Slow Cooker Spanish Rice– super delicious and SO easy! What could be better?
There’s nothing quite like having a delicious meal ready for your family….without doing any work. Yeah, right! In your dreams, you say. Well, not so fast, my friend! Okay, there is SOME work, but, good grief, it’s so small it can hardly get credit for existing!
I’ve lost count how many times I’ve made this goodie, but it has NEVER failed me, is always complimented, and is fine enough to serve to any company that might be lucky enough to belly up to your table. Everyday, or special occasion, it will bring smiles all around, I guarantee it.
Gather together the ingredients and chop up your onions and peppers while your pan is heating up.
Let’s have a moment of silence now folks,and take special notice of the bright red tomatoes on the can, the brilliant green of the crispy pepper, the sharp white of the onion…..alas, yes, it’s February in southeastern Montana (this is NOT the snowy mountain peaks of the western half of our great state!), where Old Man Winter has apparently forgotten a simply component of his formula: namely SNOW. So, all is brown and gray and…..oh, for Pete’s sake! I REALLY MISS MY MY LITTLE GARDEN, FOLKS!
Slap the ground beef into the hot pan, then add the peppers and onions….smell their goodness while you fetch The Maid. That’s the slow cooker, for those of you new to my world!
Now let me interject something very, very important here, people…get yourself some of these slow cooker liners. These are THE BEST INVENTION….EVER!! And, if you don’t have any, you must get yourself some immediately!! You, or your some other unlucky dishwasher, have been spending way too much time of your life scrubbing away at baked-on yuck, trying to dislodge it from the depths of your slow cooker. Stop it!! Do everyone in your house a favor and spend a few pennies on these….now! Another thing, I have used the fancy expensive name brand ones, but these are actually much nicer, and less expensive. You can get them right at Amazon, just click here and add them to your cart. These are worthy of a post of their own, so I will practice self-control and bring my sappy, praise-filled rant to a screeching halt this very moment!
That was actually quite difficult to do! Here I am, doing that digress thing again!! Ack! Where were we? Oh, yes, the meat is browning beautifully… Slap one of those liners into your slow cooker, spray it with cooking spray and dump in the rest of the ingredients that aren’t browning in the pan. When the meat is done, put that in there too, stir and put the lid on so it can all happily party away under there until supper time!
A note here: you really need to use the converted rice. If you don’t (and I can hear people asking me already) it will turn into a mushy mess. A TASTY mushy mess, but not quite ideal nonetheless. If this doesn’t bother you, by all means, go for it! I always say, there not much of anything Mexican that you just can’t fix with copious amounts of guacamole and/or mounds of sour cream! Do as you wish, but consider yourself warned! Okay, nuff of that!
When you finally can take the lid off, and serve it up, add a few amazing things to take it from “yum” to “ooo-la-LA!!”…and viola! Look what happened in there while you were napping or shopping or whatever else you were doing in the time you’d have been slaving over a hot stove today!
Aha! You’re smiling just looking at it! What do you think will happen if the real thing appears?! Now get to it, and make some soon!
Adios, amigos….y, te amo, arroz Español, para siempre…
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 2 green peppers, chopped
- 1- 28 oz can diced tomatoes (or 1 qt home-canned, if you're that lucky!)
- 1-8oz can tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp chili powder
- I tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup raw converted rice
- Brown beef with onions and peppers. Drain, if needed. Put all ingredients in greased slow cooker. Stir; cover and cook on low for 6 hours or 3 hours on high.
- Use a slow cooker liner for super easy clean up. Grease the liner with cooking spray before adding ingredients.
- Serve with sour cream, lettuce, guacamole and salsa, or toppings of your choice.