Spiced Calico Rice Recipe
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Spiced Calico Rice Recipe

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Looking for an accompaniment to Mexican food or barbecued chicken? This spicy rice fits the bill (the sour cream is handy for cooling your palate!). When I'm cooking, I head for my spice cupboard often - we like our food zesty!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons picante sauce or salsa
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • Sour cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 187 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 506mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a skillet or saucepan, saute peppers and onion in butter for 3 minutes. Stir in the rice, soup mix, picante or salsa, cumin, garlic, salt and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender. Garnish with sour cream if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Calico Rice in Country Extra May 1993, p47

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fhquilting User ID: 2569371 241098
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"This is a very good dish! I add 1# of hamburger, browned and drained, can of diced tomatoes, 1/2 tsp. chili powder. After it is cooked I spread it in a 9 x 13 pan, sprinkle the top with chopped cilantro, chopped green onions and shredded cheese. Bake uncovered long enough to melt the cheese. It is a wonderful potluck dish! We love it!!"

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