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Authentic Spanish Rice may be traditional but it's also simple with just a handful of ingredients including long-grain white rice, water, chicken broth, tomato sauce and Rotel canned tomatoes. With a lot of stirring and a little patience, you too will master this easy side dish. 
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Authentic Spanish Rice

Authentic Spanish Rice may be traditional but it's also simple with just a handful of ingredients including long-grain white rice, water, chicken broth, tomato sauce and Rotel canned tomatoes. With a lot of stirring and a little patience, you too will master this easy side dish. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: authentic mexican rice recipe, authentic spanish rice, old fashioned spanish rice, simple spanish rice recipe, spanish rice, spanish rice with rotel, traditional spanish rice
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 167kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons lard or butter
  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken (or vegetable broth)
  • 8 ounces canned tomato sauce
  • 10 ounces Rotel (canned tomatoes with chiles), drained

Instructions

  • Melt lard in a large skillet; add rice and cook, stirring constantly until lightly browned. Do not burn.
    Authentic Spanish Rice may be traditional but it's also simple with just a handful of ingredients including long-grain white rice, water, chicken broth, tomato sauce and Rotel canned tomatoes. With a lot of stirring and a little patience, you too will master this easy side dish. 
  • Once browned, add water and bring to a boil.
    Authentic Spanish Rice may be traditional but it's also simple with just a handful of ingredients including long-grain white rice, water, chicken broth, tomato sauce and Rotel canned tomatoes. With a lot of stirring and a little patience, you too will master this easy side dish. 
  • Once the water has mostly absorbed, add broth and cover over low heat.
    Authentic Spanish Rice may be traditional but it's also simple with just a handful of ingredients including long-grain white rice, water, chicken broth, tomato sauce and Rotel canned tomatoes. With a lot of stirring and a little patience, you too will master this easy side dish. 
  • Let simmer and cook for approximately 20 minutes. Stir often so that a crust doesn't form. If it does, do not scrape it.
  • Once the rice is fluffy, add drained Rotel (keep the juice) and tomato sauce. Stir.
    Authentic Spanish Rice may be traditional but it's also simple with just a handful of ingredients including long-grain white rice, water, chicken broth, tomato sauce and Rotel canned tomatoes. With a lot of stirring and a little patience, you too will master this easy side dish. 
  • If the rice isn't perfectly fluffy, add the reserved Rotel liquids, turn off heat and cover until the rice steams to perfection.
    Authentic Spanish Rice may be traditional but it's also simple with just a handful of ingredients including long-grain white rice, water, chicken broth, tomato sauce and Rotel canned tomatoes. With a lot of stirring and a little patience, you too will master this easy side dish. 

Notes

  • Substitute butter or shortening for lard if desired.
  • Do not leave your rice alone while browning.  Stir it constantly until it becomes lightly golden brown.  The last thing you want to do is burn your authentic Mexican rice recipe.
  • Use a wooden spoon to stir your simple Spanish rice.
  • This is a Spanish rice with Rotel recipe. Rotel is diced canned tomatoes with green chilies.
  • Drain the liquid from the Rotel, but save it for the end of the recipe. If the rice isn't quite perfectly fluffy after 20 minutes of simmering covered, then add the Rotel liquid, cover and turn the heat off until it finishes cooking.
  • Once the rice is covered and simmering, be sure to stir often to prevent a crust from forming at the bottom of the pan.  If a crust does form, do not fret---don't scrape the bottom of the pan because it will get dark hard pieces in the rice.
  • If you like spicy Spanish rice with Rotel, buy the Hot version instead of original. You could also add some red chili flakes for some extra heat.
  • This is perfect served along side Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa. 

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 201IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg