Simple Spanish Rice

May 7, 2010

This is the basic recipe I go by to make my everyday Spanish rice. It’s so easy I can make it with my eyes closed and it’s always a big hit.


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 tbsp. tomato sauce (or tomato paste)
  • 1-2 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • handful of cilantro
  • 1/3 Roma tomato
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)


Heat the oil at medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the rice and saute until the rice turns a milky white. Puree the fresh tomato, onion and garlic and add into the pan. Saute until all the liquids have absorbed. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce (or paste) and salt, gently stir until boiling. Add cilantro on top for garnish and cover. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

*Feel free to experiment with veggies in the mix.