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SPANISH RICE

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. 80/20 ground beef
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Delallo garlic and tomato blend
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 box Pomi chopped tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 C basmati or jasmine rice
  • 2 1/2 C water
  • olive oil
  • Kosher salt/Pepper
  • McCormick Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
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I have been making this Spanish Rice for years! It makes a great side dish, or you can also enjoy just as a meal. It’s one of my Hubby’s favorites. One of my friends on Instagram noted the other day that it reminded her of a stuffed pepper. Yes, exactly. Spanish Rice is definitely similar to a deconstructed stuffed bell pepper!

For a vegetarian version, just eliminate the ground beef. In addition, feel free to substitute white rice with brown rice. If you love serving rice as a side dish, check out my recipes for Mexican Rice and this amazing Jollof Rice. Oh, and I should not leave out my version of Chicken Fried Rice. Hopefully, you will enjoy my version of a classic Asian take-out!

In the time it takes you to prepare the rice, this dish is basically done. So give me about twenty minutes and this fabulous Spanish Rice can be on your dinner table. Leftovers, if there are any, are incredible for up to three days in the fridge.

HOW TO PREPARE SPANISH RICE

In a saucepan, add about a tablespoon of olive oil, the rice and a pinch of kosher salt. I always start my rice using this method. Basically, this technique opens up the rice and allows for better absorption of the liquids, and a shorter cooking time. You are not looking to brown the rice. Add the water and bring to a boil. As soon as the rice starts to boil, turn the heat down very low and place lid. I do check my rice often, and stir on occasion. t should take about fifteen minutes or so, for the rice to fully cook.

A pot of cooked rice for Spanish rice.

As the rice is cooking, start browning the ground beef. Season with kosher salt, black pepper, and the garlic/tomato seasoning. If you do not have the seasoning blend I used from Delallo, you can use a bit of garlic powder. However, I would highly recommend ordering a few of these. I use them a ton in my recipes!

When the ground meat is cooked about halfway, add in the chopped garlic and diced peppers. Allow to soften a few minutes. Add in the chopped tomatoes and a few dashes of crushed red pepper flakes. Taste for additional salt. This is where I usually add a bit more of the seasoning blend and a touch of olive oil. Allow the sauce to simmer for about eight minutes.

Once the sauce is finished. Gently stir in the rice. Taste once again for salt. Serve up this tasty Spanish Rice as a side dish, or even as a meal. ENJOY!

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