think about this recipe for Restaurant-Style Spanish Rice.
Tina Bean says
This was a huge hit on taco night. My mister said, “you did great on the rice.” I also left out the chilli powder and didn’t misss it at all. The recipe makes a massive amount, which is a great frugal way to prepare for lunches for the week.
I’m so glad you liked it! It does make a TON of rice so I usually half the recipe.
I really liked the recipe! Thank you. My rice was a little undercooked. I wonder if I need to add a bit more broth and cook another 15 min?
I’m so glad you liked it! Yes, that method should work. I have a convection oven so it seems to cook the rice a little bit faster. I hope it works for you!
Wonderful. Used it in my burritos. Also only made half a recipe as there is only 2 of us now.
What kind of rice did you use? Regular white rice? Minute rice?
Just regular white rice.
If I half the amount do I cook it for the same amount of time?
Kristen m says
Just made a half batch in a 8×8 Pyrex dish for an hour and it turned out great! Will definitely be making again
Next time I might experiment with maybe 1/4th cup less liquid