Growing up, my mom made a version of Spanish rice with ground beef that was hearty enough that it stood on its own as a main dish. During a visit a few years ago, after missing her cooking desperately, I watched her prepare it and jotted down the recipe. (Don't worry, I checked with my mom and she's totally on board with sharing with you!) Serve on a bed of fresh spinach with a side of refried beans. Garnish with fresh diced tomatoes, green onions, cheese, avocado slices, and crushed chile flakes.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in water, rice, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, chili powder, and garlic salt. Cook over high heat until boiling, about 5 minutes.

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  • Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can use ground turkey instead of beef, if preferred.

It's great for leftovers in burritos or as a side dish.

Nutrition Facts

363 calories; protein 19.9g; carbohydrates 46.8g; fat 10.1g; cholesterol 49.6mg; sodium 1463.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (3)

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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2020
Great recipe. Better the 2nd day. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2021
Turned out very well. I used brown rice to make it a little healthier. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2020
Pretty classic. I made half of the recipe so we wouldn't be eating it for days. So I used a small can of tomato sauce and the whole can of diced tomatoes (just drained and use the juice as part of the water.) No garlic salt so substituted about a tsp of garlic powder and one of salt. Read More
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