Spanish Rice with Ground Beef Recipe
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Spanish Rice with Ground Beef Recipe

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I don't know the origin of this recipe, but it's one that has been in my family for a long time. I can remember eating it often as a little girl.—Beverly Austin, Fulton, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 bottle (32 ounces) tomato or vegetable juice
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 206 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 606mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein


  1. In a skillet, brown ground beef; drain. Stir in the onion, green pepper, garlic and chili powder. Cook and stir until the vegetables are tender. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Spanish Rice in Country Ground Beef 1993, p74

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Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"I tried this the other day and it was good. The only thing I would do differently in the future is to use half tomato juice and half water. It really had too much tomato taste for me. I added cheese on top but otherwise did it as written."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"Would use this recipe again. I add cheese on top as I served it. I don't have the juice so l use tomato sauce and rotel"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"I made this dish a few months back, forgot to save it. So I searched and searched and found it again. It is so delicious! I am going to add a bit more V8 juice and more rice to adjust the beef to rice ratio. When I was young and my mom made spanish rice she had lots of mouths to feed so more rice than meat. I may end up reverting to the original if its a mess. I totally recommend this recipe :)"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"Ok so i made this today for dinner, because i had everything in hand eccept tomato juice so i used a 15oz can of tomato sauce and add 15oz of water, it tastes really really good, i added some sofrito i had frozen in a ice cube tray and some sazon seasoning yummmmmm, all i can say is the rice is taking forever to cook,maybe its the substitute of tom sauce maybe i used more than one lb of meat idk, its like some of the rice its tender and some it still crunchy, so I added 3/4cp water (all the liquid had already absorbed)and turned up the heat so im hoping it evens out. But super easy to throw together,tastes great,smellls amazing, just taking a little longer than i hoped to actually be severable. Still five stars because im feeling like the rice not cooking even is my fault ."

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"made this for a party at work and it was a hit! It was really easy. I did change it a little because I use a 46 oz bottle of V8 juice"

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