Beef Mexi Rice Recipe

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With the upcoming birth of our first baby, not only am I always tired and needing meals that are easy to make (or to instruct Eric to make!), but I’m also trying to make big batches of recipes that freeze well.  This way we’ll be sure to have plenty of healthy food on hand when we’re in zombie mode from a newborn schedule.

I came up with this recipe in October when we were trying to use up the rest of last year’s cow before we picked up this year’s shares (see How We Buy Beef).  I had a big batch of leftover rice and was reminded of a dish my dad used to make when we were kids. He always called it “dogfood”, a name we loved but my mother hated.  I don’t really remember what was in it except beef and rice with a lot of other stuff dumped in the pot.

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I decided to go back to the roots of my birth (I was born and lived in Texas for three months or so!) and went with Tex Mex flavors.  I’m sure there are lots of variations of this recipe, and all sorts of names for it (Tex Mex, Mexican Dirty Rice, Spanish Rice with Beef) but I call mine Beef Mexi Rice and absolutely love that it’s chock full of healthy vegetables, beans and brown rice.  It’s the perfect one pot meal that’s so easy my husband has made it several times!

If your food budget is really tight, or you’re vegetarian, you can always skip the beef for a really amazing rice and beans recipe.  This makes 8 servings for Eric and I, and the nutrition info is based on 8 servings.  If you’re feeding big eaters (like) teenage boys, I’d say this is enough for 6 people.

I’m currently stocking up on soups, stews and casseroles in our freezer.  Any other great freezer meal suggestions?

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Beef Mexi Rice Recipe

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: about 40 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings
Calories per serving: 313
Fat per serving: 10.5g

Ingredients

  • 1
    large onion, finely chopped
  • 4
    garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 TBS
    coconut oil
  • 1
    red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup
    taco seasoning
  • 3 cups
    cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup
    fresh or frozen corn kernels (or can of corn, drained)
  • 1 ( 14.5 oz)
    can of diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 1/2 cups
    cooked black beans (or can of black beans, drained)
  • 1
    lime, juiced
  • 3-5 TBS
    Tapatio hot sauce
  • to taste
    coarse salt (I used about 3 TBS)

Cooking Directions

  1. Put the chopped onion, garlic and coconut oil in a large pot or wok. Cook on high for three minutes, stirring constantly. Add chopped bell pepper and continue stirring another three to five minutes until everything has begun to soften.
  2. Add the ground beef and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Continue to cook on high, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned.
  3. Mix in the rice, corn, tomatoes and beans. Add lime juice, hot sauce and salt to taste.
  4. Continue stirring and cooking until everything is hot and steaming. Serve with lime wedges.

Cholesterol 34.8mg, Sodium 1885.13mg, Total Carbohydrate 31.28g, Dietary Fiber 6.62g, Sugars 4.77g, Protein 17.95g, WW Points Plus 7, WW Old Points 6

Approximate cost/serving: The cost of our cow went up a bit this year, so it’s around $4 a pound, still cheap for organic grass fed beef though!  The total cost of this dish was about $6.50.  I cook my own dried black beans and freeze them in 1 cup portions. I also freeze my own corn when it’s in season.  I buy diced tomatoes w/green chiles when they’re on sale or in bulk.  For 8 servings, this is just under 85 cents a serving.

Vegetarian/Gluten Free: By leaving out the beef you can easily make this a vegan recipe.  For gluten free, make sure to use gluten free taco seasoning.


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2 Responses to “Beef Mexi Rice Recipe”

  1. Karlie Jai
    December 7, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Hmm. I might make this with Vegetarian Mince, I’ve never thought of mixing in mince with rice before.

    In response to your question, I also tried to stock the freezer before a newborn arrived. I found that I couldn’t have enough Chilli in there. :) It’s great to cook in large batches, and can be served with a few things. Vegetable curries are also an easy thing to bulk out so that they make more portions and can stretch into more meals!

    Just don’t finish it all in the final weeks of your pregnancy because you don’t have the energy to cook, like I did! :S

  2. Lauren Acquaviva
    March 11, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Made this for my family and LOVED it! We put sour cream on top because it was a little spicy for my husband and 3 little boy’s tastes. Super easy and very good :-)

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