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Homemade Spanish Rice

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Homemade Spanish rice is the perfect side dish for any of your favorite Mexican food recipes.  Made with bell peppers, onions and delicious spices, this easy recipe is bursting with flavor and tastes just like you get in a restaurant.

Spanish rice is one of my favorite side dishes to make when I’m making a Mexican-inspired meal.  I also love to serve a warm bowl of tortilla chips with a batch of either my famous homemade Mild Salsa or this Tomatillo Salsa and a tall pitcher of Horchata to drink.

a cast iron skillet filled with homemade Spanish rice. Mixed in with the rice are slices of red and green bell peppers and a small pinch of parsley is in the center of the rice.

Easy Spanish Rice (Mexican Rice)

I am a huge fan of Mexican food and usually have at least one Spanish-inspired dish for my family each week. I really feel like Mexican food is my love language! This homemade Spanish Rice recipe, also referred to as Mexican rice, is one of our favorite side dishes to our tacos and enchiladas. An old neighbor friend made it for our family about 10 years ago and I’ve been making it ever since!

Not only is this recipe a breeze to make, it is also super moist and full of flavor. Not to mention that the ingredient list is also very basic.  Most of these items are things you can keep stocked in your pantry. You’ll be ready to turn your Taco Tuesdays into something a little more festive and delicious in no time at all!

How To Make Spanish Rice

This homemade Mexican rice recipe, really one of the simplest and fastest I’ve found.  From start to finish, this shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes to make.

  1. Using a large sauce pan, combine the rice, oil, onions and bell peppers and cook over medium heat
  2. Saute everything until the onions become translucent
  3. Stir in the tomato juice, tomatoes, salt and mustard
  4. Let the rice simmer for 5 minutes

Items Needed To Make Homemade Spanish Rice

I’m telling you, this recipe is super easy to make.  These are the only things you’ll need to make it:

a black iron skillet sitting on a counter filled with this easy homemade Mexican rice recipe. Next to the skillet is a red bell pepper and onion and a bundle of parsley.

Can You Reheat Spanish Rice

Be sure to store all of your leftover homemade Spanish rice in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator.  You can store the rice for between 5 and 7 days before you’ll need to toss it.  Once your ready to eat it again, simply warm it up in the microwave and it’s ready to eat.

You can also freeze this Spanish rice if you’d like to make an extra batch and save it for later.  Just be sure to store it in a freezer-safe container and write the date on the outside so you remember when you put it in there.  It can stay fresh in the freezer for about 3 months.  When you’re ready to serve it, place the rice in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until you reach your desired temperature.

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Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe

I am pretty sure this Spanish rice is calling my name right now – can you hear it?  Do you have a favorite Mexican or Spanish dish that your family loves?  I want to hear all about it! Leave me a comment in the section below and let me know or tag us on social media the next time you make this easy recipe so we can see all of the fun you’re having in the kitchen!

5 from 5 votes

Easy Homemade Spanish Rice

Homemade Spanish rice is the perfect side dish for any of your favorite Mexican food recipes.  This easy recipe is bursting with flavor and tastes just like you get in a restaurant.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword mexican, rice, spanish rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 106 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup instant rice
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 bell peppers any color, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14.5 oz petite diced tomatoes 1 can
  • 5.5 oz V8 tomato juice 1 can


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat combine the oil, the rice, the onion, the red bell pepper and the green bell pepper.
  2. Saute until onions are translucent.
  3. Stir in mustard, salt, tomatoes and tomato juice
  4. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve & Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Spanish Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 377mg16%
Potassium 278mg8%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1130IU23%
Vitamin C 47mg57%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a close up of a skillet of this simple to make Spanish rice topped with parsley. At the bottom of the image the words Spanish rice recipe are written in a white box.

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