Spanish Rice Recipe with Ground Beef

Spanish Rice makes a favorite side dish recipe. This version takes spanish rice to the main attraction!

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One of my favorite dishes to order when we go to our local Mexican restaurant is their spanish rice. Well, along with the chips, salsa, queso dip, and guacamole! Ha! Their spanish rice though always just goes perfectly with whatever I order for my entree – from enchiladas to whatever their specials are for the day.

But, as much as I love their spanish rice, it still doesn’t really compete with the version that my Mama has made since as long as I can remember. While theirs is served as a side dish, Mama’s was always the main attraction, served with a salad or beans.

Her spanish rice is made with ground beef that takes it to a whole new level!

I love that it comes together in less than thirty minutes and just takes one skillet to prepare. We also love to prepare this for a camp style meal as well. No wonder Mama loved making this recipe so much! It’s an all-around favorite for sure!

Spanish Rice Recipe from

Here’s her Spanish Rice Recipe with Ground Beef. So simple, I think you’ll love it, too!

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Skillet Spanish Rice with Ground Beef Recipe
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Spanish Rice makes a favorite side dish recipe. This version takes spanish rice to the main attraction!
Serves: 4
  • ¾ pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup uncooked white rice
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently. Drain and set aside.
  2. Drizzle olive oil into the skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and rice, stirring frequently until rice is lightly browned. Add ground beef, oregano, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, water, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Turn heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.

Robyn xo


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    dc says

    Spanish rice! I forgot about that (my soon to be ex-husband doesn’t like rice)! Thanks for reminding me! Now I’m going to pit your version against my mom’s! Yum!

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    What a coincidence, I just made a version of this last night. I used a shortcut, and used the fajita sauce instead of the herbs.

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    Jocelyn says

    I made this for dinner tonight, and my family really enjoyed it. The rice had an almost crunchy texture to it, which was rather nice. Thank you for sharing this easy dish.

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    I just made this for dinner – very delicious and filling! It was super easy to pull together, too. I used brown rice instead of white because of personal preference and thought it all worked out great.

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    Valerie Thornhill says

    For extra zip, throw in a bag of crushed doritos or the like as the last ingredient
    And beans..lots of beans. ..

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    Catina says

    how would this be with brown rice and ground turkey? I think I am going to try it. This sounds wonderful but having had bariatric surgery I can not have white rice.

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