Easy Spanish Rice

5 from 6 votes

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This Easy Spanish Rice recipe is an easy, delicious one pot meal for any night of the week. Have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Easy Spanish Rice dish in a white bowl

Easy Spanish Rice

This Easy Spanish Rice was a regular rotation meal when we were growing up. I am pretty sure it was slightly different every time, though, because our mom rarely followed a recipe. I had to watch her make it to guess the amounts of everything she used in order to share this recipe with you. Sometimes she used condensed tomato soup instead of tomato sauce. Other times she used tomato juice. Sometimes just diced tomatoes. She usually just used what she had on hand. The way I am sharing here today was my favorite way that she would make it. I watched her and wrote down everything she did EXACTLY so I could get it just right!

Substitutions and Additions for Spanish Rice

As mentioned above, there are SO many variations you can make from this beef and rice recipe. Consider this a “base” recipe and then go crazy.

  • You can add corn, black bean and/or peppers to give it more of a Southwestern flare.
  • You can even add some corn chips to the top to make it like a Southwestern Rice Bowl.
  • If you want less of a Southwestern-y flare, you can swap out the tomatoes and chiles (aka Rotel) for some petite diced tomatoes.
  • Top this easy Spanish Rice with cheddar, pepper jack or Monterrey cheese. Use whatever you have on hand.

Gluten Free Recipe

Easy Spanish Rice with a spoon scooping out some rice.

Guess what? This easy beef and rice meal is completely gluten free! Our mom doesn’t use any extra seasonings besides salt and pepper when she makes this, so you don’t have to worry about any gluten sneaking in there. You don’t need to make any special substitutions or anything. Make it as-is and you are good to go. Even if you make additions like corn, beans, or corn chips, it will STILL be gluten free.

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How to Make Easy Spanish Rice

Cheesy Beefy Rice Skillet (A One Pot Meal) from above

Easy Spanish Rice

5 from 6 votes
This Easy Spanish Rice recipe is an easy, delicious one pot meal for any night of the week. Have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Servings 6



  • In a large, deep walled skillet, cook onions and beef together over medium-high heat until beef is browned. 
  • Add rice and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly so the rice doesn’t stick to the pan.
  • Add chicken broth, tomatoes with chiles, and tomato sauce. Stir well to combine. 
  • Bring to a boil, cover with lid, and reduce heat to low. 
  • Lightly simmer for 20 minutes, keeping the lid in place.
  • Remove lid and fluff rice with a fork. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Top with cheese, then cover again for another 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 670kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 30gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 987mgPotassium: 680mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 614IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 352mgIron: 4mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. Does this freeze well? I am on my own and looking for freezer type meals, getting lazy in my older years, cook once eat 4 times!

  2. Thanks for this! I added corn, black beans, and a packet of taco seasoning. My 7-year-old couldn’t get enough!

    1. We just have an 8-quart Instant Pot and I am sure it would work just fine in that. Hope this helps!