Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spanish Rice in Your Rice Cooker

We eat a lot of Mexican food in our house. My kids both love it and I love making dinners where I don't have to convince them to keep eating. Spanish Rice is a favorite in our house and so I make it often. Dinner time always seems to be the craziest time of the day at our house, so in an effort to simply the dinner routine, I started experimenting with making the Spanish Rice in my rice cooker. I absolutely love it! Throw everything in the rice cooker, stir really well and plug it in and go about fixing the rest of dinner. In 30 minutes (Or however long your rice cooker takes) you will have amazing rice that you didn't have to worry about. For a quick and stress free dinner combine this Rice Cooker Spanish Rice with El Monterey Taquitos.

Rice Cooker Spanish Rice


  • 2½ cups white long grain rice
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 tomato bouillon cubes
  • ¼ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp crushed coriander seed
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Dissolve the bouillon cubes in 5 cups water. Combine all the ingredients into a rice cooker and let it cook until the rice has finished cooking. Fluff with a fork.

The only thing that makes this Spanish Rice even better is to top it with a heaping spoonful of fresh Pico De Gallo. This fresh version is my husband's invention and it is one of my favorite snacks. I beg him to make it all the time. 

Pico de Gallo


  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • 1½ jalapenos, diced
  • ¼ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dice the tomatoes, onion and jalapenos, and chop the cilantro. Combine in a bowl. Add the lime juice and mix well. Top with salt and pepper.

We love making a meal out of El Monterey Taquitos and Spanish Rice. It is the perfect dinner for a busy night or Cinco De Mayo! You can find a coupon for the Taquitos here. Our favorite are the Chicken and Cheese but we love the Southwest Chicken too.
Check out more amazing Cinco De Mayo Dinner Ideas on the El Monterey Pinterest Page. What are you fixing for dinner this Cindo De Mayo?

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kristi dominguez said...

Yummers! We love Mexican food--and I'm always keeping my eyes open for new, tasty (and EASY!) recipe! Can't wait to try this one!

MikiHope said...

I have seen that brand -El Monterey in the store. Guess will have to pick up a pack!! i do love Mexican food--but have to be careful with how spicy these days unfortunately.

bxcrochet said...

I have never tried cooking rice in a slow cooker. That sounds really good and a perfect combination to the taquitos.

Michelle F>

Cait Fore said...

I don't have a rice cooker but I do want to make this!

Crystal said...

Hello, Taco Tuesday! We love Mexican food, and this would be a great addition to our next taco night.

Janet Krugel said...

I live for Mexican food and anything that would make it easier to make at home is a winner in my book!

Stephanie Pass said...

I've always wanted to make spanish rice, but I've always been a little scared it's harder than it seems. But, this looks pretty easy and I love that you made it in the slow cooker!

Liz Mays said...

I can not WAIT to try this out. I'm so excited and it does make a great side dish!

Shirley Wood said...

My rice cooker looks a lot like a pot but I make some good rice in it. I've never attempted to make Spanish Rice but I'm saving your recipe for later. We usually go out to dinner for Cinco de Mayo but it would be fun to make dinner at home too.

Rose Atwater said...

We eat Mexican food all the time and it HAS to have Spanish rice or my husband is whining haha This looks lovely! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!