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Spanish Rice Skillet

When I make my Grandma’s Spanish rice, I always make more than is needed for that meal.  I love to eat the leftovers for days.  I can open the fridge door, pop off the container lid, and eat it cold, right there with a fork…that’s how deep my love for this dish goes.Besides just eating the rice cold out of the fridge, I do love making various skillet dishes with it.  Creating new dishes with leftovers is serious fun.  Yes, feel free to mock me for my warped sense of what fun is. But in all seriousness, I greatly enjoy the challenge of taking one dish and turning it into something else.  It gets boring eating the same thing over and over, and since I have yet to learn to cook on a smaller scale, getting creative is my task.

I do love to cook fancy meals, but I don’t have the time for that level of cooking every night.  I am a busy single mom, I want tasty and nutritious and sometimes, I need fast.  Meals like this one are perfect because everything is done in one pot, prepped and cooked in about 20 minutes (if you have leftover rice, otherwise, add 15 minutes to make the rice from scratch.)

If you don’t have left over Spanish rice, but do have some cooked white rice, message me, I’ll tell you how to turn that into Spanish rice in a pinch. If the beef is really lean and doesn’t render much fat, you might need to add some extra virgin olive oil when it’s time to add the onions and peppers.  If your beef renders a lot of fat, drain most of it off, but leave a bit in the pan to help cook the onions and peppers. This is a very quick yet tasty way to feed your family quickly.  I love the flavor of the Anaheim chili.  It isn’t very spicy…even for me, but a sweet and mild bell pepper can easily be swapped in for the Anaheim chili.

Spanish Rice Skillet

Author: Michelle


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 Anaheim chili; seeded , deveined, and diced
  • 1 small or 1/2 large onion; diced
  • 2 cloves garlic; minced/grated
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups cooked Spanish rice
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese plus a bit more
  • 1 can pinto beans; drained and rinsed
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil; optional


  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat.
  2. When the meat is mostly cooked, drain off any large amounts of rendered fat, or add olive oil if no fat has been rendered.
  3. Add the chili powder and cumin.  Mix well.
  4. Add in the garlic, diced onions, and Anaheim chili pepper.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Incorporate the rice into the meat mixture.
  6. Cook one minute.
  7. Add the canned tomatoes with its juices and the cheese.  Mix well.
  8. Add the beans, salt and pepper.
  9. Gently mix everything together.
  10. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until the beans are warmed through.
  11. Dish up and serve with sprinkled cheese…possibly with some sour cream as well.
Cooking the meat and veggies Mixing in the rice Ready to serve

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  • Reply
    August 18, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I love to makeover leftovers also. It’s nice to not have to cook every night, but just do a few “tweaks” to last night’s meal to make something new, yum!

    • Reply
      August 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Exactly, it makes life a bit easier when you can tweak something and have a whole new dish.

  • Reply
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    February 2, 2015 at 5:01 am

    Yum! This looks amazing! Perfect for an easy dinner!

    • Reply
      February 2, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Thank you Taylor, it does make for an easy dinner.

  • Reply
    Laura @MotherWouldKnow
    February 2, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Although I never called it “Spanish rice” (probably because I don’t come from either Spanish or Mexican heritage) I have often made rice this way and love it. Now I’ve got an easy one-skillet dinner to use the leftovers.

    • Reply
      February 2, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Whatever you call it, it’s delicious! Thanks for stopping by Laura.

  • Reply
    February 2, 2015 at 9:43 am

    What a great idea to take a rice dish to the next level. I love the flavors in there.

    • Reply
      February 2, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Thank you Julia, can’t have any go to waste.

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    Yvonne [Tried and Tasty]
    February 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    This looks delicious, and filling too!

    • Reply
      February 3, 2015 at 11:10 am

      It is delicious and filling, comfort food really.

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    Nutmeg Nanny
    February 3, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    This delicious skillet dish looks amazing! Love all the flavor you packed into this dish.

    • Reply
      February 4, 2015 at 12:48 am

      Thank you so much!!

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