Spanish rice

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Mexican rice and beans.

Spanish rice, red rice, or arroz rojo is a Mexican side dish made from white rice, tomatoes, garlic, onions, and other ingredients. It is traditionally made by sautéing the rice in a skillet until it is golden brown. Water or chicken broth is then added along with chopped tomatoes or tomato sauce.

Spanish rice isn’t a popular dish in Spain, and is yellow in color due to the inclusion of saffron. This is not to be confused with Mexican rice, which is red.


Although it is called "Spanish rice", this dish is unknown in Spain. The term "Spanish rice" is not used by Mexicans or Mexican food enthusiasts; the dish is usually simply referred to as arroz ("rice") or arroz rojo ("red rice") in Mexico. In English, a classic rice dish from Spain, paella, may be known as yellow rice or Spanish yellow rice, as it uses saffron, which gives the dish a distinct yellow hue.

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