Easy Healthy Spanish Rice Recipe | Homemade With Brown Rice by Rockin Robin

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You can make Spanish rice with brown rice to make it healthy. I’ll show you step by step. It’s easy and delicious.

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This is my healthy version for Spanish rice as it is made using brown rice and olive oil.

This makes for a hearty and delicious spanish rice recipe. When using brown rice you have to use more liquid (chicken stock) and cook the rice longer because brown rice is less processed than white rice.

Also if you want to make this dish vegetarian, you can substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

Brown Spanish Rice Recipe

2 cups brown rice
3 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 1/4 cups tomato puree
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. chile powder
1/2 bell pepper
1/2 yellow onion
1/4 cup olive oil, maybe a little less
1 Tbsp. butter


Heat a frying pan over medium high heat. Add the oil and butter. Once melted, add the rice and sauté for about 5 to 8 minutes until the rice brown up even more!

Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté for an additional 5 minutes stirring frequently.

Heat up the chicken broth on the stove in a pan (this is optional). The reason to do this is to prevent splatter when adding it. It splatters when you add cool broth to a hot pan full of rice, oil and veggies.

Next add the tomato puree, salt, chile powder and garlic powder and stir to combine.

Turn the temperature up to high and stir frequently. Once you have a full boil turn the temperature to simmer and cover and cook for about 50 minutes or until the rice has absorbed all the liquid and rice is soft.

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MEEZY says:

*Healthier version

Nicole says:

4 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp butter

Ella Belle Wilson says:

I have been looking for so long for a good Spanish rice recipe that uses the brown rice! I had been wondering about if I should try "browning" the brown rice in oil as I always do with the white rice. I had not thought about adding butter too, but that makes sense to get it browner. Now I gotta go try this out! Thank you!

Nicole Ramlal says:

your recipe is simple and amazing in flavor thank you for showing me a recipe with brown rice thats all we cook mainly in Trinidad thank you

whutzat says:

Im allergic to green bell peppers. Is there anything I can use in its place?

falcon262 says:

By far the best brown rice recipe I have found. Followed your directions and added red peppers and jalapenos. My cook time was only around the 40 minute range and the rice came out fluffy and delicious. Tip to anyone making this: DO NOT SKIP THE BROWNING PROCESS. The added oil made all the difference in the cooking process.

Claudette says:

Hello I'm making this right now… hope it turns out great. 50min to go… nervous. 😊Thanks for the amazing recipes!

joyce willett morris says:

I will be able to make this for sam by substituting the chicken broth with vegetable broth and the butter with healthy start

MONEY gamer Robinson says:

If you like garlic powder a lot the place to buy it is at Costco. It's a more potent flavor than McCormick.

Tannia Jay says:

trying this right now 💁🏻

Rick Reeves says:

Most Excellent rice, Ms Robin! Never thought I could make Spanish rice!  Now I can stay home and have my Mexican food, now that I can make my chicken enchiladas and red sauce too, thanks to You!

Fatima Bowe says:

Good recipes… I made this rice today and followed every instruction down to the letter but it still was a little hard so I added a little water and let cook for 10 more minutes and it still was a little hard… Plz help me

bobby redondo says:

your man better appreciate you. I know I would

Rameet Ahuja says:

Is there an alternate to chicken broth in this recipe?

T D says:

thank you Im a new stay at home mom and I'm learning/trying new recipes everyday. My husband requested Spanish rice can't wait to try this looks great

SaniaKhanTV says:

Loved this video and I needed this! Healthier alternatives without sacrificing the good taste

NothingGirl101 says:

Yummy!! Only things missing that I prefer are cumin and green chillies.

gingermavy says:

very good video-very helpful. But, lose the music.

greenie2600 says:


Add olive oil to a large pan and heat to medium-high. Add the butter, if using, and allow to melt.

Pour the brown rice into the pan and stir thoroughly to coat. Stir constantly for about five minutes, or until the rice is nicely browned and toasted.

Add chopped onion and bell pepper and continue to sauté, until the vegetables are translucent.

Add remaining ingredients, raise heat, and bring the mixture to a boil. Cover; lower heat to a simmer; cook for 40-50 minutes.

greenie2600 says:

I typed this up in printable form, if anyone else needs it:

Spanish Brown Rice
from cookingmexicanrecipe on YouTube

– olive oil
– generous pat of butter (optional)
– 2 cups brown rice
– 1 green bell pepper, chopped
– ½ onion, chopped
– 3¾ cups chicken broth
– 1¼ cup tomato purée
– 2 tsp kosher salt
– 2 tsp garlic powder, or to taste
– ¼ tsp chili powder, or to taste

(instructions in next comment)

YMora21 says:

Can I use I can't believe it not butter light instead of actual butter?

LolasViews says:

Recipe worked beautifully, thanks so much. You saved me from having to figure it out for myself. My oldest son, a spanish rice devotee enjoyed it almost as much the traditional version. I happened to like it more, the flavors are better!

Beanne Contreras says:

Thanks Rock'in Robin!! Great recipe! I do want to mention though the difference between short grain brown rice and long grain. Short grain requires 2 cups liquid to one cup rice and long grain requires 2 1/2 cups liquid to one cup. My favorite tip of your clip was the warming of the broth before adding to the pan!! Great tip! Ty

Delay says:

I followed the recipe and the rice is still uncooked at 90 minutes of cooking what happened?????

Jay Patel says:

Can I replace chicken stock with vegetable stock?

Dell Liberette says:

I was hoping your brown Spanish rice would have been light & fluffy like my Spanish rice made with white rice. I don't buy white rice anymore unless I'm making Spanish rice for other people. When I make Spanish rice with brown rice… it's just not light and fluffy and it bothers me. I would use Fresh Garlic though (minced) & I like your idea of roughly chopping the onion & bell pepper, I would have chopped them down more & I think that may work against me. I guess No Light & Fluffy with Brown.

Rockin Robin Cooks says:

Great! Thanks for stopping by!

Rockin Robin Cooks says:

Hi Cristy, thanks for your comments. Yes browning the rice does make a difference!

cristy Hinojosa says:

I like that you browned the rice. I was watching other videos and most people just add the rice to boiling water. Great Recipe

Rockin Robin Cooks says:

Glad you like the recipe. Yes browning the rice makes a huge difference. Thanks for stopping by!

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