Mom’s Famous Spanish Rice


My mom makes this wonderful spanish rice recipe. It’s just something I associate with her and being home, and it’s comforting. The first couple of times I made it didn’t taste like my mom’s, but I think it’s because I’ll always like how my mom makes it best!
But I’ve mastered the recipe now to make it taste like it came straight from my mom’s kitchen.

1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 tbsp butter
1/2 pound beef (or ground turkey)
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 cup minute rice (regular rice will not work because it takes too long to cook)
Additional vegetables are optional

Saute the onions in butter in a large skillet until lightly browned. Add the beef and brown. Add the brown sugar, dry mustard, chili powder, and tomato sauce (and additional vegetables if you choose) to the meat. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, this only takes a few minutes. Next, stir in the minute rice with everything else in the pan and reduce the heat. Cover the pan and simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

My mom always served this dish with peas and potato chips, so I do too!

This dish is by no means spicy, don’t let the word “spanish” in the title fool you. But I am sure you could easily kick it up a notch with some additional spices.


I learned that rice and ground beef are not the most photogenic foods, but trust me, this recipe is a family favorite.

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  1. Sounds yummy! But your right nothing ever tastes exactly like moms!

  2. Hi Beth I hear you…I’ve made entire posts about rice and when the pics turn out ‘Blah” i had to write and cook something else!..I’m sure yours tastes delicious. In my country we make a similar rice called Arroz con Pollo, I don’t make it because I’m sure it won;t taste like my mom’s…I rather wait and eat it when I go visit or hopefully when she comes here this spring! Have a beautiful weekend. Lizy

  3. Stopping by from Foodie Friday. This looks delicious. Stop by and link up at my page too.

  4. Looks really good. The chips look strangely appealing!

  5. What a delicious combination! I’m intrigued and pinning too :) Thanks so much for sharing at Super Saturday Show & Tell today… I’m so glad you came to party with me!! Please come back again next week :) xoxo~ Ruthie

  6. My husband loves Spanish Rice with any Mexican dish we make (even tacos). I may just give this one a try. Thanks for sharing it. I’m visiting today from Raising Imperfection. :)

  7. Dropping by to thank you for linking up with us at Foodie Friends Friday.
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  8. Yum, this looks really yummy. In fact it looks way better than the dinner I am about to eat. Ha!

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.

  9. This looks so delicious. Great blog!

  10. Looks yummy and much better than MY mother’s Spanish Rice. But that’s a good thing because Spanish Rice with ketchup — not a family favorite! LOL Looking forward to trying this. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday.

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  12. Ha ha, some of the best tasting foods are the worst to photograph! This looks yummy, I love a good rice dish! I’ll have to try it

  13. I made this tonight to go with my salsa chicken. It is wonderful! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. I am featuring you and your Spanish rice today on my blog because I’m so excited at how yummy it is, plus it’s super simple! Hope that’s okay!

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