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All Recipes, Main Dishes / June 23, 2023

Creamy Rice with Beans & Peppers | HEALTHY & Delicious Spanish Recipe

This Creamy Rice with Beans & Peppers, known in Spain as Arroz Meloso con Alubias y Pimientos, is truly what classic Spanish food is all about. It´s made with heart-healthy ingredients, packed with flavors and all done in just 40 minutes.

Creamy Rice with Beans & Peppers
You can serve this rice dish as a main course or even as a side dish, next to some grilled fish and a garden salad. Either way, enjoy this dish with a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for the ultimate dining experience.

Creamy Rice with Beans & Peppers
To make this recipe I used Spanish round rice. Which is the one that is typically used to make paella. You can substitute it for any type of short-grain rice or even arborio rice. The famous Italian rice that´s used to make risotto.

Creamy Rice with Beans & Peppers

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Once you add the liquid into the pan, mix the rice every 2 to 3 minutes. This will help release the starch in the rice, which is what gives this dish that beautiful creamy texture.

Creamy Rice with Beans & Peppers

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Creamy Rice with Beans & Peppers
5 from 4 votes

Creamy Spanish Rice with Beans & Peppers

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 476 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.25 grams
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cup Spanish round rice 200 grams
  • 15.5 oz can white beans 440 grams
  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1 liter
  • 1/2 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • fresh parsley


  1. Add the broth into a sauce pan, pinch in the saffron and heat with a medium heat

  2. Meanwhile, roughly chop the onion, cut the cloves of garlic into large chunks and the red bell peppers into bite-sized pieces

  3. Heat a large fry pan or stock pot with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  4. After a couple of minutes add in the chopped vegetables, mix with the olive oil, after 5 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the tomatoes finely grated and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and then simmer

  5. Once the grated tomato has thickened, about 3 minutes, add in the rice, continue to mix together, after 2 minutes add in the canned white beans (drained & rinsed) and the saffron infused broth, mix every 2 to 3 minutes to help release the starch from the rice

  6. After 15 to 18 minutes and the rice is just cooked through and there is still plenty of broth left, remove from the heat and place a lid on the pan, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then transfrer into shallow bowls and garnish with fresh parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Spanish Rice with Beans & Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 476 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 719mg31%
Potassium 864mg25%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 2875IU58%
Vitamin C 88mg107%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Michele

    5 stars
    This turned out perfectly! Spanish partner and half-Spanish kids really enjoyed it and said it reminded them of paella. Thank you for a great recipe!

    06 . Dec . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      06 . Dec . 2023
  2. Eileen Gamble-Deacon

    5 stars
    So tasty we really enjoyed this can’t wait to try your other recipes they all look delicious

    12 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      12 . Jul . 2023
  3. Camilla davies

    This was by far the best Spanish rice dish I’ve made so far. Thank you! It will be one of my favourites to make.

    30 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      30 . Jun . 2023
  4. Ulrich

    5 stars
    We made this recipe and had to replace beans with chick peas. It worked surprisingly well. Much love and respect Ulrich

    27 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      27 . Jun . 2023
  5. Caroline

    Can this be made using less oil?

    24 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely, the olive oil is the base fat of the dish and helps give it a bigger depth of flavor, however, you can add less if you like 🙂 Much love

      25 . Jun . 2023
  6. Iris Pema

    Thank you for sharing your great cooking!

    24 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment! Much love 🙂

      25 . Jun . 2023
  7. Sandy Fothergill-Robinson





    24 . Jun . 2023
  8. bonnie warner

    This looks delicious! Would you be able to freeze it?

    23 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes you can, you will just need to add in more liquid when reheating to get that creamy texture back 🙂 Much love

      23 . Jun . 2023
  9. Neil

    5 stars
    this is just a general 5 star rating as i love the simplicity of so many recipies…

    23 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Appreciate the comment! Much love 🙂

      23 . Jun . 2023
  10. Ramya

    Csnt wait to make this soon for me can i skip red bell peppers as am not a big fan of red bell peppers i never had creamy rice with beans and peppers before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    23 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      23 . Jun . 2023

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