Spanish Rice Recipe – Spanish Rice is a well-loved side dish. But this family favorite Spanish Rice with Beef recipe is a delicious main dish ready in under 30 minutes!

Spanish Rice Recipe - This Spanish Rice recipe is made with ground beef for a main dish meal! Ready in less than 30 minutes! // addapinch.com

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

Spanish Rice Recipe - This Spanish Rice recipe is made with ground beef for a main dish meal! Ready in less than 30 minutes! // addapinch.com

How to Freeze Spanish Rice

Once cooked, allow to cool completely. Portion into freezer-safe container(s) and freeze up to 3 months.

To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, reheat and serve.

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

Skillet Spanish Rice with Ground Beef Recipe

Spanish Rice Recipe – This Spanish Rice recipe is made with ground beef for a main dish meal! Ready in less than 30 minutes!
4.95 from 18 votes

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Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time28 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies

Instructions

  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently. Drain and set aside.
  • 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.
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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  1. This I’mis more like what I had growing up and it was the main dish not a side! I use riced cauliflower now to avoid carbs in the rice ! Served with small cheese tortilla it’s a great meal !

    1. Thanks, Don. I loved this when I was growing up, too. I’m glad it worked with the riced cauliflower for you.

    1. Don’t you love to find recipes that you remember your mother or grandmother making, Kasey? It is a favorite from my childhood. Thanks!

  2. Omg…this is very similar to a recipe my Mom used to make about 40 years ago! It’s so easy to vary as per many of the great comments. I add a green & red bell pepper chopped and use a full 28oz tin of whole tomatoes chopped with a hand blender (no water). My moms recipe also called for a squirt of mustard and some Worcestershire sauce. So tasty….but I find It needs to simmer (lid on tight) for 30-40 minutes so the rice fluffs up and cooks through. It tastes even better warmed up the next day! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. I ate this some as a child too and it was my dad that fixed it. We always complained about his cooking but thinking back some of it was pretty good and this dish was one. I made it tonight and it came out excellent. I followed Susan’s advice and let it cook longer to make the rice a little dry and fluffy since that’s how I remember it. I ate three big bowls and it was pure comfort. Thank you and I’m very glad I found this. It’s one I’ll keep.

    1. Kelly, isn’t it funny how sometimes the foods we didn’t like when we were children are some of our favorites now? I’m glad this brought back good memories for you.

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