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Mom’s Spanish Rice

Moms Spanish rice

Barbara K of Peterborough, Ontario Canada originally submitted her Mom’s Spanish Rice recipe for us to enjoy.

It’s super easy and sounds really good.

With the addition of the ham, all you need for a complete meal is to add a vegetable and a salad. It’s a real 30 minute meal recipe.

I have added chorizo sausage as an option because lots of us like things a bit spicy. Use either or leave it without meat for a great vegetarian side dish.

The next time you are making rice for dinner cook up a second batch, save it for the next day and make this great Spanish rice.

spanish rice

Mom's Spanish Rice

This Spanish Rice recipe is super easy. All you need for a complete meal is to add a vegetable and a salad. It's a real 30 minute meal recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main or Side, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 230 kcal


  • 1 onion, medium, diced
  • 1/2 pound ham, chopped or sliced chorizo sausage
  • 3 cups tomato juice, or V-8 cocktail
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook onion until soft. Add ham and continue cooking until it is browned, about 10 minutes altogether.
  • Add tomato or V-8 juice and continue cooking until the juice thickens down to about 1/2 its volume. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Add the cooked rice to the ham, onion and juice mixture. Continue cooking for a few minutes to let the rice absorb some of the flavors.


Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 12gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 463mgPotassium: 458mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 578IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
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Garnish with sliced stuffed olives if desired.


  • If it is too dry add a little more juice.
  • If you like things spicy add hot sauce to your desired heat.
  • Add sliced green olives to the recipe for added punch. The ones you see in the image are garlic stuffed olives.

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