Spanish Brown Rice

Spanish Brown Rice is so easy to make and full of amazing flavor. If you are looking for a simple and delicious side dish recipe, this is definitely one you need to try. It's full of flavor and comes together in a matter of minutes.

We have a serious obsession with all things Mexican cuisine at our house.

Our eyes were opened when we saw how many calories we were consuming just in our side dishes. I decided to throw together a lighter version of one of our favorite sides, and it turned out great.

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Now on to the recipe. This can easily be doubled if you are feeding a larger crowd, or made with white rice.

It only takes a few minutes to throw together, and has the most amazing flavor. You are going to love how simple and delicious this Spanish Brown Rice recipe, is.

what could i serve this recipe with?

This recipe pairs perfectly with just about any Mexican cuisine. A few of my favorites to serve it with include:

-beans (black or refried)

You can really serve it with any of your favorite Mexican dishes. You could add it in your recipes, and have it be in your burritos or enchiladas, or serve it as a side.

We have used both, and they are both delicious.

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looking for more side dishes? here are a few of our favorite:

Mexican Corn Salad
Street Corn Pasta Salad
Broccoli Apple Salad
Mom’s Frog Eye Salad
Easy Southwest Salad

Serves: 4

Spanish Brown Rice

20 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

32 minTotal Time

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  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 onion (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with chilies
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups brown rice (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Saute onion and garlic in oil until onions cook through.
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir to combine flavors.
  4. Gently stir in rice until coated in mixture.
  5. Mix in chicken broth and cover skillet.
  6. Reduce heat to low and let cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Uncover and stir one more time before serving. Liquid should all be absorbed.



2489 cal


29 g


408 g


82 g
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