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Spanish Rice Recipe

Sweet onion and green bell pepper compliment the tomatoes and spices in this tasty Mexican rice dish. Great side with all your favorite south-of-the-border dishes!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Mexican, side dish, wild rice
Servings: 10
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Tricia


  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper seeds and ribs removed, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes cut up or smashed (do not drain)
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or other hot sauce (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves chopped


  • Rinse the rice in clean water to remove some of the starch. Drain.
  • Cook bacon until crisp in a large skillet and drain on paper towels. Crumble and set aside. Drain the bacon fat from the pan reserving 2 tablespoons. Wipe out the pan with paper towels. Add the reserved drippings back to the skillet and warm on medium heat. 
  • Add the onion and peppers and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes and any canned juice, water, rice, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, chili powder, pepper, cumin and hot sauce if using. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until the rice is tender. Most of the liquid should be absorbed. Feel free to add more water if needed and don't let the rice get dry.  
  • Stir in the chopped parsley, and serve topped with crumbled bacon and shredded cheese is desired.  


Use a large skillet with a tight fitting lid.
Check the rice after 25 minutes. Don't let the rice dry out or cook too quickly.
Nutritional information is estimated and may vary depending on products used.


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 382mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 268IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg