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Beefy Spanish Rice

This recipe can be altered to fit any taste by adjusting how spicy and saucy you make it. On occasion, I like using ground turkey in place of the beef-or adding leftover spaghetti sauce instead of the tomato paste.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4-6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • French bread


  • In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion, green pepper and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the next eight ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender. Stir in tomato paste and cook until heated through. Serve with French bread.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 273 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 576mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • Theresa
    Dec 18, 2020

    Absolutely love this meal! I substituted flavored (garlic and basil diced tomatoes) for the garlic ??. I’ve been making this for years and the whole family enjoys it. Recommended.

  • gunslinger
    Nov 24, 2020

    Very easy economical comfort food! It was very tasty and filling also!

  • senzascusa
    Feb 16, 2012

    I started making this many years ago as a teenager when I first saw it in Taste of Home. I've basically forgotten about it and tonight my little one had a friend over (they're 5) and this popped into my head for supper. They both loved it and I'm going to start making it regular again!

  • gingerichcook76
    Feb 6, 2011

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  • wendy6076
    Oct 1, 2008

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  • farmgirlc
    Dec 30, 2007

    Great hearty confort food. The grandkids love this after an afternoon of sledding. Serve with a crisp green salad, sour cream, if desired, and salsa.