Fully Loaded Spanish Rice

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4 servings

This Spanish Rice is a real quickie. Add a salad or some steamed fresh vegetables and, hey, it's dinner.


  • 500 g lean ground beef , chicken or turkey
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 1 small green sweet pepper , chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 2 tsp Mexican chili powder , (or less, to taste)
  • 1 796-mL can tomatoes , (including the juice), puréed in a blender or food processor
  • salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste


  • In a large skillet, combine the ground beef (or whatever), the onion and the green pepper, and cook over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Stir with a wooden spoon to break up the clumps as it’s cooking. Drain off any fat (there shouldn’t be much if you’re using lean meat).
  • Add the rice, chili powder, pureed tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until rice is tender but not mushy.