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Spice Baked Rice

 Spice Baked Rice
A close family friend shared this recipe with me years ago. It makes a filling main course or serve it as a side dish with a meaty entree.—Kim Kolb Dague, Huntsville, Alabama
4-6 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups cooked long grain rice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • In a skillet, cook beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat
  • until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the next eight ingredients.
  • Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350°
  • for 35 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 10 minutes
  • longer or until the cheese is melted. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Make Spicy Baked Rice as hot or as mild as you'd like. For extra zest, use Mexican-style stewed tomatoes. If you prefer a little less heat, omit the hot pepper sauce.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 337 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 908 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein.