Mom's Spanish Rice Recipe
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Mom's Spanish Rice Recipe

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My mom is famous for her Spanish rice, the ultimate comfort food. When I want a taste of home, I pull out this recipe. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-2/3 cups cooked brown rice

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 395 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 757mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 6g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and pepper over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, tomatoes and seasonings; bring to a boil. Add rice; heat through, stirring occasionally. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Spanish Rice in Taste of Home December 2014, p30

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annrms User ID: 2649709 264167
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2017

"Delicious, super fast recipe. Made it for my mom to serve to company. Course, I had to taste it to make sure it was betcha!!! I used tri-color bell pepper instead of green, and added a touch of crushed red pepper. Passed grated cheese at the table. She used leftovers as a base for a frittata!!"

mem2094 User ID: 6443870 252724
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"It tasted very bland, like it was missing something, maybe more salt or more of the seasonings. I followed the recipe but I didn't like it."

laceyest User ID: 3475325 248342
Reviewed May. 17, 2016

"This is similar to my recipe only I fry bacon, cook the hamburger and veggies in the bacon fat, stir in crumbled bacon at the end. I use this mixture in my stuffed cabbage and stuffed peppers. Delicious."

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 213886
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"This recipe is outstanding! It was quick and easy to make and tasted absolutely delicious. I can't wait to make it again!"

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