Authentic Spicy Spanish Rice

Spicy Spanish rice is a classic side dish that is loved by many (including me!). Adjust the spices to make this dish as hot (or not) as you want!

Spicy Spanish Rice

Spicy Spanish Rice

Course Side Dish
Servings 6
Calories 315 kcal


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ onion
  • 1 green pepper, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1 cups rice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1` tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp chipotle powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup tomato sauce


  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, green pepper and jalapeno pepper. Cook until softened slightly, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add rice and toss to coat with butter. Cook, stirring constantly, until rice is toasted, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, chipotle powder, cayenne powder and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant.
  • Stir in lemon juice, stock and tomato sauce. Cover, turn heat to high and bring to boil.
  • Turn heat to medium-low and allow to simmer until all liquid is absorbed, 18-20 minutes.
  • Fluff with fork and serve.
  • Hack: Frozen chopped onions and peppers can be used in this recipe.
  • Hack: Dehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe!
  • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze serving-sized portions for up to 3 months.
Keyword easy, rice dish, side dish, Spanish rice, spicy, vegetarian

This spicy Spanish is a healthy and low-fat addition to your menu!

Suggestion:  This rice dish would pair nicely with homemade chili beans or Cuban pulled chicken!


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