Beefy Spanish Rice Recipe
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Beefy Spanish Rice Recipe

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This recipe can be altered to fit any taste by adjusting how spicy and saucy you make it. On occasion, I like using ground turkey in place of the beef-or adding leftover spaghetti sauce instead of the tomato paste.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • French bread

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 273 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 576mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion, green pepper and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the next eight ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender. Stir in tomato paste and cook until heated through. Serve with French bread. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Beefy Spanish Rice in Country Woman January/February 1995, p37

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senzascusa User ID: 2756822 11058
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"I started making this many years ago as a teenager when I first saw it in Taste of Home. I've basically forgotten about it and tonight my little one had a friend over (they're 5) and this popped into my head for supper. They both loved it and I'm going to start making it regular again!"

farmgirlc User ID: 154169 10600
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2007

"Great hearty confort food. The grandkids love this after an afternoon of sledding. Serve with a crisp green salad, sour cream, if desired, and salsa."

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