The Country Cook: Spanish-Style Rice
                                                   

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spanish-Style Rice

My Mom, Rebecca, but don't call her that, she likes to go by her middle name, Anne. Why? I don't know, Rebecca is beautiful but she says too many people wanted to call her Becky, was born in Brewton, Alabama and her folks later moved to the Florida panhandle (where she would later meet my Dad). That was a big 'ole run-on sentence, huh? She learned how to make this rice in her Home Economics class at J.M. Tate High School in Cantonment, Florida. Should I say it was back in the 60's? Little did she know at that time that she would be making it for her babies just a few years later. Thank you to my Momma's Home Economics teacher if you are reading this. God works in mysterious ways folks, never doubt that.

I just love the smell of this when it is cooking. There is just something about the smell of green peppers, onion and ground beef cooking that instantly takes me back to my Mom's kitchen.  Smells have a way of doing that, don't they? They can trigger a memory and instantly put you back in that certain place or time. I suppose that is why so many of us like to recreate the dishes of our childhood.  We like to remember those days of hanging out with our parents and being carefree and young. This dish is simple but a great addition to mealtime and it is 
perfect for leftovers the next day.
Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
4 cups, prepared white rice
1 green pepper, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Directions:
In a large stock pot, add ground beef, green peppers and onion over medium high heat. Add a dash of salt and pepper to mixture. Cook until ground beef is brown and crumbled and veggies are tender. Drain excess grease. Put ground beef mixture back into stock pot. Add prepared rice and can of tomato sauce. Stir until thoroughly combined and heated through. Taste and check for seasonings at this point. I usually feel it needs just a bit more salt & pepper.  Turn off heat and add cheese (if using) until melted. Stir mixture to combine and serve.

Cook’s Note:  My Mom occasionally adds cheese to her rice to make it a bit more gooey and yummy.  If you are using boil-in-the-bag rice, you will need 2 bags of rice for this recipe. 
2 cups of dry rice will make 4 cups prepared.  To reheat: put a cup or so of rice into a microwaveable-safe bowl. Sprinkle with about a tbsp. of water or chicken broth. Cover with paper towel and heat for about 1 minute. Stir to make sure it is evenly warmed through. Microwave for additional 20-30 seconds if necessary.

Enjoy!

I love to serve this rice with my Taco Bake!

52 comments :

  1. I know what you mean! I love making dishes that my mom used to make. It just makes you happy doesn't it? So comforting and familiar. This rice looks outstanding. I will have to try it very soon!

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  2. It's amazing how certain smells can remind you of home. Unfortunately burnt popcorn reminds me of my moms cooking!

    The rice looks great!

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  3. Oh Elizabeth - you have me laughing out loud at that comment!! Bless her heart! All Moms have their strengths and weaknesses, right? :o

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  4. I love love Spanish rice. This looks great! I would have to do ground Turkey dont-cha know but this just sounds perfect. Home Economics, we love you.

    P.S. I like Rebecca too:)

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  5. Looks delicious!
    I used to work with someone that went to Tate! She graduated in the early 80's. Small world!
    Thanks again for sharing! This is one of my little boy's favorite recipes.

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  6. I can smell the peppers, onion and beef cooking from here. There's just not a lot that smells better than that combo. My husband is going to looooove this recipe. He loves Spanish rice in the restaurants and he loves it when it's not so "tomato-ey". Yours appears to be just "tomato-ey" enough for him. I have never attempted it at home but with your recipe now, I am going to surprise him. Thank you!

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  7. You've given me another recipe I can't wait to try! I'm printing it right now. Thanks for sharing.
    Jennifer

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  8. I still have some recipes from my own home ec class that I had in high school over a decade ago. It would be funny to think of my daughter posting on them in a few years, but when you've got a winner recipe you keep it! This spanish rice looks great.

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  9. Wonderful tasty dish Brandy! I love how you made it, you would make your mom proud!

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  10. Yum, I bet this smells great when its cookin! Great recipe!! : )

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  11. Love spanish rice, look delicious! gloria

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  12. Speaking of our mother's names... my mom's name is Roxane which is beautiful on it's own but since she's a belly dancer she goes by Roxannah to sound more exotic. Haha! I love it! Spanish rice is one of those things that makes my stomach hurt just thinking of it. You know when you get drunk off a certain alcohol and can't stand the smell or sight of it? Spanish rice does that for me. I stuff myself off the stuff at my favorite Mexican restaurant and the stomach ache lingers in my mind for months. It's still lingering. In another month or so I'll be ready to give this a try!

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  13. In our home the magic smell is garlic and onions sauteing in olive oil. Love this recipe. Had many variations of it and your looks delicious, too!

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  14. That looks so delicious. My daughter will love it. Thanks Mom Rebecca/Anne.

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  15. I haven't made Spanish style rice in years...and have forgotten all about it. My children used to love it when they were little.
    Love your recipe, and it turned out so yummy... Great side dish, as well!

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  16. Been looking for a spainish rice recipe for a long time! This one is going on my week-end menu! Thank you

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  17. Well, if 3 generations like this, it's got to be wonderful! I'd definitely add the cheese...so yummy!

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  18. Mmmm! That looks good; I'm all about one-dish meals!

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  19. YUM! I always buy Uncle Ben's Spanish Rice, which makes me feel like I'm cheating in the kitchen...so I should try this!!!

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  20. I really wish my hubby enjoyed rice more. This dish looks lovely and comforting.
    :-) Mandy

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  21. Great looking rice, and childhood memories:) My name is Rebecca Ann, but I go by several names. My friends call me Becky, my family calls me Beck, and when I was working I was Rebecca.

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  22. I haven't made this in years either. I guess I usually turn to pasta . . . but I think I know what's for an easy dinner tonight. It will comforting after -- can you believe it? -- another day of snow! And it's laying!!!

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  23. This looks so yummy! I love Spanish rice. Thank you for posting.

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  24. Oh dear, I could eat Spanish Rice until I turned into a blimp. I seriously love the stuff.

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  25. Oh, how I love Spanish Rice!! One can never have too many rice recipes, this one is added to my file!!

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  26. This sounds so good! Thank you for sharing!

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  27. This looks so delicious! Stopping by from TT&J!

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  28. Oooo, I just found this recipe yesterday and here I am making it tonight! Looks so yummy! I'm serving it up as dinner with chips and homemade guacamole. THANKS!

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  29. That's great Jennifer. I really hope you like it. It's such a simple recipe but it is total comfort food for me. And guacamole sounds so good too!

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  30. Hola, soy española-andaluza(sevilla) y nosotros no hacemos el arroz asi.
    Hacemos primero el sofrito de todas las verduras,cuando esten doradas, añadimos la carne picada , y por ultimo añadimos un poco de agua,cuando empiece a hervir añadimos el arroz.
    probarlo, ya e lo diras.
    un abrazo desde España

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  31. Hola Josefina. Muchas gracias por sus comentarios. Y gracias por el gran consejo. Estoy definitivamente va a intentar eso. Es así que encantado de conocerte!

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  32. I add a couple of pieces of bacon to my ground beef while it is cooking. Mmm mmm good!

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  33. Brandie, This is the EXACT recipe my sweet mama used for what she called "spanish rice" while we were growing up :) We still love it and now we fix it for our kids! I have never seen the recipe anywhere else, or heard anyone else call it "spanish rice". Maybe it's a southern thing. My mom grew up in Texas, a bit before yours, as she was a teen in the 40's. I just LOVE your blog and will be visiting A LOT to try your recipes :) I believe it was a God thing finding you today :)

    Blessings!

    Debbie
    robydeb@aol.com

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  34. I just found your blog today via pinterest. We are having your taco bake. Anywho MY DAS IS FROM BREWTON!!! He was born in the early 50's! He drove the school bus his senior year of high school!! Ha!! Small world!

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  35. Just found this via pintrest & looks great. I'm from the uk so we tend to have different names for things like mince rather than ground beef. What is tomato sauce? Is it like a pasta sause i.e. seasoned with herbs etc or more like passata (sieved tomatos)?

    Thanks

    Jo

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  36. My mama grew up in Andalusia which is just a stone's throw away from Brewton! She used to make this too ~ the leftovers would go into a thermos for my school lunch the next day (yes I was one of those children that would take their lunch to school and my friends all wanted it).

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  37. so glad I found this recipe!!.Grow up in Pensacola...grad from PHS, I stil have family in Cantoment and Brewton...lol

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  38. My grandmother used to make this when I was a child. My mother also made it when I was growing up and everyone always loved it! Our recipe uses tomato paste in the place of the tomato sauce and I sometimes add Rotel tomatoes and hot peppers! Great recipe!
    My grandmother lived in Monroeville and I still have family there as well as Brewton, AL! All over that area of AL!
    Shelly
    Lanett, AL

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  39. I grew up with this "Spanish Rice" in Alabama and Florida. So, that's what I cook, however, here in New Mexico this is NOT spanish rice, and believe me, I get told!!! LOL!! I will not change to their's because it's basically just rice, tomato sauce and seasoning. Not the same.

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  40. Small world.....I lived in that area of Alabama and in the panhandle of Florida (near Marianna) during that time as well. Maybe we crossed paths! Thanks for all the recipes, they are great and I like to cook food I can actually pronounce and find in the grocery store!

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  41. If you add just about a tablespoon of bacon grease to the Spanish rice, it makes it much more flavorful and rich.

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  42. Garlic makes any Spanish rice so delicious!!

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  43. Hi Brandie, I am 81 years old, and this is what my mom used to make for our family when I was growing up. The late 30s were hard years in a lot of ways, and this was something we could always afford to make. I have been looking for a recipe that sounded like my mom's, and this seems to fit the bill. I will make it soon. Thanks for posting it, brings back a lot of memories. And I agree, the smell of something cooking in the kitchen is always great.

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  44. Moe, I just loved reading your comment! I am so thrilled that this recipe brings back some good memories for you. I hope it tastes exactly like you remember!

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  45. I'm very excited to try this with the Taco Bake for dinner tonight!!! Also, my name is Rebecca Anne too!!!! haha! Your mom must be awesome because she has such and awesome name! ;)

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  46. Have you made this without the beef? I am thinking of making it meat-less as a side dish to your taco bake.

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  47. Growing up in the sixties, our mom used to make Spanish rice quite often and I continue making it the same way today. After browning the meat, peppers and onion in a large frying pan with a lid, I add stir in a can of tomato soup and about a third of a can of water. I then sprinkle about one cup of instant rice over the top and give it a little stir to mix it in. Then finally cover with the lid and let it simmer a good 15 to 20 minutes. Continuing with the family tradition, I always cook up some sweet petite peas as a side. They taste great together....

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  48. If I'd had a daughter, I would have sworn she had written this! My name is Rebecca Ann, and I, too learned how to make stuffed peppers in home-ec in the 60's! It must have been in every home-ec teachers' library, because the recipe looks exactly like the one we made (and the one I still make!)
    Thanks for the smile and a reminder of the yummy recipe!.

    Becky

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  49. So glad this recipe brought back many wonderful memories. It is a wonderfully delicious recipe.

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  50. My mom made this but also added breakfast sausage to the ground beef; just skinned the sausage and mixed it into the ground beef but everything else is the same. I didn't realize it was a real recipe I thought it was something my mom just cooked up. The only other difference is she put it in a baking dish and baked for 1/2 hour or so.

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