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.
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.
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.
Broil or grill this spicy steak to serve with homemade Spanish rice.
Try a new comfort food--this easy meatless casserole is made with spinach, tofu, and rice.
This easy entree starts with rice pilaf mix. Add chicken, shrimp, tomatoes, and peppers to make a flavorful 30-minute dinner.
Here's a meatless meal the whole crowd will love. Jalapeno pepper-seasoned Monterey Jack spices things up.
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.