Spanish Rice

With the perfect mix of spices, peppers, and tomatoes, these Spanish rice recipes turn out every time. From yellow rice and chicken to Spanish rice with beef, these recipes are as authentic as they come.

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How to Make Spanish Rice

Spanish rice, ironically, is not a Spanish at all -- it originated in Mexico (and is sometimes referred to as Mexican rice). Spanish conquistadors introduced rice to Mexico in the 1500s, hence the name; it soon took on a life of its own, evolving into an economical "peasant" dish that turned bits of leftovers into a full meal. So we can thank Mexican chefs for the popularity of this deliciously versatile dish that has become an American favorite.

Spanish Rice

Better Homes and Gardens

A can of tomatoes, a few spices, and chopped veggies are all it takes to make this rice side dish recipe. It's lower in sodium than packaged mixes.

Flank Steak with Spanish Rice

Better Homes and Gardens

Broil or grill this spicy steak to serve with homemade Spanish rice.

Total: 30 mins

Spinach-Rice Casserole

Better Homes and Gardens

Try a new comfort food--this easy meatless casserole is made with spinach, tofu, and rice.

Deep-Dish Mexican Meat Loaf Pie

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Spanish Rice with Chicken and Shrimp

Midwest Living

This easy entree starts with rice pilaf mix. Add chicken, shrimp, tomatoes, and peppers to make a flavorful 30-minute dinner.

Total: 30 mins

Rice and Sweet Pepper Bowl

Better Homes and Gardens

Here's a meatless meal the whole crowd will love. Jalapeno pepper-seasoned Monterey Jack spices things up.

Total: 30 mins

How to Prepare Mexican Rice

No more boil-and-eat packets: Knowing how to prepare Mexican rice from scratch requires a few added steps but pays off with more flavor and far less sodium. Mexican rice (also known as Spanish rice in the U.S., though it's not at all native to Spain) is a popular side dish, often served alongside refried beans, at Mexican-American restaurants.

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