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Speedy Spanish Rice

I have a few rice sides I turn to when I am making Mexican dishes and this is one of them.  This rice dish is simple, fast and good. It doesn’t really matter what color pepper you use. Sometimes I like to add a little jalapeno for spice.

Stove Top

If you have zero ingredients then this recipe will cost about $14.96 as of August 2022.

  • If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $7.18. 

I do not include salt and pepper in the cost of this recipe. 

Recipe serves: 4

Equipment needed: 1 deep fry pan with a lid

Total time: 15 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I do not include salt and pepper because I assume it is already in your pantry. If you have a fully stocked pantry you will save about $7.78.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $7.78 as of August 2022

  • 1 pound unsalted butter $3.58
  • ground cumin $1.28
  • chicken bouillon $2.52


Total: $7.18 as of August 2022

  • 1 box instant brown rice 14 oz. $2.60
  • 1 onion $0.40
  • 1 green pepper $0.78
  • 1 garlic bulb $0.54
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro $0.88
  • 1 picante sauce 24 oz $1.98

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. In a large nonstick skillet melt butter on medium low heat and sauté the rice, onion and green pepper until the vegetables are crisp tender 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the water, cilantro, cumin, bouillon and pepper then bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in picante sauce.

This recipe can also be found in Menu 2 – Family of 4

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