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Cinco de Mayo Side Dishes

Spanish Rice Recipe



Why have I never made Spanish rice before? Oh, actually I know why. I’ve never been a big fan of Mexican food. Much to my husband’s dismay, we hardly ever eat at Mexican restaurants. But in the past few years I’ve come to not only stand it more, but actually enjoy some Mexican-style fare. This Spanish rice recipe is now on our list of favorites. We love serving it with our favorite Chicken Fajitas, but it also goes great as a side dish for many other main dishes.


What I love about this Spanish rice recipe is that I can prepare it and then throw it in the rice cooker. Bless that rice cooker. We could not survive without it!

Spanish Rice

The perfect side dish for any Mexican-style meal. Throw in a rice cooker to make it extra easy!


  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice (brown works, too!)
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth


  1. Heat oil and add rice. Cook, stirring constantly until puffed and golden.
  2. Sprinkle with salt and cumin. Stir in onions and cook until tender.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes, or put in a rice cooker and cook until done.



Melissa loves simply celebrating life through holidays, travel, photography, and the simple moments at home. Her best friend Brandon and her are raising their 4 adorable little ones just north of Salt Lake City, UT. Sunshine, gelato, a good run, planning a trip, and an organized house make her really happy. She loves sharing simple ideas to inspire everyone to celebrate life. Simply.

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