Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Crockpot Spanish Rice Recipe

A great side dish with any meal! I usually just eat this as a whole meal, add some garlic bread, a salad loaded with beans and vegetables, a good Chianti wine and I'm good to go!

2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
2 cloves finely minced garlic
1 green pepper, chopped
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce (I have also used hot salsa in it's place)
1 1/4 cups water(or use chicken broth if you have some on hand)
1/4 cup red wine or sherry ( this is optional if you don't want to use wine add more broth)
2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, black pepper, basil and oregano
pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cups converted raw rice
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
grated colby or cheddar cheese (optional)

Brown beef in skillet and drain off fat. Put all ingredients in slow cooker, except cheese. Mix well. Cover and cook on low for 6  hours or on high for 3 hours. Around 30 minutes before cooking time is done, sprinkle cheese on top.
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