Southwestern Rice Recipe
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Southwestern Rice Recipe

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"I created this zippy side dish after eating something similar at a restaurant. It complements any Tex-Mex meal wonderfully," writes Michelle Dennis of Clarks Hill, Indiana. "Sometimes I add cubes of grilled chicken breast to the rice to make it a meal in itself."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn, thawed

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 198 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 339mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 5g fiber), 7g protein


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute green pepper and onion in oil for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, rice, cumin and turmeric; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender. Add the beans, tomatoes and corn; heat through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Rice in Light & Tasty June/July 2002, p20

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Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"My son was eating this in a bowl by itself he enjoyed it that much. Went well with our chicken fajitas and jicama slaw with peanut recipes."

Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"This rice is really tasty. The only thing I changed is I used a 15 oz. can of petite diced tomatoes and a 4 oz. can of mild chilies. It was easy and tasted great. I'll definitely be making this again. It was even better the next day. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

"It is easy to make and it tasted delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2009

"june/july 2006"

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2008

"I do most of cooking at our house. I find the "Nutrition Facts" very useful with my wife and daughter both on a diet."

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