This recipe filled one of those big stove top dutch oven pots and gave her 2 meals a day for almost the entire week. Luckily for her she truly loved it.
I was always amazed that she still made it on occasion when I was growing up. She use to say; "You would think that I would never want to see Spanish Rice ever again".
My mother currently resides in a nursing home and I always bring some kind of treat when I go to spend time with her. This last visit she asked if I would make her some Spanish rice the next time I come...... all these years later, still one of her favorite meals.
Remember this is a frugal version of Spanish rice, created by a girl with very little money. You can easily add more meat, different spices etc....
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons of oil
3 cups chopped onion(she loves onions)
2 bell peppers chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
1/4 cup ketchup
2 cups long-grain rice
3 cups of water
In a 3 quart dutch oven(big Pot with lid) brown ground beef in oil. Add onion, green bell pepper, salt and pepper.
Cook until onion is tender. Add tomatoes and ketchup; simmer 15 minutes.
Add rice. Cover and simmer 25 minutes, or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Add a little water if necessary.