My all time favorite go to meal…Beef and Rice!!! It is so quick and easy and can be made so many different ways. The possibilities are endless. This version you see here has red bell pepper and onion and is flavored with the absolutely amazing Northwoods Seasoning blend from Penzeys Spices and just a smidge of smoked paprika. I’ve also swapped some to all of the rice out with cauliflower rice on many occasions and have had it turn out just as tasty if not better! This meal hits the spot time and again that’s for sure!!! It just never gets old! Try it out for yourselves and let me know how it turned out. Share your own variation in the comments below.
Pour one TBS oil of your choice (olive, canola, vegetable) into sauté pan and sweat the onion and bell pepper. Add ground beef (typically 3/4 – 1lb.) and cook through. If the ground beef yields a lot of grease, remove as much as possible so it’s not swimming but leave enough to coat the pan. Then I add rice (typically x3 cups). Stir dry rice and meat/veggie mixture thoroughly and often until the rice is coated and begins to brown ever so slightly (similar to what you would do when following the instructions on a Rice A Roni package). The rice may begin to stick to the pan and that’s ok once you add the liquid it will be easier to stir without sticking. Add liquids. I usually replace one cup of water with a beef or chicken broth for added flavor. So one cup broth and x2 cups water. Season at this point with your favorite seasoning(s). I also add any additional veggies at this point too (i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, whatever you wish). Cover the pan and let simmer stirring occasionally for 5-7 minutes or until the rice is cooked through. Add a couple pats of butter and viola!