Meaty Spanish Rice Recipe
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Meaty Spanish Rice Recipe

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Meet the Cook: My "policy" in the kitchen is to try to fix something totally new at least once a week. This recipe came out beautifully on the first try! Ever since, in between experiments, I've made it often. I usually fix Meaty Spanish Rice for family meals - but it's also great for doubling if unexpected company comes and the cupboards are all nearly bare! My husband and I own a small engine repair service. Someday soon, we plan to retire to the farm 70 miles west of here that we also operate. We have three grown children and five grandchildren - and I spend as much time with those little ones as I can! -Margaret Shauers, Great Bend, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • Black pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 300 calories, 14g fat (0 saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 379mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 meat, 1-3/4 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the ground turkey, onion and green pepper; cook until meat is brown and vegetables are tender. Add all of the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 30 minutes. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Meaty Spanish Rice in Country Woman January/February 1991, p33

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Marazoe User ID: 7243754 246112
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"I'm not a big fan of ground turkey, but I sometimes find it for super cheap on clearance. I always make this when I have turkey."

Trilby Yost User ID: 5195621 37053
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2010

"I use very lean ground beef because my husband doesn't like ground turkey."

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