Review of Old El Paso Spanish Rice

My wife was in the mood for tacos yesterday and, since it happened to be Taco Tuesday, she ended up stopping off at the store to pick up the stuff to make them. In addition to buying taco shells and seasoning, she also ended up buying a box of Old El Paso Spanish Rice to serve as a side dish.

I had seen this boxed product at our local grocery stores before but had never purchased it (or, at least I don't remember buying it). And, as a result of that, I wasn't really sure what to expect from it. But, as it turns out, it ended up being pretty decent.


I ended up picking mulberries when I got home and wasn't in the house when my wife prepared this item. As a result of that, I honestly couldn't tell you how much work it required. However, my wife did not seem stressed  (as sometimes happens when she's cooking) when I came back inside the house and, based on that, I can safely assume the instructions were easy to follow and it wasn't overly difficult to prepare.

She prepared this product on the stove and, when I first saw it (after it had been cooling on our counter for a few minutes), I thought it looked a little watery. But, other than that, I honestly had no complaints about this product.

One of my biggest concerns when I tried this (which is why I only took a little to start) was it would be over-seasoned or too spicy. That, however, was not the case. The rice had a good flavor. It had a kick that complemented the tacos but it wasn't overly spicy to the point I couldn't eat it or it upset my stomach.

It definitely wasn't as good as homemade Spanish rice. But, for an easy-to-make boxed version, it was more than acceptable overall and I would recommend it as a result.

My Grade: B

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