Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice

Dive into Flavorful Fiesta: Spanish Rice with a Twist

Forget bland side dishes! This Spanish Rice recipe is a vibrant fiesta in every bite, bursting with bold flavors and unexpected textures. It’s the perfect companion for grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, or even enjoyed solo as a satisfying snack. The onions, tomatoes, bacon, olives, capers, pimentos, and spices combine to make your tastebuds do a salsa!

More than just a side dish, it’s an experience:

  • Bold and flavorful: This Spanish Rice is a far cry from the bland side dishes of the past. It’s packed with punchy flavors and surprising textures that will keep you returning for more.
  • Quick and easy: This recipe comes together in minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights or impromptu gatherings.
  • Versatile companion: Pair this rice with grilled chicken, fish, or tofu, or enjoy it as a satisfying snack.

So grab your ingredients, crank up the Latin tunes, and prepare to cook a batch of Spanish Rice with a twist. It’s the perfect way to add a touch of fiesta to your table!

Bonus Tip: For an extra kick, serve your Spanish Rice with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s truly a delicious and vibrant way to experience the flavors of Spain with a bit of your flair.


Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice
A vintage handwritten recipe card for Spanish Rice made with onions, tomato, bacon, butter, rice, olives, salt, garlic salt, boiling water, paprika, capers, and pimentos.
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  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 tomato
  • 3 strips of bacon
  • Butter
  • 2 packages Minute Rice
  • 20 stuffed olives
  • Salt
  • Garlic salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Dash of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 can pimento


  • Cut bacon in small {} strips.
  • Slice onions very thin, then dice small.
  • Put bacon in a frying pan with butter, add onions and tomatoes cut very small.
  • Add salts after sauteing the above.
  • Add water and paprika, rice, a little at a time.
  • Add boiling water in center until it comes up on both sides of the pan.
  • Add capers, a little over a teaspoonful at a time, about 20 stuffed olives, 1 at a time.
  • Cover, let simmer at low heat add can of whole pimentos, spread over the top; add the juice.
  • Let simmer until ready to serve.
  • Serves 8 generously.

Kitchen Helper 2

medium saucepan
Serving platter
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword Rice

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