Spanish Rice is an easy and delicious side dish that goes well with any Mexican or Mexican-inspired meal. 

Spanish Rice with two lime wedges in it in a dark bowl.

Where is Spanish Rice from?

Spanish Rice is a bit of a misnomer because the dish does not originate from Spain. It’s actually a Mexican side dish of white rice cooked in a flavorful tomato based sauce.

What is the difference between Spanish Rice and Mexican Rice?

Nothing! Spanish Rice and Mexican Rice are just different terms for the same dish. Depending on where you grow up, or what location you are in, it will be called something different, but they both refer to the exact same thing.

Can I make Spanish Rice with brown rice?

Yes, you can, but the cooking time will change significantly. Brown rice will need to simmer for at least 50 minutes in order to absorb all of the cooking liquid.

Bird's eye view of Spanish Rice with two lime wedges in it in a dark bowl.

PRO TIP: Be sure to use a long grain white rice in this recipe to ensure the proper rice to liquid ratio. Quick rices and instant rice require a different ratio of liquid, as well as shorter cooking times and will turn into a soupy, mushy mess in this recipe.

What does Spanish Rice go well with?