Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice

This is one of my go-to recipes during a busy week.  It is simple and filling.  You can make it "as-is" or add lots of toppings and sides and turn it into a "bar" type dish.  I have made this for company and added sides like cheese, chopped onion, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, shredded lettuce, guacamole, hot sauces etc.. Then I set out warm corn tortillas and corn chips and everyone can decide how they would like to "build" their own plate!  If you add a salad you are set for a crowd. 


Spanish Rice:

3 TB  Olive Oil
1/4 large  White Onion  -chopped
1/2 large  Green pepper  -chopped
2 tsp.  Garlic   -chopped/minced
1/2 lb.   Ground meat  (beef, turkey, chicken, meat substitute)
1 1/2 Cups  Spaghetti Sauce (homemade or favorite jarred)
3/4 Cups  Water (or broth)
3 Cups  Brown Rice (cooked)
1 Cup  Spanish Olives (chopped)
1/4 Cup  Sugar (or preferred sweetener to taste)
2 tsp.  Sea Salt
3 TB  Chili Powder
1/4 tsp  Chipotle Powder (omit if sensitive to spicy foods)
Pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in large skillet.  Add onion, green pepper and garlic and saute until tender.  Add ground meat and cook until browned.  Add spaghetti sauce and water to meat mixture, stir until combined.  Add cooked brown rice, Spanish olives, sugar, salt, chili powder, chipotle powder and pepper (to taste).  Stir until well mixed and simmer at low heat for 10-15 minutes.  Top with favorite topping and any extras.  Enjoy!


  1. This is SO GOOD!! I love Spanish Rice... : )

  2. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

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