The ultimate in comfort food: Spanish rice with ground beef recipe. Perfectly seasoned, packed with flavor, and ready in 35 minutes.
Looking for a mouthwatering, easy skillet dinner that’s perfect for those busy weeknights? Introducing our savory Spanish rice with ground beef, a dish that’s not only bursting with flavor but also ready in just 35 minutes.
You’ll love how this hearty meal combines tender ground beef, fluffy rice, tomatoes, and veggies to create the ultimate comfort food experience. And since it all comes together in one skillet, cleanup will be a breeze too.
About this Spanish Rice Recipe:
Flavor: The diced tomatoes, with their tangy and slightly sweet notes, blend beautifully with the warm, earthy tones of garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin. If you grew up eating Spanish rice, this has a familiar flavor you’ll love.
Texture: The ground beef brings a tender, juicy quality to the dish, while the Zatarain’s yellow rice mix ensures perfectly cooked rice. The diced onion and green bell pepper add a touch of texture.
Method: This recipe uses just one skillet. No prep bowls or extra pots needed.
What is the difference between Spanish rice and Mexican rice?
Our recipe for Spanish rice is a little different than most Mexican rice. Authentic Mexican rice does not have ground beef, but does have tomato sauce, chicken broth and seasoning.
This Spanish rice recipe is the skillet dinner that has been popular since the 80’s. It starts with a box rice mix, adds diced tomatoes, ground beef, onion, green pepper and a handful of seasonings.
In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through. Drain any excess grease.
Add the diced onion and green pepper to the skillet and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
Stir in the diced tomatoes, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Add the Zatarain’s yellow rice mix and water to the skillet and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.
Once the rice is cooked, stir everything together in the skillet.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 6, with 1 serving being ⅙ of the Spanish rice. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**