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Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice

Serving Size: serves 6.

You can substitute white rice in this recipe. For me, it's a way to add some extra nutirents and fiber to a meal without my kids realizing it's "healthy", and the brown basmati rice has a milder flavor than short- or long-grain brown rice. Adding some chopped green chiles or a pinch of cayenne will make it spicier, but I think the Mexican recipe stewed tomatoes give it a great flavor.


  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup long-grain brown basmati rice
  • 1 can Mexican recipe stewed tomatoes (14.5 ounce) or diced tomatoes for a milder flavor
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat oil in a 3-quart sauce pan.
  2. Add rice, stirring until it is lightly toasted (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add the tomatoes, water, onion and cilantro, stirring to combine.
  4. Bring to a boil, then cover the pan and reduce the heat to low, simmering until the liquid is absorbed, about 20-25 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork and serve.
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