Spanish Rice, Pronto

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

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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, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 1can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard (optional)
  • Chopped cilantro and lime wedges (optional)


  • Pronto, meaning “quickly” or “soon” in Spanish, is 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 this comes together in minutes.

    Step 1

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

    Step 2

  • Add the onions and green peppers. Cook and stir until lightly browned.

    Step 3

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

    Step 4

  • Cover tightly and simmer for 5 minutes.

    Step 5

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

Pronto, Please

This quick and easy recipe gets its namesake 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 a main meal by adding crumbled bacon, cooked ground beef or shredded chicken.

This one-skillet, savory dish starts by cooking chopped vegetables in bacon trimmings, 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.

Want to make it vegetarian or vegan? Instead of bacon trimmings use olive or avocado oil and sub out the water for vegetable broth.

Home-Cooked Bacon

Thinking about how you can get bacon trimmings? Make some bacon, of course! If you don’t have any bacon drippings on hand, take out a large skillet and cook 5 slices of fresh bacon. Once they’re fully cooked, remove them from the pan and place them on a napkin but leave the grease in the pan for this recipe.

For best results, simply use the same pan to make your Spanish Rice, Pronto recipe so that all of the bacon grease flavor is cooked with the vegetables and rice. If desired, crumble the bacon on top after the rice is done cooking or toss into a simple BLT Rice Salad.