Quick and Easy Spanish Rice Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Quick and Easy Spanish Rice Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Quick and Easy Spanish Rice

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"This recipe is a simple Spanish rice that is quick and easy and tastes delicious. The vegetable juice and the taco seasoning add more flavor to this dish."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Cook and stir onion, garlic, and vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat until onions are softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir rice into onion mixture and cook, stirring often, until rice becomes slightly opaque, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Stir chicken broth, vegetable juice, and taco seasoning into rice mixture and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until rice has absorbed most of the liquid, about 5 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 04, 2012

Well, I almost always cook from scratch, but let me tell you, this was terrific! Could not be easier, with a nice balance of flavors. Kids will like it because of taco seasoning influence. I think there's an error in the recipe, though. "Instant" rice should not take 20 minutes to cook as the recipe calls for; about 7 minutes is right. I think you could make this with regular rice and follow the recipe that calls for 20 minutes of cooking.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 25, 2014

I bought a generic store brand of V8. I think it was too bland compared to what I remember for V8 and maybe that's why this recipe turned out too bland. Thankfully, I tasted it ahead of time and "doctored" it up with spices. It was also a bit dry so I aded some enchiladas sauce to it as well and people enjoyed it. I served it with Angela's Chicken Enchiladas recipe (loved it) and Christmas Eve dinner was a success all in all.

Apr 04, 2012

I chose this recipe to add a photo to faceless recipes for the Allrecipes Allstars group. If looking for rice like one would get at a Mexican restaurant, this is pretty close. My only problem was it was a tad dry. I ended up adding about tsp. of vegetable oil at the end which helped. I didn't have V8, so I found a subtitute to do 1/2 tomato sauce and 1/2 water and it tasted very similar. I made broth from broth paste, so I could control the sodium. I made 1/2 recipe and it made about 4 servings. At the end I added some frozen defrosted peas and carrots for color and texture. ty

Mar 21, 2012

This recipe was great! despite the urge that i had to add beans, (because there is room for experimenting with other ingredients) I did not. I basically stuck to the recipe, with the exception of the cayenne, chili powder and splash of hot sauce that I added for extra spice. It was very quick, and really delicious, i will be making this again.

Oct 22, 2012

I didn't have V8 so I used salsa, and added a can of green chilies. It turned out awesome!

Oct 07, 2012

This was really easy and had a great flavor. I used 1/2 cup Rotel tomatoes instead of the V8 juice just for a little kick!! Thanks for sharing!!

Sep 28, 2012

I made this recipe tonight and my husband loved it! He has tried many times to fix spanish rice but it always came out bland. The only things I changed was: I diced up about a 1/4 cup of onion, 1/4 cup red bell, regular rice, and tomato sauce. All in all...DELISH!

Aug 13, 2012

was delicious! I used brown rice though and added some green chili for some extra spice! flavor is great!


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  • Calories
  • 241 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42.8 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 4.5 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 529 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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