Best Ever Spanish Rice

Best Ever Spanish Rice

Best Ever Spanish Rice

Hi I am LeAnn, I am excited to be guest blogging at Crafty Blog Stalker Readers too. I am a chef trained in the school of burnt forearms and cut fingers.( Laugh, here) ! Seriously, over the years I have figured out how to make really good food from what you store in your pantry.

My love of cooking started with a few Mexican Recipes from my youth… in Arizona. Mexican cooking was my first love. ( Shh! Don’t tell my husband, He thinks he is) Good thing he likes Mexican food too.

Spanish Rice is one of the recipes I teach in my Basic Mexican Cooking Class. Everyone loves it and is so excited to receive a secret spice packet to take and make it at home. I love the feedback when they say “my family loved it and it was easy just like you showed us “Nothing makes me prouder to see my students actually preparing my recipes at home.
Stop thinking about that dry, flavorless side dish you push around on your plate when you think Spanish rice. This recipe will seriously change the way you feel about rice.


Pressure Cooker
Ground Annato

I hear it all the time. I am scared of the pressure cooker. What if it blows up? Trust me it will not blow up if you follow the manufactures directions. My favorite brand is the BRK made in Germany. It is dual gauged and has a one-handed lid. It is stainless steel so it will work on any type of cook-top.

Best Ever Spanish Rice

My Favorite Pressure Cooker

Any brand is good. Personally I have 3 different brands. Try this recipe and you will be a believer.

Ground Annato is a woody earthy seed that is sold at every Mexican market. Many chain grocery stores within a large Hispanic area will also carry it. It gives the rice a woodsy flavor and creates beautiful golden red colored rice.

Best Ever Spanish Rice

 Remove from heat and let pressure release naturally.  Red button will drop.  Remove lid carefully to avoid steam burns.

 Best ever Spanish Rice is so easy in a pressure cooker. Try it and become a believer. My students Are!

Best Ever Spanish Rice
Serves 8
Moist Delicious Spanish Rice out of the pressure cooker
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
150 calories
24 g
9 g
3 g
5 g
2 g
136 g
306 g
3 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 9mg
Sodium 306mg
Total Carbohydrates 24g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 drizzle of olive oil
  2. ½ onion, diced
  3. ½ sweet bell pepper, diced
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 1 cup medium grain rice (any rice that you have stored will do except Minute rice)
  6. 2 cups chicken stock
  7. ½ tsp paprika
  8. ½ tsp chili powder
  9. ½ tsp ground annato
  10. ½ tsp salt
  11. 1 tsp black pepper
  12. 1-14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed with cold water
  13. ½ cup shredded cheese
  14. 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  1. Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of a 6 quart pressure cooker. Add onion, pepper and garlic and sauté until onion is translucent. Add rice. Add chicken stock and stir. Add spice. Once mixture begins to boil, put on the lid. It will be at pressure now. Resume cooking on high until steam comes out the pressure release valve on top. It will make a hissing noise too. That is good. At this point reduce heat to medium. Set timer and cook 5 minutes. When timer goes off, remove from burner and let pressure reduce naturally. Remove lid, add tomatoes, cheese and cilantro. Serves 6-8 persons
  1. Substitute Cayenne Powder for Chili Powder if you want more heat
Adapted from Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking
Pantry Friendly Cooking

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LeAnn teaches cooking classes throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recently featured in Taste of Home Magazine, runner up in the Cache Valley Cheese Signature dish contest and Winner of Better Recipes Best Blogger Potluck Recipe. Created customed recipes for Hi Grade Meats to use in their promotions, She has been a frequent guest on Good Things Utah, featured chef on Studio 5, the CW 30 and at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Show. She recently auditioned for the Fox 13 show Master Chef. She hopes her passion and love of cooking will inspire you to cook from your pantry and create your own cuisine traditions. Her cookbook "Pantry Friendly Mexican Cooking is available at She is currently working on a 2nd book titled Pantry-Friendly Anti-Aging Cooking and a video series called Cook Away Hunger.


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