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Welcome to Taste and Tell Thursdays! Come link up your posts below!

So last week.  Yeah, sorry about that.  If you came to link up and there was no link up, I apologize!!  As much as I wanted to get up and post, I just was too sick.  But I’m back this week and I hope you are here to link up, too!!

And my recipe for this week – well, it’s one of those recipes that you think to yourself – why didn’t I think of this a long time ago???  Rice, in the slow cooker?  Why not!!  It sure does save on time when it’s time to get dinner on the table.  One less thing for me to think about is a good thing.

This recipe really doesn’t get much easier.  Just dump and cook.  Perfect for Mexican night – which seems to be happening a lot around here lately!!


Slow Cooker Spanish Rice
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Total time
Spanish rice made easy, by cooking it in the slow cooker!
Serves: 10 servings
  • 1 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  1. Spray a 4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix together all of the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. --------------------
  4. slightly adapted from Betty Crocker More Slow Cooker Recipes


And now to the link up. First up, a few posts from last week that caught my eye!

Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies from Inside BruCrew LifeM&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies from Inside BruCrew Life (#1 clicked recipe from 2 weeks ago!)

Chocolate Covered Peeps Hearts from Buns in My OvenChocolate Covered Peeps Hearts from Buns in My Oven

Simple Coconut Chicken Curry from Half Baked HarvestSimple Coconut Chicken Curry from Half Baked Harvest

Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup from Flavors by FourButternut Squash and Carrot Soup from Flavors by Four


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37 Responses to Slow Cooker Spanish Rice {Taste and Tell Thursdays}

  1. Glad you are feeling better! Thanks for hosting.

  2. I am so glad you are better this week. And rice in the slow cooker? I so need to remember that…that’s a really great idea. Thank you for the fun party and for sharing my peanut butter cookies. I can’t believe they were number 1 🙂 Have a great day!!!

  3. Ooooh, this looks wonderful! Great idea to make rice in the slow cooker. You’re right – it’s one of those, “why didn’t I think of this sooner?”!
    Glad you’re feeling better!

  4. Deborah,
    I’m glad you’re feeling better. I’m still so new at this linking up thing that I wasn’t sure if I had the wrong day, or it was only certain weeks, or what.

    I always use my rice cooker for rice, since I burn it any other way I try and make it, but it’s great to know that the slow cooker is another option for me when making flavored rice. [It’s too ingrained in me from living in Japan not to mar the integrity of my rice cooker by adding another flavor to it.]


  5. Love that this is a “dump and cook” kind of dish! 🙂

  6. Great features this week!! Thanks for hosting and a wonderful party!!

  7. Glad you are feeling better. I just started sneezing and snuffling myself. Thanks for hosting us today. Lots of great recipes here. Have a great day!

  8. Still loving the mexican food! Spanish rice looks amazing!

  9. Thanks for the great party, we share a couple of recent posts.

    Not Your Average Super Moms!

  10. kari says:

    So glad you’re feeling better, what ever is going around really takes a whollop to a person! Thank you for hosting, I love your pic and that you’re using a “retro” piece of Corning Ware!!

  11. Karly says:

    Thanks for sharing my Peeps!

    This rice looks so good!

  12. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Yum! Rice dishes are great as a side and even a quick lunch 🙂

  13. Joanne says:

    I never have any idea what to serve with Mexican food so this is just perfect and is a totally no-stress recipe!

  14. I love the sound of this rice, Deborah! Some of my favorite flavors in this and I love that you used the slow cooker!

  15. looks delicious! Glad you are feeling better!

  16. teresa says:

    delicious! it looks so full of flavor!

  17. Tieghan says:

    Thank you so much for featuring my Simple Coconut Chicken Curry! That rise looks so good. I have never made rice in the slow cook, but I think I need to try!

  18. I simply don’t make Spanish Rice often enough, and I love that you made this in the slow cooker!

  19. I love that you put this in the slow cooker. I’m horrible with sides on taco night.

  20. Claudia says:

    I’ve never done the rice in the slow cooker but I do make my spanish rice in a rice cooker. I couldn’t make it on the stove top but easily whip it up several times a week now in the rice cooker.

  21. YUM! I absolutely love Spanish rice and I can’t wait to try your slow cooker version!

  22. Chels R. says:

    The one time I put rice in the crockpot it was disastrous! But this looks so simple! Gonna have to try it!

  23. Joy Miller says:

    Can you confirm for me that you use one cup of water for one cup of rice in this recipe and it makes 10 servings? I’m making it for a large group, so I will adjust, but it looks like a lot of liquid including the undrained tomatoes. Maybe to cook the veggies?

  24. Carla Nelson says:

    I am going to give the crock pot rice a try–did you saute the onion & pepper first?

  25. Monica says:

    I am going to make this for a larger group. Can I double everything and have it still work out? Would I need to adjust anything? Cook time perhaps?

    • Deborah says:

      I haven’t tried doubling it, so I’m not exactly sure how much time you would have to cook it for. I would guess that it would need a little bit of extra time, but not a lot.

  26. Delaney says:


    This looks SO delicious – do you think you could make it on the stove to cut down on time? If so, how long would I cook it for and would any measurements need to be changed?


    • Deborah says:

      I haven’t tried it on the stove, so I’m not sure about the time. I would probably go by the time that it says on the instructions on the bag of rice.

  27. expat mom says:

    I made this and it was so soggy, I threw it out. Any suggestions?

    • Deborah says:

      I haven’t had anyone complain about it being soggy – I wonder if it might be an altitude thing? I would try just decreasing the liquid next time.

  28. Amy says:

    I’d love to make this recipe for Cinco de Mayo (or Quatro de Mayo) this weekend but it doesn’t appear the recipe is still on the page. Would you please repost or email it? Thanks!

  29. reid says:

    Hi! Would this recipe work well with brown rice? Thanks!

    • Deborah says:

      I haven’t tried it with brown rice. I’m guessing that it would, but you might have to play with cooking time.

  30. M says:

    This was so disappointing. The recipe ingredients would be great and the taste was fine, but the rice was just mush. It was for our Church’s worship team and I ended up just tossing it. Even hubs wouldn’t eat it because it was just so darn soggy and mushy. I wish it had worked because it was so easy but I’ll take the time to do it stove top next time. BTW, I live at elevation 400 ft, so I don’t think it is an altitude issue.

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