Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipe: Easy Spanish Rice

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Finding a gluten-free slow cooker recipe can be a challenge.  This Spanish rice recipe is one of my favorite busy night meals. It’s inexpensive, healthy and gluten-free which makes it a favorite of mine.  This recipe is fairly versatile. So, you can change it up a bit depending on what you have in the refrigerator.  

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipe: Easy Spanish Rice

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Recipe

This is one of the easiest gluten free Crockpot meals for kids you can find. Spanish rice has always been a huge favorite in our house. We prep for dinner like we would for a taco bar. We keep the condiments separate. So, you will want to place little bowls with sour cream, olives, guacamole, shredded cheese, chopped onions, and extra salsa. That way, everyone can add whatever toppings they want to their Spanish rice.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alexandra-guarnaschelli/stuffed-poblano-peppers-3185125

So, while the ingredients I chose are all gluten-free, you will want to read the ingredients you choose carefully. Sometimes, manufacturers will add gluten in very unexpected places. But, if you choose whole foods, you should have no problem at all.

So, while I used ground beef, you could use ground chicken, turkey sausage, or pork instead.  If you’re looking for gluten-free vegetarian slow cooker recipes, you could leave the meat out entirely and make it vegetarian Spanish rice. Instead of the tomato sauce, you could use diced tomatoes or chopped tomatoes with added water. If it were summer, I would add in fresh chopped peppers and onions.

 

Gluten-free dairy-free Crock Pot recipes

I know that not everyone wants the added dairy in their meal. My daughter is lactose intolerant so if she’s going to be having dinner with us, cheese is definitely a challenge. So, if you need this recipe to be dairy-free, you can substitute a soy-based “cheese” instead. You’ll need to experiment to find one that melts well for you. But, I have had great luck with Daiya when making this allergy-friendly broccoli au gratin.

ground beef

Instant Pot Spanish Rice recipe

I know that the Instant Pot is a hot kitchen appliance right now. So, while gluten-free slow cooker recipes have to cook all day, Instant Pot recipes are done much more quickly. If you want to make this Spanish rice recipe in the Instant Pot, you can do that as well. You simply need to saute the ground beef, add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot, seal it, and cook for 10 minutes. Then, do a natural release for 5 minutes followed by a quick release. Fluff the Spanish rice with a fork and you are ready for dinner.

guacamole and chips

What should I serve with Spanish rice?

Because we add meat to our Spanish rice, we consider it to be a complete meal. If you don’t add meat to yours, you can serve it with whatever your favorite protein is. And, you can also have a side salad to round out the meal. A few other ideas you might like include chips and guacamole or stuffed poblano peppers.

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipe: Easy Spanish Rice

How to store leftover Spanish rice

So, with my hungry family, we don’t often have leftovers. But, if you’re wondering how to store leftover Spanish rice, just put it in a glass storage bowl with a tight fitting lid. It should stay good in the refrigerator for three to four days.

If you want to freeze this gluten-free slow cooker recipe to enjoy in the future, just place the container in the freezer for up to six months. You may need to add a little water or butter when you heat it up.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free slow cooker recipe book, you might want to check out The Gluten-Free Cookbook for Slow Cookers or Paleo Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes. Or, check out the Gluten Free Instant Pot Cookbook.

I'm sharing these tips for using your slow cooker because on a busy night, your slow cooker is a life saver.

Using a slow cooker is a great way to have a healthy meal on the table without a lot of prep at dinner time. So, if you’re new to slow cooker cooking, check out these tips for using your slow cooker effectively. There are lots of healthy gluten-free slow cooker recipes.

Looking for more gluten-free recipes? Try this gluten-free Asian sauce for beef stir fry. If you want a delicious slow cooker dessert, try my Crock Pot flan recipe. You won’t believe how easy it is.

Yield: 4

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipe: Easy Spanish Rice

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipe: Easy Spanish Rice

You will love this easy gluten-free slow cooker Spanish rice recipe!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds ground chuck
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • Pepper Jack & Cheddar Cheese to top

Instructions

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alexandra-guarnaschelli/stuffed-poblano-peppers-3185125

Fry the ground beef.

Place everything in slow cooker.

Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours. Check frequently, adding water if needed.

Serve and top with shredded cheese, sour cream, and guacamole if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 569 Total Fat: 30g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 151mg Sodium: 1329mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g Protein: 49g

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Comments

  1. Looks delicious!!!
  2. You are making me hungry! This looks so good! YUM!!!!
  3. Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers) says
    What a great recipe for a cold winter night! I am going to have to try this later in the week.
  4. Mama to 5 BLessings says
    This looks great! Rice is so much easier to cook in a slow cooker! 
  5. Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom says
    I had no idea that it can be THAT easy to make spanish rice... YUMMM.. love the recipe and sooo will have to try it; I have all the ingredients in the house..thanks for sharing
  6. Amber Edwards says
    We are big fans of Spanish rice. Well, just about any rice dish actually. I love the use of brown rice in your Spanish rice dish. 
  7. This looks good. My kids love Spanish Rice and I like that my whole family could enjoy this recipe.
  8. That came out of a slow cooker!? It looks amazing!! I am going to have to try your recipe!
  9. Rachael Ebner says
    This GF Spanish rice recipe looks delicious. I love that you can do it in a slow cooker. I avoid gluten as much as possible.
  10. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations says
    Mmmm, I can taste this already. Looks so good.  :) I'd make mine extra spicy. :)
  11. Love rice!! This looks great and even better that it can be done in the slow cooker!
  12. That looks so good! I love slow cooker meals!
  13. Yum! I have never made Spanish Rice in the slow cooker. This looks great. 
  14. Michele Brosius says
    I am always looking for good crock pot recipes to try. I bet my family would enjoy this!
  15. Two of my favorite cheeses are Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar cheese. I bet this rice is really great. :)
  16. rice is a staple in our house. i hadn't a clue you could make it in the crock pot!!
  17. Wow, this looks so good. And I love that you made it in the slow cooker. Pinning this to try, really soon!!
  18. That looks so good. I have a rice cooker so I haven't ever tried to make it in a slow cooker. I'll have to try this. 
  19. I love spanish rice! The rice and beans are my favorite part of Mexican restaurants.
  20. This looks so good!
  21. Liza @ Views From the 'Ville says
    This looks so tasty!  And I love that it's done in a slow cooker.  I've never added olives to my Spanish rice before, but it makes perfect sense.  Definitely going to give it a try!
  22. Sounds delicious! I'll have to give this one a try.
  23. I love my slow cooker but have yet to try rice so i'll have to give it a whirl.
  24. Spanish rice with cheddar cheese is a favorite of mine.

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