Simply Healthy Family: Authentic Spanish Rice Recipe


Authentic Spanish Rice Recipe

I'm sort of kicking myself right now for not posting this recipe sooner. I've lived in the Southwest for most of my life (I'm not going to disclose exactly how long that is at this time thank you very much) and have never shared my recipe for Spanish rice or quite simply, Arroz. After all, the Spanish don't call it Spanish rice. Nor are Mexicans from Spain for that matter...... 

I've decided to take back control of my style. Whatever that may be. I've been blogging for several years now and still feeling like an amateur most of the time. I know that I know how to cook. And I know that I know that I'm pretty amazing in many ways but what I didn't know was how much I lack in knowledge about the in's and out's of pretty much all things blogging.

It's a humbling hobby/profession indeed. I've learned A LOT over the last several years and for the most part it's been a lot of fun and I enjoy doing it. Every time I let myself get a wee bit discouraged, somebody out of the blue in real life or via the Internet gives me the kindest compliment or words of encouragement. Blogger friends are the best; Cynthia, Renee, Carolyn, Valerie and so many more.

True enough, I've found my niche, a way to fit in, express myself and although it took years, a place to be me without regrets. Ironically, in the process of trying to fit and be one of the "cool kids" I thought I had to change my style in order to be accepted. Food Photo Sharing sites, we all know them, have been in the past and may still be a great way to get your brand known. However, I have found myself changing the way I style my food, take my pictures, edit them and even what I decide to make for dinner. Healthy foods don't seem to do as well as cupcakes and macaroons for some reason.

So. What you will find here at Simply Healthy Family are plenty of simple, healthy meals, mostly dinners since that's my favorite meal of the day but also breakfasts and pack and go lunches that are hopefully a refreshing change from the norm. Grab and Go snacks are also important when you are a busy person such as myself so you will find plenty of those here as well like these Carrot-Date Energy BallsOld Fashioned Fig BarsBanana Chocolate Crisp Granola Bars and Peanut Butter Crispies. All of which are great afternoon pick me ups or post workout snacks.

I'll either use El Pato along w chopped onion, garlic & cumin or throw in 
a jar of my favorite chunky salsa. 

And of course, foods from the South West where I have spent the majority of my life soaking in the spices, flavors, traditions and fun of Hispanic foods and people. Which by the way, when cooking Spanish Rice or Red Rice, short grain rice is usually preferred. Short grain rice is plump, almost round shaped and cooks into softer grains that cling together. Perfect for 'sticky rice' which is easier to scoop up into a warmed, home made tortilla. 

Did you know that Rice + Beans = A Complete Protein? My favorite lunch is Spanish rice and black beans w a few cruciferous veggies and a piece of fruit for dessert. 

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TIME       30 MINUTES            SERVES        6


1 1/2 cups short grain rice 

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (don't use olive oil, it's not a high heat oil!)

1 1/4 cups chicken broth

1 1/4 cups of your favorite salsa

1 cup of frozen mixed petite vegetables

Garnish with any of the following

Chopped avocado

chopped cilantro

chopped green onion

green olives

In a medium size sauce pot over medium-high heat add oil. Let it get hot for a couple of minutes then add the rice. Stir occasionally for 4-6 minutes until the rice is a deep golden brown and fragrant, don't let it burn! (obviously)

Add broth and salsa and stir to combine. Bring to a boil then lower heat and cover with a tight fitting lid. Let the rice simmer for 16-18 minutes until most of the broth has been absorbed. Stir in the frozen vegetables and cook another 2-3 minutes.

Serve hot with garnishes. This pairs exceptionally well with my red chile shredded chicken tacos and cumin black beans.



  1. I love all fried rices but this one looks very good. I will try this variation soon!

  2. Mexican rice is my fav! Love this!

  3. I love that I can use my favorite salsa in this dish. I have a really hard time with other recipes since bell peppers tend to give me heartburn! We always have short grain rice at our house so this is a great recipe for us! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on finding your voice. :)

  4. Saving this to make soon - we love Spanish rice!

  5. I think these are gorgeous pictures of rice that looks absolutely amazing!

  6. This is my kind of recipe! It IS a bummer that desserts get all the love for us healthy peeps. ;-) Stick to what you know! It's not fun if you're not authentic!

  7. I have to try this soon! It looks very flavourful.

  8. I have never made Spanish rice and this has inspired me to do so. What a yummy dish! Pinned, too.

  9. This looks amazing. I don't think I've ever had it with olives, which I LOVE, so I can't wait to make this!

  10. What a perfect side for Cinco de Mayo, though I'd be happy to eat your Spanish rice any time of the year!!

  11. this could be a meal in itself. MMMMM soo good!

  12. This sounds wonderful! I just posted a quick quinoa recipe that reminds me of this, but I went the Asian route. LOVE the Spanish flare. Can't wait to try it!

  13. Gwen,
    First of all many thanks for suggesting a Makeover for my (and other bloggers) Pinterest board cover photos. I had a wonderful time changing out the mashed potatoes for a fresh potato salad on my potatoes board, among other things. So much easier than stripping wallpaper in the half bath which is the house makeover chore I'm avoiding, or changing the code to asynchronously load my ads which is the blog makeover I'm avoiding (I think the wallpaper will be easier).
    Second, congrats on finding your voice and style! Staying true to yourself will always set well with you in the end!
    Third, this rice looks delicious--especially with the green olives on top. I'm a recent fan of olives, thanks to my spouse, and now they catch my eye everywhere.


  14. Lovely post! I did not know that about rice and beans! I'm definitely making this =)

  15. Yum, I love that you used frozen veggies for this - what a time saver! I would love to make this (just no olives - not my thing). Using salsa makes this so easy! Love that!

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  17. I've loved your blog, pictures and cooking for years now. I love that you write candid and honest posts. I'm lucky to have found your recipes - as I'm looking for delicious and healthy options. I'm also lucky that we are lucky enough that you share! Love rice and beans. I want to give this a try!

  18. My wife and I love the look of this Spanish rice! We love experimenting with rice fragrances so this is definitely on the must try list. Also love Turkish and Hainanese chicken rice sans the chicken! Awesome recipe you have! Any particular rice grain you recommend?

  19. I'm having a hard time reading your recipe and I am using firefox. The social media network sidebar is in the way. This spanish rice recipe looks delicious!

  20. This looks really delicious, can't wait to try it!

  21. Spanish rice is one of my most absolute favorite comfort foods! This looks amazingly good.

  22. Great recipe and so simple! I once tried Spanish rice out of a box and have been wondering how I could make a healthier version myself.. Thanks for sharing!

  23. I think you are doing just fine in the food styling department. The pictures are beautiful and I would love to make this Arroz.

    Also, my recipes are predominantly savory, and if it helps, those are the ones I'm drawn to as well.

  24. This looks delicious. Such a great way to get your veggies in there too. Makes for a very colorful dish. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Spanish rice is so good! I've been blogging for awhile now and always find that i can never catch up with the 8ball wherever that may be. I blog so that one day my kids will be able to read it and remember. That keeps me from getting caught up in the "business" of blogging which I think is one of the hardest things out there!


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