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Easy Spanish Rice with Salsa
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Spanish Rice with Salsa - The Easiest Spanish Recipe Recipe Ever

This Spanish rice with salsa recipe is probably the easiest Spanish rice recipe ever. It is essentially just two ingredients: Rice and Salsa. Yet, it tastes amazing!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 201kcal


  • 1 cup white rice (uncooked)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 16 oz salsa
  • 1 ¾ cup water
  • Cilantro for garnish (optional)


  • Rinse rice in water to remove excess starch.
  • Add rice to saucepan with water, salt, and salsa. Stir briefly and cover with a lid.
  • Heat to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer until the water is absorbed by rice.
  • The Spanish rice is done when the rice is soft and the water has soaked fully into the rice and/or evaporated.
  • Top with chopped cilantro.


The time needed to cook will vary depending on the simmering temperature. Try to keep the temperature lower to prevent scorching the rice on the bottom of the pan.
Looking for a great dish to pair this with?  I highly recommend my Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos.  The tangy Spanish rice is the perfect accompaniment to the taco's bright, fresh flavors!


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Sodium: 807mg | Potassium: 376mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.8mg