The Best Spanish Rice for Cinco De Mayo

It’s May already!!  That means we have a reason to eat some yummy mexican food, if we really needed one.  Our family eats Tex-Mex several times a week here in the mountains of Virginia.  Mostly because I’m a Texas girl and that’s what I love!  But it took me a long time to find a great recipe for Spanish Rice.  FINALLY I found one in one of those fundraising cookbooks that my Mom had from her job.  You know, one of those cookbooks where everyone contributes a few recipes and you sell them for a great cause.  This one was for Relay for Life for University of Houston-Victoria and I’ve used it so much the plastic binding is coming apart!

The recipe is by Yolanda Gonzalez and is a fantastic recipe.  It all starts with browning your rice in the pan with some oil.

2015-04-30 17.09.08 I add the onions and green peppers to browning rice and saute it for a while.

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Then I add the rest of my ingredients and combine.  I let it cook for about 10 minutes, check it and then let it cook until it looks done.

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This is what done looks like to me below:

2015-04-30 18.08.11 The best thing about this recipe is the leftovers.  I like to take any we have left and eat it the next days with black beans and avocados on top.  Add leftover taco or fajita meat and you have made yourself a yummy mexican meal in a bowl.


Yoli’s Spanish Rice

3 Tablespoons of cooking oil

1 cup white rice

1/8 c diced onion

4 oz of tomato sauce

1 Tablespoon chicken bouillon

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 medium tomato, chopped (optional)

1 green pepper, chopped (optional)

2 1/3 cup water


Saute rice in oil until almost brown.  Add onion and green pepper and finish browning.  Add tomato sauce, chicken bouillon, pepper, garlic powder, tomato and mix well.  Add water, bring to boil and cover.  Lower heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.  If rice is dry at this point, add water and simmer for 10-15 minutes on very low heat.  Do not mix rice after boiling, this makes it mushy.

Makes 4-6 servings.  Enjoy!

Next week I’ll post our favorite recipe for beef burritos that you can make and freeze leftovers in the freezer for lunches.  My husband created this recipe and it will knock your socks off with its flavor!