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