Sure, some people say that cooking rice on the stovetop is a no-brainer, but we’ve all seared a few grains into the bottom of a pot at least once. Absolutely nothing is simpler than using a rice cooker – it’s the best way to get a perfectly fluffy batch each and every time. 

Once you get your hands on this convenient little appliance, you’ll want to experiment with all kinds of new and exciting recipes! If you’re craving something quick, easy, and tasty, you can prepare this easy Spanish rice in as little as 15 minutes. It’s a great recipe for when you’re tight on time, or you don’t feel like making a trip to the grocery store.

What goes well with Spanish rice?

Spanish rice is also known as Mexican rice, red rice, or arroz rojo. The recipe hails from Mexico, so it pairs exceptionally well with other regional dishes like fajitas, carnitas, and tacos. You can even add this rice to a burrito to make it extra hearty. 

That being said, this rice recipe is a total flavour chameleon: it uses versatile ingredients like garlic, onion, and tomato, so its potential is essentially limitless. You can even eat it by itself right out of the bowl – it tastes great with a dollop of sour cream or fresh avocado slices on top!

Ingredients list

Take a look inside your pantry and you’re bound to have almost everything you need to whip up the perfect batch of Spanish rice at home. This dish is easy, inexpensive, and beyond simple to make. Once you’ve got your rice cooker ready, here are the ingredients you’ll need to make it happen.

2 cups / 500mL Dainty Time-Wise Brown rice

1 can of diced Tomatoes (approx 400mL)

3 1/2 cups / 830mL Beef stock (Chicken broth or Vegetable broth is fine in a pinch)

1 small Spring Onion, sliced

2 tbsp / 30mL Chilli powder

1 tsp / 5mL Salt

1 tsp / 5mL ground Cumin

1 clove Garlic, minced

Salt to taste

How do you make Spanish rice in a rice cooker?

We’re glad you asked! This may be the simplest rice cooker recipe in the world – we’ll let you be the judge.


Step 1: Place all of the above ingredients (except the salt) inside the pot of your rice cooker. Stir everything together so it incorporates properly.

Step 2: Turn on your rice cooker and cook on the appropriate setting. Here are instructions on how to cook rice in a rice cooker.

Step 3: When the rice is ready, remove the lid and fluff it with a fork, adding salt to taste. Let it sit for another 10 minutes.

Step 4: Serve and enjoy.

It all starts with the right rice

Make simple recipes extra special with delicious, high-quality rice. Dainty is proudly Canadian, and has sourced all kinds of delicious rice from around the world for over 135 years. Choosing us means choosing flavour, quality, and heritage – what could be better? For more tasty inspiration, visit our rice recipe page!