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Easy Mexican Rice
Easy Spanish Rice Recipe
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
28 mins
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
36 mins

An Easy Spanish Rice Recipe with made with tomato paste, carrots, and onions.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 177 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 carrots peeled and finely diced
  • 1 white onion finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup white long-grain rice
  1. Add butter and olive oil to a large saucepan over medium heat. Add carrots and onion to the saucepan, stir and cover for 6-8 minutes until softened. 

    Remove the lid and stir in the tomato paste, followed by the water, salt, garlic powder, cumin and pepper and raise heat to medium-high.

  2. Allow mixture to come to a boil, stir in the rice and reduce heat to medium-low or low, just so that a simmer is maintained. 

    Cover the saucepan and allow to simmer for 18-20 minutes. Do not remove lid and do not stir. 

  3. Once all of the liquid has been absorbed, remove from the heat and set aside, still covered, for 10 more minutes. Do not skip this step.

  4. Remove the lid and using a fork, fluff the rice. Allow to cool slightly, serve and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Spanish Rice Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 672mg29%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 5275IU106%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.