Whats the difference between spanish and mexican rice?

They seem the same to me. What is the difference?


  1. Spanish rice is a dish made from white rice, tomatoes, garlic, onions, parsley, cilantro and other ingredients. One common preparation is to sauté the rice until golden brown and cook it in chicken broth. Vegetables such as peas, carrots, or corn may also be used depending on the recipe.
    Mexican rice is white rice roasted in a skillet with garlic and onions until light brown, then steamed or simmered with red chile/enchilada sauce and chicken stock. It is used not only as a side dish alongside entrees, but often as a major ingredient in burritos. It is sometimes confused with Spanish rice, but is a very similar dish. Mexican rice is more of a red chile rice dish, while Spanish rice is more of a tomato based dish.

    Hope this helps!

  2. Nothing really. Spanish is technically Mexican rice, just with a different name. But, however, it depends on some of the spices and vegetables inside of it.

  3. I’m 50, grew up n So Cal, always called it “SPANISH RICE until I moved to AZ. But then AZ they call a quesadilla a CHEESE CRISP. 1x hubby asked to make a cheese crisp u should have seen look on my puzzled face & then the puzzled look on his face when I said, do u mean a grilled cheese sandwich? LOL


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