Monday, April 11, 2011


This recipe is one of my original recipes; it is also one that I could probably "live on" if need be (I like it just that much!!) It is my "go to" recipe when picky-picky husband is grilling some huge slab-o-meat (and I want something a little lighter).

This recipe is also very quick and easy, made with pantry staples and if you double (or triple) it, it would be wonderful for a potluck.

1 cup raw white rice (not instant rice)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
15 oz. can diced tomatoes in juice
1 tomato can of water + ½ cup

4 ounce can of mild green chili's
1 red bell pepper chopped

1 cup red kidney beans

1 small seeded and diced jalapeno (if you love extra heat)

Heat the canola oil, then add the raw rice, onion and spices. Saute this mixture until the onion is transparent and the rice is opaque. Add the red bell pepper, kidney beans, the whole can of diced tomatoes (plus the juice) plus 1 full can of water and another 1/2 cup of water and the mild green chili's (and jalapeno if you are using it....I don't think it's necessary.

Stir well and bring to a boil.

Put a tight fitting lid on the pan and turn the heat down to a slow simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, then turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

NOTE: "Toasting" the spices in the oil/raw rice mixture at the beginning of this recipe really "wakes up" the spices and helps the flavor get deep into the rice.


Denise said...

Looks and sounds delish!!

Jessie said...

that looks so yummy!!!

Michelle Maskaly said...

I'm always looking for new rice dishes - this looks really good, and sounds pretty easy to make.

Ana Powell said...

Great flavours and lovely aspect ♥

teresa said...

i love rice and beans, how tasty!

Only Fish Recipes said...

red rice looks absolutely delicious n flavorful !

Kathleen said...

toasting the rice and spices must really give this rice an amazing flavor! looks delish!!!!

Debbie said...

The flavors in the rice sound very good to me.....

Unknown said...

Mmmm sounds perfect!!

b & b hotels india said...

this Looks and sounds delis.........

oliemommy said...

How many serving to this dish?

Katy ~ said...

I LOVE beans and rice. I am talking forever love. Coleen, I could sit down and eat that whole potful that you made and just smile and smile.