Spanish Rice Soup

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I’m always looking for ways to cut down on my grocery budget. Whether grocery prices are higher, or I have a certain spending goal I want to hit, I’m always looking to spend less. Eating cheap meals doesn’t have to be mundane or boring. My goal is to always make delicious and unique meals that are extremely budget-friendly!

This Spanish Rice Soup is a very easy and cheap meal that isn’t lacking in flavor! Honestly, it doesn’t taste like a budget meal, thanks to a few super flavorful ingredients.

Ingredients for Spanish Rice Soup

You all know that I always shop at Walmart, so I got all of these ingredients there. If you can’t find the exact ingredients, I’m sure you could use something similar and it would turn out just fine.

  • olive oil
  • frozen “seasoning blend”: onions, celery, red peppers, green peppers, and parsley flakes (I got this one at Walmart, but you can also just use one fresh onion and one fresh green bell pepper if you can’t find this specific bag)
  • canned black beans
  • canned corn
  • Knorr Rice Sides Spanish Rice (If you can’t find this you could try another brand of Spanish rice mix)
  • taco seasoning (I like to buy this giant container so that I never run out!)
  • water
  • additional toppings: chopped tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, lime wedges (optional, but yummy!)

How to Make Spanish Rice Soup

This soup is very simple to make. Basically, all you have to do is sautee the onions and peppers in olive oil in a dutch oven, add in all of the rest ingredients, and simmer for about 10 minutes. That’s about it! Just be sure to stir everything occasionally, so the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot and burn.

To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with any toppings that you might like. I used chopped tomatoes, sour cream, avocado, and some fresh lime juice.

spanish rice soup

More Easy and Cheap Meals

If you’re looking for budget-friendly meals, you’ve come to the right place. I have so many amazing budget recipes on my blog. Here are a few of my favorites:

Vegetarian Mexican Casserole

Budget Friendly Potato Soup Recipe

Five Dollar Baked Turkey Tacos

Spanish Rice Soup

Recipe by Julia Pacheco Course: DinnerCuisine: Spanish, MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 tbsp 1 olive oil

  • 1 bag 1 frozen “seasoning blend” – onions, celery, red peppers green peppers, and parsley flakes (or just use one fresh onion and one fresh green bell pepper)

  • 1 can 1 black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can 1 corn, drained

  • 1 bag 1 Knorr Spanish rice

  • 1 tbsp 1 taco seasoning

  • 6.5 cups 6.5 water

  • Toppings (optional)
  • Chopped tomatoes

  • Sour cream

  • Avocado

  • Lime wedges


  • To a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat, add the oil. Once hot, add in the bag of onions and peppers and sauté for 4-5 minutes to cook out the moisture in the vegetables. Add in the beans, corn, rice bag, seasonings, and water. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and let simmer covered for 7-10 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Make sure you stir occasionally while simmering, so the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Ladle into bowls and top with toppings. Enjoy!

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  1. Michelle Renee

    I just Love this video! Thank you!! You always do such an amazing job, showing and explaining everything. Your videos are beautiful and organized and to the point and Still have time to show each dish. They are always so perfect. And the ones that help save money in these times are priceless. (PS you look like a Disney Princess, with your big beautiful eyes and smile)

  2. Quick & Simple to throw together I found a frozen bag of peppers and onions and added a bit of dried parsley. I would def recommend adding toppings I used Mexican cheese and tbsp sour cream it just added a little extra flavor

  3. This was really good for the first serving. Leftovers did not retain flavor or texture. The rice absorbed all the broth and somehow the flavor disappeared. I used Mahatma Spanish rice to keep it gluten free.

  4. This looks really good! I have some canned chicken to use up in my pantry so I may add that as well. Thanks for sharing budget-friendly meal ideas!

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