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Cheesy Spanish rice with sliced avocado and lime wedges in white bowl.
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Cheesy Spanish Rice (One Pot Recipe)

This Cheesy Spanish Rice recipe is an easy side dish made in one pot and feeds a crowd! It's made with corn, peppers, and cheddar cheese.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Spanish
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: spanish rice, spanish rice with cheese, one pot spanish rice
Servings: 8
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Christine Rooney



  • Mince 6 cloves garlic and 1 small onion (can use white, yellow, or red onion).
  • Dice 2 bell peppers (can use any bell pepper color combination of choice).
  • Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in cast iron Dutch oven skillet or any heavy-bottomed soup pan. Add the minced garlic and onions. Saute for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Add the diced bell peppers to the garlic and onions. Saute for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add 1 ½ cups white rice, 1 tsp. smoked paprika, 1 tsp. ground cumin, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper to the pan. Saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add 3 cups of vegetable broth and 1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce to the pan and stir together. Add 2 cups of frozen corn and stir once again to combine.
  • Bring to boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer/low boil. Place the cover on the pan and cook for 15 minutes on a simmer/low boil. Stir the rice every 5 minutes or so to prevent sticking.
  • After 15 minutes, the rice should be cooked. If the rice is still too hard, simply cook for an additional couple of minutes.
  • Add a heaping cup of Crystal Farms® shredded sharp cheddar and stir to incorporate. Add more salt and pepper if desired.
  • Garnish with avocado, limes, and cilantro (optional).


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1430IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg