Mexican food is delicious, but often poses problems. Since a fair amount available in restaurants is either fried or contains a lot of beans, it can be hard to find Mexican food that I can eat. This is my grandma’s recipe and a staple at our home. Nobody has ever written it down before, it’s just been taught to one person by another. Because of this, most of these measurements are approximations, but are very close. This meal has meat in it, which makes it a well rounded main dish, but I’m sure could be made without to turn it into a side dish. We always eat this with corn, but it would go well with many side dishes. This recipe is naturally gluten free - details below.
- 1 lb of ground beef [ground turkey or tofu could work as well]
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 1/4 cup rice
- 2 1/2 cup water [water should be twice the rice]
- 6oz can of tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
[for those gluten free: Worcestershire sauce may be gluten free depending on the brand]
- Place a large pan on medium heat and add meat, garlic, salt and pepper. Break meat into small pieces as it’s cooking. Saute meat until cooked all the way through, about 6-8 minutes.
- Push meat to one side of the pan and pour chopped bell pepper and onion into the open space. Saute vegetables about 5 minutes, or until soft, turning every so often.
- Mix the meat and vegetables together, then push to the side again. Pour in rice in the open space and cook for 2-3 minutes. Mix the rice with the meat and vegetables and cook another 2-3 minutes.
- Add tomato paste, water, and Worcestershire sauce. Place the flat side of a spatula parallel to the pan and move in circles to mix together everything in the pan. Put a lid on, bring to a boil [about 4-5 minutes], then simmer. Stir every 3 - 4 minutes so that the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- If the rice is still not fully cooked after about 20 minutes, add another 1/4 cup of water [and some more garlic, salt & pepper] to help it cook down further.