Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

the perfect spanish rice can go along side any dish! try it in my chicken and rice soup recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. in a bowl combine broth, cumin, chili powder, salt & half a can of el pato sauce (if you can't find el pato use regular tomato sauce).
  2. brown rice, in hot oil, in a large skillet for approximately 5 minutes flipping occasionally.
  3. add diced onion, minced garlic, sauté for 1 minute.
  4. add seasoned broth, bring to a boil.
  5. reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. do not check on the rice before the 15 minutes is up, this will allow steam to escape and may make your rice turn out undercooked.
  6. most of the water will absorb before the 15 minute time limit but keep covered and continue to steam for the entire 15 minutes. this will make for perfect rice that isnt crunchy.
  7. after 15 minutes turn heat off, uncover & flip rice over. recover & let sit until everything else is ready. you can let the rice sit covered for up to 25 minutes which will cook out most of the moisture & leave perfect fluffy rice.


Most Helpful

I made this recipe to the T *except* I added the whole can of el pato. The rice was nice and fluffy and the spices were pretty good, although I did add a little more salt after it was finished. The only thing I would change next is to use less garlic- I grated 2 cloves in and the finished product was a little heavy on the garlic. Otherwise an excellent recipe : ) typically when I make Spanish rice the rice ends up not quite fully cooked so this recipe was very helpful. Thank you for posting!!

hurleygurlie2388 August 21, 2016

I used the yellow can of El Pato tomato sauce (almost 8 oz can) which has chilies in it. I don't eat very spicy food & the heat level for me was mildly warm...hotter than green chilies but nice. I also used the entire can rather than 4 oz and adjusted the amount of chicken broth. I didn't use cilantro to finish because I'm freezing this but will serve with fresh chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime or media crema when I serve it. El Pato makes hotter canned 8oz tomato sauces if you want more heat. I would not sub regular tomato sauce if you are wanting the heat.

dmac085 May 19, 2016

I made this rice exactly as listed and it came out very bland. I think this is a good basic recipe but needs more spice /flavor.

kellilovespie January 19, 2015

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