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.

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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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