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Spanish Rice with Ground Beef Recipe

Spanish Rice with Ground Beef Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Heavens_IL User ID: 58504 246673
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."

mary12059 User ID: 5311629 240648
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"

Shoozie User ID: 8670595 239886
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 :)"

Hungrymom113 User ID: 8622983 237570
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 ."

parisgirl0812 User ID: 5274426 228106
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"

cballa User ID: 8316135 223970
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2015

"As a first time visitor to this particular site, I must advise you all to ignore the rating given by "motherof3." Just to fill in newcomers like myself (and to you regular readers), what "motherof3" (the low rater) did is rate her own recipe 3 stars while the majority who actually followed the recipe using suggested ingredients and cooking guidelines tended to grant higher ratings. Disregard the three star rating. Rating systems simply don't work if one person changes the recipe by adding ingredients and improperly cooking the food, only to give the whole recipe a poor rating. I'll keep my eye open for any ratings from "motherof3" because I almost didn't choose this recipe until I saw the comment where she didn't even follow this recipe at all. There's a difference in making it your own and creating a totally different meal! The only thing she did remotely following the recipe was use beef and rice--which she didn't even cook the way the recipe suggests! Anyhow, great recipe! Keep it up! If you make it your own, I advise not using the recipe "motherof3" added in her comment No wonder the husband was displeased! Mine gives you five stars, as well! Lovely recipe! I added a little velveeta if anyone wants to give that a shot!"

BBobb12 User ID: 6303003 45257
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"just made this today. pretty good recipe. i added 2-3 Tabls. of chili powder(like it spicy) and one can of black beans , yumm"

RubyWednesday User ID: 7974989 20533
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"This was easy and produced a more flavorful result than the batch I made from my memory of what my mom did 40 years ago. I notice someone gave the recipe only 3 stars but had completely changed it. It's fine to modify a recipe but I don't understand why anyone would give a low rating to a recipe they didn't follow."

JillC. User ID: 3659623 18608
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"I love how easy AND tasty this recipe is!!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 47032
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"Umm, hubby said, "It wasn't terrible." Aren't you glad you haven't been feeding him for 35 years? I added a couple ingredients from a without beef recipe, a bay leaf & 2 teaspoons

beef base, used 23 oz. tomato sauce & cooked the rice separately so it wasn't mush. Served with shredded cheddar cheese. Oh, left out the green pepper & used onion powder. The sauce tasted okay to me."

smilingtooo User ID: 6340208 18594
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"Thank you for sharing this recipe! I've been in search of a new "recipe" since my pressure cooker seal went. I couldn't justifying buying a new one when I only used it for Spanish Rice."

maustonmom User ID: 5423617 44760
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"I also added cumin to the recipe... Delicious!!! Loved by all!"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 17244
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"I've been making Spanish Rice using this recipe for years. Only thing different I do with it is decrease chili powder to less than 1/4 teaspoonful -- a tablespoon is way too much. Make a side salad while rice is simmering, and you are all set."

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