Need a super easy meal to make on a busy weeknight? This Easy Spanish Rice is just what the doctor ordered! It is so flavorful and I add a zucchini to bump up the veg in this one pan dish!
This Easy Spanish Rice is a one pot meal for even your busiest work day dinner! Add zucchini to this Easy Spanish Rice to help you get your 5 servings of veggies per day!
You know when you have had “one of those days”? Those days when you wish you had stayed in bed because just about everything that could of gone wrong, did?
It’s days like that when you need to have super easy, 30 minute meals in you arsenal! This is one of those meals! One pot, 30 minutes, super filling, low calorie and delicious!!
What you need
- ground beef- or use chicken, turkey, pork or venison
- onion- diced
- garlic- finely minced
- zucchini- cut into chunks. Use a small to medium zucchini
- chili powder – any combination of chilies will work.
- cumin – ground
- coriander – ground
- rice- use any long grain rice that you like. Uncle Ben’s long grain is a good choice.
How to make easy Spanish Rice
- So the method couldn’t be easier. You just need to chop the onion and garlic.
- Then get it into your saute pan to saute for a few minutes with a bit of olive oil.
- Cut the zucchini in chunks however large you would like them.
- Add them to the pan with your ground meat.
- Add the tomatoes, water and spices. Combine. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, or so, depending on rice. Follow the time on the package instructions.
That’s it! You are ready to eat! Serve with a nice salad for some added vege!
I serve this with whatever toppings I have in the house. Sometimes grated cheese, chopped scallions, pickled or fresh jalapeños.
Really, anything you put on tacos can go the Spanish Rice. Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, avocado, even sour cream will work. I always add a bunch of hot sauce, or my Nuclear Hot Pepper Relish!
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Easy Spanish Rice
- Heat olive oil in pan. Add onions and soften a few minutes. Add garlic, zucchini and meat and saute until meat is cooked through.
- Add tomatoes, spices and rice. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, simmer 20 minutes, or according to package instructions.
- Serve with cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, hot sauce, or my Nuclear Jalapeno Hot Pepper Relish!
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Originally Published June 1 2018