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Easy Spanish Rice

Need a super easy meal to make on a busy weeknight? This Easy Spanish Rice is just what the doctor ordered! It is so flavorful and I add a zucchini to bump up the veg in this one pan dish!
Course entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy spanish rice, spanish rice,
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 306kcal
Author Beth Neels


  • olive oil to coat pan
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into pieces
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1.5 cup rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Heat olive oil in pan. Add onions and soften a few minutes. Add garlic, zucchini and meat and saute until meat is cooked through. 
  • Add tomatoes, spices and rice. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, simmer 20 minutes, or according to package instructions. 
  • Serve with cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, hot sauce, or my Nuclear Jalapeno Hot Pepper Relish!



Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 722mg | Potassium: 486mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg