Easy Baked Spanish Rice

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When I was a newlywed with limited culinary experience a friend passed along this easy recipe for Spanish Rice and it has remained a family favorite.  The first time I made it I was so proud of myself for producing something that tasted exactly like I wished it would taste, exactly like someone else would make, yet it came from my kitchen.


While  the recipe is easy, there are a few steps involved.  For you new cooks, be brave.  It’s worth the effort.  If you can read, you can do this; trust me.

This is what you’ll get for your leap of faith:

Easy Spainish Rice

Easy Baked Spanish Rice


  • 4 bacon slices
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/3 cup long grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels and crumble. Set aside.
  3. Save 2 1/2 tbsp of drippings.
  4. Grease 1 1/2 quart casserole dish with 1/2 tbsp of bacon drippings.
  5. Pour remaining 2 tbsp in the bottom of casserole.
  6. In hot drippings, saute onion and peppers until tender (5 minutes).
  7. Drain the canned diced tomato liquid into a measuring cup and add enough water to make 1 3/4 cup.
  8. Add drained diced tomatoes to onion mixture, along with the 1 3/4 cup liquid, tomato sauce, sugar and salt.
  9. Heat to boiling.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in rice.
  11. Cover and bake 35 minutes. If not quite done after cook time, add 5-10 minutes, being careful not to burn.
  12. Once cooked, fluff with fork and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  13. Bake 5 more minutes.
  14. Garnish with bacon.


You can use sweet red peppers in place of the green.

Don't omit the sugar. It cuts the tomato acidity and gives the dish a smooth taste.

Using the bacon drippings to grease casserole dish with and saute veggies in gives the dish an amazing complexity.

To test if the dish is done at 35 minutes, take off the lid and use a fork to grab a small bite of rice. If the rice had any stiffness left, or crunch, cook a bit more, checking every 5 minutes with this method.


If you love Tex-Mex, you’ll love this Spanish rice. If you want to bring an impressive dish to a pot luck, this is the ticket.  If you need to bribe your MIL to watch the babies, make this as your offering.  If you need comfort food/a WOW project/a new blog entry…this.  Do this.

Get to it, mah babies.


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  1. That looks so good! And you’re sure…even *I* can make it? 😉

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      I stand by my “if you can read, you can make this” assertion! Maybe we should collaborate on a cooking youtube class for scardy cats 😉

  2. That sounds so good!! Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Yum! This looks like a delicious comfort food. What do you usually pair it with? Tacos? Or is it a meal on its own? I am adding this to my menu planning this week! Thanks for sharing!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      We usually have tamales and beans with it, but tacos sound good too! Or, um, right out of the pan. If you’re a barbarian like me…

  4. This is definitely up my alley. I will be trying this – we love to have Mexican food (can you tell with my recipes lately? LOL) but I never make rice to go along with it! Can’t wait to try this! Pinning and stumbling!

  5. Looks yummy! I think I’ll make this as a lunch dish for myself to have during the week.

  6. Bacon makes everything better, doesn’t it? This looks fabulous!

  7. That looks so good! Both my daughters are collecting recipes…now that they have boyfriends, I am going to share this with them and pin it to my gluten free board. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh my, this looks delicious! I love Spanish rice, but I’ve never had it with bacon. Of course, bacon makes everything better, so I can’t wait to try this!

  9. This looks delicious and so easy to make! I’ll have to try next time I host friends!

    xx Kait

  10. Oh yum!! My picky-eater-of-a-Husband would totally love this!

  11. I have a meal planned this week that I may be able to make this dish with. Pinned. Visiting from Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. Would love if you came and linked up at The Yuck Stops Here! recipe link up too.

  12. I am pinning I wish I could make this for lunch!

  13. One more YUMMY recipe for our link up The Yuck Stops Here! Thanks so much! HUGS

  14. G’day! Looks and sounds delicious!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Lamberts Lately Create It Thursday #48 Party

  15. This looks delicious!

  16. Hey there! I found you on The Chicken Chick’s blog hop. I am hosting Mostly Homemade Mondays, and want to invite you over to link up! I think you would fit in with us perfectly 🙂 Join us: thesustainablecouple.com/2014/04/mostly-homemade-mondays-week

  17. Thank you for sharing at the Anything Goes Bacon Time weekly linky. You are incredible. This rice looks amazing.

  18. What a great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinning! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  19. So I’ve been asleep since March! I’ll not pass up another of your posts! I’ve pinned all the recipes you posted today! Thanks from a loyal, though apparently sleepy, follower! Dona


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