Simple Spanish rice is the perfect side dish for tacos, enchiladas and really anything zesty. Such an easy rice side dish recipe.
I grew up eating this side dish often. Now we eat it about once a week or whenever I make Mexican type dishes. The hubby and kids love it.
Simple Spanish Rice1 1/2 c. uncooked white rice
2 Tbl. oil
2 Tbl. minced onion (more if you prefer but I don't)
2 1/2 c. water
1/2 c. tomato sauce
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt (You can add more but we try to keep sodium down.)
2 dashes chili powder (optional but adds an extra kick)
Brown your rice and onion in oil until rice is lightly brown. Add liquids and spices. Stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, place lid on and turn down to simmer for 15 mins. Set a timer and don't take lid off. After the 15 mins. turn off flame and let rice sit with lid on it for another 5 mins. Fluff and serve.
You can use leftover Spanish rice to make delicious zesty Mexican Meatball soup