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Here are the top best Vegan spanish rice voted by users and compiled by us, invite you to learn together

a simple trick makes this a flavorful side with just five ingredients. this quick and easy vegan recipe tastes just like the classic Spanish Rice you remember!

recipe originally published January 9, 2011

serving bowl of Spanish Rice with lime wedges and wooden spoon, garnished with cilantro

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. Easy Rice Dish
    2. What is Spanish Rice?
    3. How To Make
    4. Recipes Using Simple Spanish Rice
    5. How To Serve
    6. Ingredient Variations
    7. Can You Freeze Cooked Rice?
    8. Simple Spanish Rice Recipe

Easy Rice Dish

Straightforward recipes using just a handful of ingredients are lifesavers in the kitchen.

This simple vegan Spanish Rice recipe is one of those – super flavorful and easy to make because of one shortcut ingredient we’ve been using for years. This easy rice dish is a great addition to all kinds of meals In our kitchen, it has been a star ingredient for burritos, tacos, and enchiladas, or as a base for bowls!

Spanish Rice in a bowl

What is Spanish Rice?

Rice was a favorite when I was a kid, and I always craved my mom’s Spanish rice.

Spanish rice is similar to Mexican rice or red rice (Arroz Rojo). One difference between the two is that the Spanish recipe often includes saffron, while the Mexican recipe will likely use cumin.

How To Make Easy Spanish Rice

With just 5 ingredients, you can easily make this Simple Spanish Rice recipe. Using long-grain white rice, yellow onion, green bell pepper or poblano, and a pinch of salt, you’ll have this goodness on your table in no time.

The shortcut ingredient that adds a punch of flavor and makes this such an easy recipe? Tomato juice.

The simple trick is to replace the water with tomato juice to cook the rice. While the rice cooks, I simply sauté an onion and pepper, and…

that is literally it. So quick, so easy, so few ingredients.

Fresh flavor tip: add a fresh squeeze of lime just before serving.

How To Make Spanish Rice: chopping and sautéing onion, poblano pepper, garlic

Recipe Variations / Sub Ingredients

There aren’t many variations or substitutes with this recipe – the great thing is its simplicity!

  • Tomato Juice: In place of tomato juice, you can sub vegetable juice – like the V8 juice in those small cans.
  • Bell Pepper: Another substitution I often make is a poblano instead of green bell pepper. The poblano adds so much flavor. It is very mild, but has an earthy taste to it, which is a great addition to a Spanish Rice dish.

How To Make Red Rice: cook dry rice with tomato juice, add sautéed onion and pepper

Recipes using this Spanish rice

We often fill our enchiladas and burritos with rice. We sometimes use cauliflower rice. When I want an extra layer of flavor in a dish, I use this vegan Spanish Rice recipe!

Some favorites:

  • Cheesy Hatch Chile Enchiladas: the ultimate comfort food and and easy meal planning dish, this is among our most popular potluck and food train recipes! often requested.
  • Vegan Quesarito: this crispy cheesy tube of tasty is our homemade vegan version of the drive thru classic. plan to make some the next time you make Spanish rice!
  • Freakin’ Big Burrito: this burrito is already super delicious with a bunch of great fillings, and using Spanish rice over regular adds another layer of flavor!

Red Rice cooking in a saucepan on the stove

Recipes to serve with this red rice

You’ll find this quick and easy recipe is such a hit with your family, you’ll make it whenever you can! Serve with your favorite protein, or even with a salad. When Taco Tuesday rolls around, you’ll also have a delicious recipe on hand.

Here are some meal ideas for serving red rice:

  • Mango Habanero Guacamole: another must have side dish! a perfect blend of spicy and sweet, everyone loves this one. hint: make a double batch.
  • Fire Roasted Poblano Chilaquiles: a delicious skillet breakfast or dinner for holidays or any time of year. generously sauced chips are the star of this dish.
  • Southwest Black Bean Burgers: this is a quick and easy recipe for a burger that does not fall apart! great meal prep idea that everyone loves!
  • Enchilada Dip: a super popular recipe, with good reason – everyone loves it! easy to make, this unique dip is a bowl of straight up comfort food! serve as a sauce for vegan tamales.
  • Jalapeño Margarita: everyone’s favorite summertime cocktail gets a spicy kick! margaritas are essential to a summertime gathering, yes? yes.

Can you freeze cooked rice?

If you made too much Spanish rice – on purpose, right? – you can freeze it.

Once the rice has cooled, transfer up to 3-4 cups into a large freezer bag. Press it flat and remove as much air as possible before sealing. Don’t forget to add a date, and consume the Spanish Rice within 3 months.

overhead view of serving bowl of Spanish Rice garnished with cilantro and lime wedges

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