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Spiced Calico Rice

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Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6-8 servings

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!


  • 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


  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.

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  • 2124arizona
    Jul 8, 2017

    This goes well with Mexican lasagna or enchilada casserole!! We love the fresh teate.

  • fhquilting
    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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    Jul 12, 2012

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  • GailJay
    Apr 1, 2011

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