Arroz con Espinacas (Spinach Rice)

Arroz con Espinacas (Spinach Rice)

Rice is a staple in Colombian cuisine, and we have endless variations of rice dishes.

My Mom made this Spinach Rice at least once every other week to accompany her roasted chicken, pork chops, and even steak. This rice dish was a staple in our house for sure. I hated Arroz con Espinacas as a child, but as an adult, I love it! So simple to make and absolutely delicious, it is a rice recipe that goes well with many dishes. It is very tasty with a beautiful contrast of colors.

Buen provecho!



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup of grated onion
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 3 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of spinach, chopped
  • Salt


  1. In a medium pot, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook about 3 minutes or until tender
  2. Add the rice, stir with a wooden spoon to coat well, and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the spinach, broth and salt, bring to a boil, stir and decrease the heat to low.
  4. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  5. Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
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  1. miriam says

    interesting..this dish is eaten in greece, turkey and some the middle east//with the addition of herbs such as leek, dill or parsley and more olive oil, no butter. and lemon squuezed on….did your family have immigrant friends from those countries as this is not typical in colombian/latin cuisine..?

    • Erica says

      Miriam, Colombian Cuisine is very diverse and varies depending on the region of the country and the influence of many immigrant populations like lndigenous, Spanish, African and Arab.

  2. Lynn carter says

    Erica, I made this rice last night with your marinated pork roast (did it in the crockpot, which worked marvelously) and hot chocolate for a casual dinner party, and it was all a HUGE hit. I’m really enjoying your blog and the combinations of flavors that are new and nuanced, but not completely foreign to my family’s taste. The best part is my kids are loving it, too!

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