Vegetable Spanish Rice

Vegetable Spanish Rice

Yield: 2 quarts

Spanish rice is often plain rice with a bit of spice and flavor, and maybe a few pieces of onion in it. But have you ever tried making it with as many vegetables as rice? Oh, and the flavor….. it's amazing! Then, if you make a batch of Melty Cheese and drizzle that on top…. it's just over the top scrumptious! (LOL! Sorry, you'll just have to humor me on that one.) So without further word from me, here's the recipe. (And hey, if you want a spice kick, add a hint of cayenne pepper to it before you cook it. Ok, I'll be quiet now!)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword spanish rice
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 cups
Calories 510 kcal


  • 4 cups brown rice cooked; leftover rice works great!
  • 1 large bell pepper chopped~any color, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 can black olives sliced
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 16 oz fire roasted diced tomatoes OR plain diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp Country Style Seasoning see recipe under Miscellaneous section
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste optional, for deeper color and texture


  1. POUR the rice and sliced olives into a mixing bowl.
  2. CHOP the vegetables and place in skillet or kettle.

  3. ADD the tomatoes and a couple tablespoons of water.

  4. COOK on medium heat, until onions begin to turn clear.

  5. ADD the seasonings and SIMMER for a couple minutes, until vegetables are soft.

  6. POUR into mixing bowl with the rice and mix together well.
  7. POUR into sprayed 2-quart casserole dish.

  8. BAKE at 350F for 30 minutes.

  9. SERVE immediately.
  10. Tastes great by itself OR with Melty Cheese dribbled on top.

  11. For an extra kick, try adding a dash of cayenne.

Recipe Notes

If you are going to make this recipe ahead of time, do not bake until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts
Vegetable Spanish Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 510 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 821mg36%
Potassium 533mg15%
Carbohydrates 101g34%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1313IU26%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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