Red Rice Dishes ─ 4 Different Versions

If you are looking for a delicious and easy-to-make dish, red rice dishes are the way to go.

This article will provide you with 4 amazing recipes that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Using simple ingredients that can easily be found in your local grocery store, you can create authentic Spanish red dice dishes.

These recipes will show you how to make the flavors of Spain come alive in your kitchen. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to create a delicious Spanish dinner. Read this article to discover what you can easily prepare in your kitchen today!

1. Spanish Red Rice and Sausage


Spanish red rice and chorizo are a classic, easy to make, and full of flavor meal. It is made with red rice, sausage, vegetables, and spices. The sausage adds a smoky, spicy flavor to the dish, while the vegetables add a variety of textures and colors. Here you can see some guidelines for preparing it:

  • Sautéing the sausage in olive oil until it is lightly browned.
  • Next, add the vegetables, such as onions, peppers, and garlic, and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add the red rice and stir to combine.
  • Then add the spices, such as paprika, cumin, and oregano, and stir until everything is well combined.
  • Finally, add chicken or vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through.

When the dish is ready, it is a beautiful blend of colors, flavors, and textures. The smoky, spicy sausage and the earthy, nutty red rice combine to make a delicious and satisfying meal. Serve it with a side of crusty bread or a salad for a complete meal.

2. Spanish Red Rice with Chicken


Spanish red rice with chicken is a popular dish from the Iberian Peninsula. It is a one-dish meal, combining chicken, vegetables, and spices with hearty tomato-based rice. The main ingredients include chicken, tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, onion, olive oil, saffron, and paprika.

The chicken is typically cooked in a skillet or stockpot over medium heat until it is lightly browned. Then, the vegetables are added to the same pot and cooked until they are softened. The tomatoes, garlic, and spices are added, and then the rice is added to the pot. After allowing the rice to simmer in the tomato sauce for a few minutes, the dish is ready to be served.

This dish is full of flavor, with the sweetness of the tomatoes and the smokiness of the paprika. The rice has a unique texture, with each grain remaining separate and distinct. The bell peppers and onions add a crunch to the dish, and the chicken is juicy and tender. This dish is a favorite in Spain and is often served with a side of bread or a salad.

The following two recipes are not from Spain but maintain the spirit Spanish settlers left in American lands centuries ago. Anyway, you may want to check this link for a different approach to making this traditional Spanish dish.

3. Spanish Red Rice with Carnitas


Although usually called Spanish red rice, this version with carnitas (meat cut into small pieces) is a traditional and quite popular dish in Mexico and other Latin American countries.

It is usually made with pork, chicken, or beef meat, and is served with a side of rice. The meat is marinated for several hours in a mixture of spices, then cooked in a pan with the remaining ingredients until it is tender and cut into bite-size pieces.

This dish is savory and spicy, with a hint of sweetness from the tomato sauce. The texture of the rice is soft and fluffy, while the carnitas is slightly crisped from the cooking process. It is a great dish to serve with a side of refried beans, or as a main course.

4. Red Rice with Refried Beans


This is another traditional dish, not from Spain but from the Caribbean. It is full of flavor and texture and is a great accompaniment to other dishes.

The main ingredients of the dish are short-grain red rice, cooked with onions, garlic, and bell peppers. The beans are cooked separately and then refried, with tomato, onion, garlic, and cumin. The beans are then added to the cooked red rice, and the entire mixture is topped with freshly chopped cilantro.

The dish is prepared by first cooking the red rice in olive oil until it is tender. Then, the onion, garlic, and bell peppers are added and cooked until fragrant. The beans are cooked separately and then refried with tomato, onion, garlic, and cumin. The beans are then added to the red rice and the mixture is simmered until the rice is tender. The cilantro is added at the end for a fresh, vibrant flavor.

This delicacy is served hot, accompanied by a side of freshly made salsa. The combination of the flavors and textures makes this dish a great accompaniment to other dishes.

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