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Spanish Brown Rice Recipe

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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy rice, rice, rice side dish, spanish rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 574kcal


  • Large Skillet
  • Wooden Spoon


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes with green chilis 1 can
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups brown rice cooked
  • ½ cup chicken broth


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


This recipe pairs perfectly with just about any Mexican cuisine. A few of my favorites to serve it with include:
-beans (black or refried)


Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 670mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 4mg