spanish fried rice | arroz mexicana (aromatic mexican rice)

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Spanish fried rice recipe with step by step photos. This easy to make delicious spanish fried rice is one of our favorite recipe. It is simple like the Portuguese tomato rice, but more flavorful and little spicy, and the method of cooking the rice is also different. A vegan recipe.

spanish fried rice, arroz mexicana

This flavorful and spicy spanish rice is also known as Arroz Mexicana. By the way, its really Mexican rice but known as spanish rice. in mexico it is served as a side dish with other Mexican dishes.

I don’t know much about Mexican food, other than tortillas, burittos, guacamole (my favorite) and the Mexican bean recipes.

Spanish rice Is made by browning the rice with onions, garlic then cooked with capsicum, chopped tomatoes/tomato puree/tomato paste plus vegetable broth. if using tomato puree, then reduce the amount of vegetable broth to 3 cups.

The recipe is good, tasty and a must-try. spanish fried rice goes well with green salad or onion tomato salad.

How to make spanish fried rice

1. Measure and keep all the ingredients ready.

spanish fried rice recipe

2. Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil in a pan.

spanish fried rice recipe

3. Add 1 medium-sized finely chopped onion.

spanish fried rice recipe

4. Fry them for a minute.

spanish fried rice recipe

5. Rinse 1 cup rice very well in water. Then add the rinsed rice to the onions.

spanish fried rice recipe

6. Stir well.

spanish fried rice recipe

7. Saute the rice with the onions till the rice becomes light brown and opaque.

spanish fried rice recipe

8. Then add 2 to 3 medium-sized chopped tomatoes, 2 to 3 chopped garlic, 1 medium-sized chopped green bell pepper (capsicum) and 1 to 2 chopped green chilies.

spanish fried rice recipe

9. Stir and mix very well.

spanish fried rice recipe

10. Continue sauteing for 2 to 3 minutes.

spanish fried rice recipe

11. Next add 2 to 2.25 cups water or vegetable stock or add as required.

spanish fried rice recipe

12. Mix well.

spanish fried rice recipe

13. Lastly add ¼ teaspoon black pepper and salt as required. Instead of black pepper powder you can add ¼ teaspoon red chili powder.

spanish fried rice recipe

Cooking spanish fried rice

14. Stir very well. Cover the pan and cook the rice on a low flame till done.

spanish fried rice recipe

15. In between, keep checking the rice after 6 to 7 minutes intervals. If required then you can add some more water.

spanish fried rice recipe

16. Cook the rice till its done.

spanish fried rice recipe

17. Serve the Spanish rice hot with a green salad or onion tomato salad.

spanish fried rice recipe
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spanish fried rice

spanish fried rice

4.5 from 2 votes
Flavorful and spicy spanish rice also known as arroz Mexicana.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine Mexican, World
Course: Main Course
Diet: Vegan
Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 to 3 medium sized tomatoes, chopped or 2 tablespoon tomato paste or 1 cup tomato puree
  • 2 to 3 garlic - chopped
  • 1 medium sized onion - finely chopped
  • 1 medium sized capsicum - chopped (green bell pepper)
  • 1 or 2 green chilis - chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder or ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 to 2.25 cups water or vegetable stock or as required
  • salt as required

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a pan.
  • Add the onions and fry them for a minute.
  • Add the rice to the onions.
  • Saute the rice with the onions till the rice becomes light brown and opaque.
  • Add the tomatoes, garlic, bell peppers and green chilies and continue sauteing for some 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the water or vegetable stock. Also add salt and black pepper powder.
  • Stir very well. Cover the pan and cook the rice on a low flame till done.
  • In between, keep checking the rice after 6 to 7 minutes intervals. If required then you can add some more water.
  • Cook the rice till its done.
  • Serve the spanish rice hot with green salad or onion tomato salad.

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4 Comments

  1. It is looking same as tomato rice,except that green bell pepper is added.
    Spanish rice is looking delicious.

    1. really?…. are they both looking same…. i thought the spanish rice was looking a little orangish 🙂