Spanish Rice Using Tomato Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Since I can't eat entire tomatoes, I'm grateful for a recipe that uses tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes, etc. This recipe comes from Host Chelsie Kenyon on's Mexican cooking forum. Thank you, Chelsie! Please see Chelsie's original recipe here at You can make the salt nonexistent in this recipe by using no-salt tomato sauce and chicken broth.


  1. In medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add in garlic and onion. Saute 1-2 minutes until softened.
  2. Add in dry rice. While stirring, cook for about 5 minutes until rice is golden brown.
  3. Slowly add in broth and tomato sauce into rice, not directly onto hot pan. Stir; bring to boil.
  4. Turn heat to low and cover. Let simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Fluff with fork.
Most Helpful

Easy to make, taste good. This is my go to recipe for Spanish rice. If I feel rice is sticking to bottom of pot and it's not fully done I recommend putting another pan underneath the pot so there's no direct heat but The rice still cooks.

Unsa A. June 20, 2016

Loved this recipe! I was hesitant because of some of the reviews on here but mine turned out perfect! You shouldn't need more broth or tomatoe sauce if you sauté it long enough. Very pleased will defenetly use again!

Chelsea H. May 07, 2016

This recipe really sucked. Needed a lot more water and still took over an hour to cook. No stars doesn't deserve it. Maybe they should've told us what rice was best for this recipe.

blessedpearls92 October 14, 2015