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Spanish rice isn't really Spanish. Most likely the name has developed from the fact that the Spanish language is spoken in Mexico - because this is actually a Mexican rice dish.
The Mexican/Spanish rice we know in the US seems to be based on a classic Mexican dish called sopa seca. Sopa means soup in Spanish, and seca means dry - so this is a "dry soup". Sopa seca is made from rice, vermicelli or tortilla strips that are combined with tomatoes, onions, garlic and is simmered in a broth until the liquid is absorbed.
The Spanish rice we're most familiar with here usually contains white rice, chicken broth, diced tomatoes or tomato sauce, chopped peppers, onions, and garlic. Of course, there are tons of variations including everything from brown rice to cheese to ground beef. You even have cooking method options including the traditional way of cooking it on the stovetop, oven baked, or in the crockpot. The dish, assuming you don't want to remain true to its origins, is very flexible and ingredients and spices can be tailored to suit your family's tastes. Spanish rice goes well as a side dish with other Mexican favorites like enchiladas or burritos.
Spanish Rice For A Crowd Made with rice, dehydrated onions, green bell pepper, vegetable oil, bacon bits, diced tomatoes, sugar, salt, black pepper, chili powder oven, stovetop
5 reviews 1 comment
Quicker Spanish Rice
photo: JohnCFII Made with margarine, salsa, water, instant rice stovetop Cheesy Mexican Rice
photo: CDKitchen Made with chicken broth, salsa, instant white rice, American or Velveeta cheese stovetop Baked Spanish Rice Made with ground meat, herbs, rice, water or stock, tomatoes, garlic, onion, green or red bell pepper, spice, hot pepper stovetop
2 reviews 1 comment
Baked Mexican Rice Made with water, tomatoes, vegetable oil, onion, green bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, kosher salt, white rice oven, stovetop
Mexican Restaurant Rice Made with fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, salt, white rice, white onion, canola oil, garlic, chicken broth, tomato paste, green chiles oven, stovetop Quick Spanish Rice Made with cayenne pepper, black pepper, onion, garlic, green bell pepper, olive oil, rice, tomato sauce, salt, paprika stovetop
4 reviews 1 comment
Classic Mexican Rice Made with monterey jack cheese, long grain rice, oil, onion, garlic, salt, chili powder, tomato sauce, water or canned chicken broth stovetop, microwave
11 reviews 1 comment
Vegetarian Spanish Rice Made with olive oil, tequila, salt, long grain brown rice, tomato, onion, chili powder, jalapeno or habanero pepper, vegetable broth stovetop Mexican Rice Made with chicken broth, tomato sauce, vegetable oil, long-grain rice, garlic salt, cumin, onion stovetop
Spanish Rice with Bacon
Made with salt, chili powder, jalapeno peppers, bacon, canola or vegetable oil, onion, long grain rice, water, tomatoes, green bell pepper stovetop