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One Pan Spanish Chorizo Rice

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This family-friendly Spanish chorizo rice makes a healthy, filling and affordable meal that everyone will love! Made with charred chorizo sausage, capsicum and Spanish inspired spices, this hearty, flavourful dish all comes together in one pot- in less than 30 minutes!

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Need a quick and easy dinner that the whole family will love? This easy rice dish is a flavourful and satisfying one pan wonder that will be a hit with the whole family!


Because of the texture and flavours, my kids call it “chorizo fried rice”. And they will eat every bit, without fail! Although this recipe is made slightly differently to fried rice, it still has a lovely, fluffy consistency and loads of flavour that even the fussiest eaters will enjoy.

Packed full of punchy flavours like tomato, paprika, lime and herbs, this dish is cooked in a covered pan on the stove top in around 20 minutes. So it makes a perfect midweek meal or even a great family freezer meal to save for a busy day.


Chorizo adds a smoky and slightly spicy (but not too spicy for little ones!) depth of incredible flavour to the whole dish.


Add this rice to your family dinner rotation, it is sure to make anyone smile. And why not make a double batch and freeze some for lunches or easy dinners?


Recipe features

  • Quick and easy – you’ll need one pot and less than 30 minutes.
  • Dietary restriction friendly – this recipe is nut free, dairy free and gluten free.
  • Healthy – made from scratch using a mix of pantry and fresh ingredients.
  • Family friendly – mild enough for the whole family to enjoy. Or, increase the heat if you prefer!


What you’ll need

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  • Chorizo – use 1-2 sausages, depending on how much you’d like in your dish. A good quality chorizo will make all the difference to the flavour in this dish.
  • Oil – olive oil or vegetable oil can be used.
  • Onion and garlic.
  • Vegetables – capsicum (bell peppers) for the Spanish flavour, as well as peas and corn.
  • Rice – I use white, long grain rice in this recipe. Basmati rice can also be used. For a healthier option, brown rice can easily be used instead. However, the cooking time will be slightly longer and you may need a little more stock while cooking.
  • Tomato paste – for flavour.
  • Chicken stock – the stock will soak into the rice while cooking, making it fluffy and full of flavour.
  • Spanish rice seasoning – paprika, cumin, chilli powder (optional) and black pepper.
  • Lime wedges and fresh parsley – to serve.
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Step by step instructions


To make Spanish chorizo rice;

  1. In a large pot with a lid, or French pan, fry the chorizo and oil together until the sausage is slightly charred and crisp on the edges.
  2. Remove the chorizo from the pan and set aside on a plate.
  3. The chorizo oil left in the pan is full of flavour, so leave the oil in the pan! Add the garlic, onion, spices and rice and stir over medium heat until the rice becomes slightly clear.
  4. Add the chicken stock, tomato paste and veggies and cover. From here, everything (except the chorizo) cooks together in the pot for about 15 minutes, until the rice is fluffy and we have a perfect, savoury one-pan Spanish rice. Check the rice occasionally. A little sticking to the bottom of the pan is ok, but you may need to add a little more stock or give it a stir to prevent too much sticking.
  5. Return the chorizo to the pan and cover, cooking for a further 2 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the rice covered for a few minutes.

Note: For a spicy rice recipe, add chopped red chilli or chilli and cayenne powder, to taste.

Stir through some fresh, chopped parsley and a squeeze of lime juice and serve with extra lemon or lime wedges.


For an even healthier dish


This dish makes a healthy family meal as is, but for some even healthier options, try these swaps;

  • Brown rice – can be used instead of white. However it will take slightly longer to cook than white rice and more stock may be required to prevent sticking. Allow longer for the rice to cook through before adding the chorizo.
  • Salt reduced chicken stock – to reduce the salt content, salt reduced stock can be used.
  • Black beans – add a can (400 grams) of drained black beans or kidney beans to make the rice go even further- and to add extra nutrients and fibre.
  • Add some chopped fresh tomatoes with the other vegetables.
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Spanish Chorizo Rice

This family-friendly Spanish chorizo rice makes a healthy, filling and affordable meal that everyone will love! Made with charred chorizo sausage, capsicum and Spanish inspired spices, this hearty, flavourful dish all comes together in one pot- in less than 30 minutes!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: healthy, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Spanish chorizo rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Andrea Geddes

Ingredients

  • 1-2 chorizo sausage thinly sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • black pepper
  • chilli powder OPTIONAL- to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 2 capsicum red and yellow, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3-3 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • juice of half a lime

To serve

  • lime wedges
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  • In a large, non-stick frying pan or French pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chorizo slices and fry, until the chorizo has become crispy and browned around the edges. Remove the chorizo from the pan and set aside for later.
  • Leaving the oil from the cooked chorizo in the pan over medium heat, add the onion, garlic, paprika, cumin, pepper and chilli powder and stir until fragrant. Add the rice and stir for a few minutes, until the rice becomes clear.
  • Add the vegetables, stock and tomato paste and stir. Bring to a low simmer.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Cook, covered, for 10-15 minutes, until the rice has almost cooked through. You may need to stir the rice once or twice to prevent sticking. Keep an eye on the amount of stock in the dish, as it will absorb into the rice while cooking. Add a little more, if required.
  • Add the chorizo back into the pan, stir and cover. Turn the heat off and allow to sit, covered, for around 5 minutes.
  • Stir through the lime juice and parsley and serve immediately, with extra lime wedges.

Notes

I use white, long grain rice in this recipe. Basmati rice can also be used. For a healthier option, brown rice can easily be used instead. However, the cooking time will be slightly longer and you may need a little more stock while cooking.
The chicken stock will absorb into the rice as it cooks. Keep an eye on the rice to ensure there is minimal sticking on the bottom of the pan. A little rice catching on the bottom is expected and is ok.
This dish makes a healthy family meal as is, but for some even healthier options, try these swaps;
  • Brown rice – can be used instead of white. However it will take slightly longer to cook than white rice and more stock may be required to prevent sticking. Allow longer for the rice to cook through before adding the chorizo.
  • Salt reduced chicken stock – to reduce the salt content, salt reduced stock can be used.
  • Black beans – add a can (400 grams) of drained black beans or kidney beans to make the rice go even further- and to add extra nutrients and fibre.
  • Add some chopped fresh tomatoes with the other vegetables.
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Nutrition

Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 559mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2018IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg

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Liz McCarthy July 21, 2020 - 4:27 am

5 stars
This is the most delicious and straightforward recipe. My only problem will be knowing when to stop

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Andrea Geddes July 22, 2020 - 2:09 am

Hi Liz! That’s so great to hear, thanks for taking the time to comment! Ha, I can definitely relate to that!! 😀

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