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Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice is traditionally a side dish in Mexican cuisine. 

Its simple ingredient list, full flavour and versatility, though, makes it more widely appealing. 

Spanish Rice

A search of Australia’s digitised newspapers on the Trove website shows that Spanish Rice was quite popular in Australia in the early 1900’s, especially the 30’s and 40’s.

And Nana Ling was on trend, recording this recipe in November 1942.

Preparing Spanish Rice

Keep in mind that this recipe uses only half a cup of rice and serves 2 people. Double (or triple) the quanitities if you’re cooking for more.

ingredients for spanish rice

Spanish Rice: versatile side or quick and tasty lunch

It may be known as a side dish, however we enjoyed a bowl of Spanish Rice with a few tortilla chips as a quick and easy lunch.

Nana Ling’s Spanish Rice recipe

Keep scrolling for the tested and tweaked version.

Spanish Rice Recipe
spanish rice

Spanish Rice

A versatile side dish that traditionally accompanies Mexican food (but is great with steak, chicken or even enjoyed on its own) 
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: English, Mexican, Spanish
Keyword: rice, spanishrice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 429kcal


  • 60 grams butter
  • 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 2 small-medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 large onion (or 1 small onion)
  • 1 1/2 cups stock (chicken or vegetable)


  • Melt butter in a large heavy-based saucepan.
  • Add rice and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until rice browns, stirring from time to time.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and onion and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add warmed stock and cover saucepan with lid.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally.
  • Season with salt and pepper and garnish with lemon and chives.


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 929mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2150IU | Vitamin C: 19.6mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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