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All Recipes, Main Dishes / November 7, 2022

Spanish Poor Man´s Rice | An ICONIC Recipe Filled with Spanish Soul

This Spanish Poor Man´s Rice, known as Arroz a lo Pobre, is what humble and delicious food is all about. Its packed with flavors, made with simple everyday ingredients and comes together in about 30 minutes.

Spanish Poor Man´s Rice
This recipe dates back a couple hundred years and comes from ¨La Cocina Pobre¨, the poor kitchen. As peasants would create rice dishes just like this one, that where affordable, healthy and filled your body with so much goodness.

Spanish Poor Man´s Rice
You can serve this rice as a side dish next to some grilled shrimp or even as a main course. Either way, serve it next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for an instant trip to beautiful España.

Spanish Poor Man´s Rice

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: For this recipe I used long grain rice. But you can also use short grain, basmati or even arborio rice. Just make sure to check the package instruction so your rice to liquid ratios are correct.

Spanish Poor Man´s Rice

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make Spanish Poor Man´s Rice

Spanish Poor Man´s Rice | Arroz a lo Pobre

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 416 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 35 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 15.5 oz can chickpeas 440 grams
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .5 grams
  • 2 cups vegetable broth 480 ml
  • 1 cup long grain rice 190 grams
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Add the broth into a sauce pan, along with the sprig of rosemary, heat with a medium heat

  2. At the same time, heat a large fry pan with a medium heat

  3. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic, finely chop the red & green bell peppers, finely chop the carrot (peeled) and finely grate the tomatoes

  4. Add in the olive oil into the hot pan, along with all the chopped vegetables (except for the grated tomatoes), mix the vegetables around so they´re coated in the olive oil, saute for 4 to 5 minutes, then add in the paprika and thyme, quickly mix together, then add in the grated tomato and simmer

  5. Meanwhile, rinse the rice and drain the chickpeas and rinse as well

  6. After 3 to 4 minutes and the grated tomato has slightly thickened, add in the rice, chickpeas and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together until well mixed

  7. Remove the sprig of rosemary from the hot broth and pour the broth into the fry pan, give it one final mix, then place a lid over the pan and lower to a low-medium heat

  8. After about 15 minutes and there is no broth left, remove from the heat, using a fork fluff the rice, then transfer into serving dishes, garnish with sliced hard boiled eggs and fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Poor Man´s Rice | Arroz a lo Pobre
Amount Per Serving
Calories 416 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 826mg36%
Potassium 603mg17%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 4751IU95%
Vitamin C 74mg90%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Ramya

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

    07 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      09 . Nov . 2022

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