Spanish Rice, Pronto

Need a dinner recipe that is both fast and flavorful? Our Spanish Rice, Pronto is cooked with sautéed vegetables, and is ready in 15 minutes!

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Spanish Rice, Pronto

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings SERVES 4-6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 15 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 15 mins


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard powder (optional)
  • fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • lime wedges (optional)


  • Pronto means “quickly” or “soon” in Spanish. It’s part of this Spanish Rice, Pronto recipe because it is just that — fast to cook! Make sure to use our Minute® Instant White Rice so that this dish comes together in minutes.

    Step 1

  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat.

    Step 2

  • Add onion and green pepper. Cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes, or until beginning to soften.

    Step 3

  • Add rice, tomato sauce, water, salt, pepper and mustard powder, if using. Stir to combine, and bring to a boil.

    Step 4

  • Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

    Step 5

  • Serve with chopped cilantro and lime wedges, if using.

Pronto, Please

This quick and easy recipe gets its name from the Spanish word “pronto”, meaning “quickly” or “soon.” Although this recipe is quick, by no means does it lack flavor! There’s no need for fast food when you can make a quality dinner this quickly. This savory dish can be used as a delicious side or as a main meal by adding crumbled bacon, cooked ground beef or shredded chicken.

To make this savory one-skillet dish, start by cooking chopped vegetables in olive oil, then adding the rice and other ingredients to cook together. You’ll love the way these bold flavors perfectly complement each other for a colorful, vibrant and delicious dish.

This dish is naturally vegetarian and vegan. For extra flavor, try making it with vegetable broth in place of water.

More Spanish Recipe

Love the taste of this Spanish rice recipe? Why not try a few other simple dishes inspired by the Mediterranean country, such as our Chicken and Manchego Cheese Rice Bowl or our Quick and Easy Paella. For something a little different, try our simple Red Beans and Rice recipe. No matter what you decide to make, let Minute® Rice help you along the way!

Looking for some more dinner ideas? Try our Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli.

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