Budget Friendly Cooking: Spanish Rice


This is a versatile, low cost meal that can be adapted to feed any number of people.

You will need rice.  Brown rice is best nutritionally, but white rice an be used.


~To calculate how much rice you need you can figure a 1/2 cup of dry rice per adult serving. 

~For every 1/2 cup of dry rice add 1 cup liquid.  Water or broth works well for the liquid. I like to use a little tomato sauce mixed with the water. 

~Salt to taste

~Taco seasonings

~ Cooked hamburger, optional


Here is what my recipe for 6 adult servings would look like…..

2 1/2 cups dry rice
5 cups liquid  -- start with an 8 oz. can to tomato sauce and add water to make the remaining needed liquid
2 to 4 Tablespoons taco seasoning from bulk
1 ˝ t. salt
Cooked Hamburger, optional, amt desired

Mix all ingredients, except hamburger, together in a large pan.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low and simmer for about 55 to 60 min. for brown rice and 20 min. for white. 


While the rice is cooking brown the hamburger with onions and garlic, if desired.  Salt to taste. 


When rice has finished cooking allow it to cool and add hamburger.  We like to sprinkle each serving with cheese, sour cream and salsa. Serve with refried beans and tortilla chips.  Or you can serve this meal in homemade whole wheat tortillas.



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