Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is my family's favorite recipe for Spanish rice. You can add more or less red pepper, depending on how spicy you like it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt margarine in a medium saucepan. Add onions, bell pepper, carrots, celery, garlic and rice. Cook and stir over medium heat until rice is lightly brown and vegetables are tender.
  2. Add stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and red pepper. Mix well.
  3. Bring to a boil. Cover saucepan, lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed; stirring occasionally.
Most Helpful

Terrific rice that my whole family enjoyd. I didn't have Mexican Style canned tomatoes, so just used regular but we didn't feel that we were missing out on anything. This rice was falvourful and delicious, thanks! Made for ZWT 8 :)

~Leslie~ August 12, 2012

Fantastic! I loved all the vegetables in it, and the addition of cumin. Thank you.

Katanashrp May 20, 2013

I didn't change a thing. The long list of ingredients seems daunting, but it is totally and completely worth it. The rice came out perfectly cooked, rich with flavor, and held together perfectly. No sad pale pink colored rice here. I couldn't stop grabbing just one more spoonful. The cumin makes this dish so do not skip it!

cooptender July 14, 2014