Spanish Rice, Upstate NY Style

Jane Whittaker


This seems to be a regional dish. Where I am from every Mom and Pop diner feature this from time to time. We don't have a single Spanish person there that I am aware of, so for me this is a surprising dish for the area.
This is another dish I always do when the kids come home for the holidays because it's quick, easy, and you can make up a big batch to feed everyone with very little effort.


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15 Min
40 Min


  • 2 c
    long grained, white rice, uncooked
  • 1 large
    onion, diced
  • 1 large
    green pepper, diced
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    minced garlic from jar (time saver)
  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef, or ground chuck
  • 6 oz
    tomato paste
  • 1 qt
    diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 c
    beef broth
  • 1 tsp
    beef base
  • 1/2 tsp
    each salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    crushed red pepper
  • 8 slice
    pepper jack cheese

How to Make Spanish Rice, Upstate NY Style


  1. Cook the rice according to package directions while you are making the sauce. I use my rice cooker for this.
  2. Saute the onion and green pepper in olive oil until onion is translucent, add the garlic and cook a minute more.
  3. Add the hamburg and continue to cook until no longer pink. Don't drain.
  4. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the pepper jack cheese.
  5. Simmer 15 minutes, then add cooked rice.
  6. 5 minutes before you take out of the oven, place the pepper jack cheese around the outside of the Spanish Rice.
  7. Pour into a casserole sprayed with non stick spray.
  8. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, or until starting to brown and all bubbly.

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About Spanish Rice, Upstate NY Style

Course/Dish: Beef, Rice Sides
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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