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Beefy Spanish "Rice"

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There are times when you just need to get dinner on the table ASAP and the meal needs to be simple and rib-sticking. Today’s recipe–Beefy Spanish “Rice”–is homestyle comfort food that’s also good for you! It has everything you need; protein, veggies, and lots of seasonings for flavor.

You will notice that the Beefy Spanish “Rice” relies on cans of tomatoes instead of fresh. There’s nothing inherently wrong with canned tomatoes. They are canned at nutritional peak and save big on prep time. They also still contain lots of Vitamins A and C, plus calcium and lycopene, a phytochemical full of antioxidents.

Although many brands of canned tomatoes do contain a lot of sodium, it’s now much easier to find reduced-sodium and sodium-free canned brands.  Glen Muir is a good brand. Always pick reduced-sodium canned foods whenever available–overconsumption of salt is a serious problem in the average American diet. Organic and no-sodium canned foods are the best choice possible.  After all, you can always add salt to a dish, but you cannot take it away.

So withhold the temptation to add salt and try this Beefy Spanish “Rice” recipe just as it’s written. I bet you won’t miss the extra sodium because of all the other tantalizing spices!

Beefy Spanish “Rice”

Adapted from: Taste of Home

Serves: 4


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 med. onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked cauliflower rice
  • Garnishes, such as plain Greek yogurt, salsa, avocado slices, chopped scallions, and black olives.


  1.  In a large nonstick skillet, cook beef, onion and pepper over medium heat (breaking up beef into crumbles) for 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and the onion is tender; drain.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and cumin, chili powder, oregano, garlic powder, cayenne and smoked paprika. Bring skillet to a boil. Add cauliflower rice, stir, cover, and reduce heat to Low and simmer for 10 minutes. stirring occasionally.
    If the dish seems too thick, add some beef or chicken stock, 1/4 cup at a time, to reach the desired consistency.
  3. Serve with desired garnishes. Side dishes could include sliced cucumbers and a simple lettuce salad.

Notes:  Yes, a LOT of spices are used in this dish! But they are all needed. Plus they are all good, basic spices to have in your kitchen. If you are missing some, you can find the best deals on spices at dollar stores and discount stores like Aldi, Target & Walmart.



Photograph via pinterest

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