Basic Spanish Rice recipe in the Rice Cooker (frugal, easy)


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Rice is an inexpensive ingredient that can really stretch the number of servings you can get from a batch of tacos, burritos or fajitas. And making spanish rice in your rice cooker could not get any easier! I love that it doesn’t have a lot of sodium and MSG like a many of the boxed varieties do. Once you see how easy it is and how delicious it tastes, I think you’ll have a difficult time going back to the boxed brands.

And it’s so flexible – we had this rice with a little shredded cheese and sour cream wrapped in a tortilla for lunch today!

INGREDIENTS

 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice (any long grain will work, I used Basmati)

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 can of Rotel tomatoes
You can buy this at various spice levels

2 tablespoons of melted butter

1 teaspoon cumin

Optional: You could probably throw in a 4 oz can of chili peppers. I haven’t tried this.

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Toss everything into rice cooker. Give it a good stir. Close the rice cooker lid. Press the cook button and walk away until it’s done. Usually takes about 30 minutes.

2.) Fluff rice and give it a good stir before serving

Spanish Rice recipe


I have a rice cooker very similar to this one from Amazon - Aroma ARC-150SB 20-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, Black/Silver. I also use mine to cook quinoa (find out how to cook quinoa in rice cook here).

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Comments

  1. This turned out just amazing! I don’t know if it’s the butter or the bone broth I used, but it is really good. Made two batches already to go with our Mexican pulled pork rice bowls.

  2. Heather says:

    Heather,
    Can’t wait to try this recipe tomorrow with our dinner! Quick question…where do you/have you found the best deal on Basmati rice? I tried it for the first time last week and am in love, but at $4 a small bag that isn’t the best deal I am sure of it. By the way, yes, I have been living under a rock…ha! :)

  3. I have a rice cooker and unfortunately it stinks. :) I make Mexi rice on the stove using equal parts water, picante sauce (or salsa) and rice. Mix picante and water together and bring to a boil. Add rice, stir and simmer for 15-20 mins. Easy peasy. I’m sure it work in a rice cooker as well.

  4. Deb Petty says:

    Love Spanish rice, mine also has hamburger, onions and green peppers, then shredded cheddar on top :)

  5. Thank you SO much for this recipe!! I have made it a total of four times now and I LOVE how simple it is to make! I adore Mexican food, but have always dreaded making Spanish or Mexican rice box mixes due to the baby sitting you have to do so it does not burn. I have modified your recipe and found the perfect combination for our family…thought I would share with you :)

    I use 1 1/2 tsp. Cumin, added 1/2 tsp. salt, regular white rice, and we add the can of green diced chilies as you mentioned and it is so flavorful! Everything else I do is the same as you suggest ;) Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Have you ever done this recipe using brown rice?

  7. My brother has always liked Mexican rice. I’ll have to make this for him when he comes to visit as a treat. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  8. I have never used a rice cooker, but it looks like an easy way to cook rice. Your recipe looks delicious. I love how easy it is to make and all the wonderful flavours in it.

  9. I love my Rice Cooker and this is a great recipe to try. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Sounds great – frugal on money AND time. Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

  11. Sounds great! What size can of Rotel did you use? Thanks!

  12. What size can of Rotel did you use?
    Thanks!

  13. I made this last night. I forgot to add the butter and I did add the optional can of green peppers. This was very good and so easy. Thank you!

  14. Tacy caudle says:

    Yumm. I cook the best rice in my microwave.

  15. Heather Cansler says:

    FYI, I love this recipe, but I got creative and added a cup of frozen peas and carrots. It adds a few more veggies into the mix and still tastes great.

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