Greeting! Today’s dish is what happens when you leave a crucial item off of a shopping list – in this case taco shells. While I first debated attempting to make my own shells, I then realized a much safer option would be forgetting about the shells and going for the taco version of a burrito bowl. I used the usual cast of characters when it came to the taco “filling” and then tossed it all with some rice for a simple bowl of delicious. As an added bonus the jalapeno came from my own garden, tho sadly I can not claim the tomatoes since this year I only have the cherry variety going – but maybe next year!
2 cups brown rice
2 cups water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne powder
1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 vidalia onion, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 large beefsteak tomato, diced
2 cups presoaked black (or pinto) beans
1/2 cup black olives, halved
1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips (optional)
- Soak the brown rice in the water for 25 minutes, set aside.
- While the rice is soaking heat the oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin and toast for 3 minutes before adding the remaining spices, cook for 2 minutes while stirring constantly.
- Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes before adding the peppers. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until onion starts to brown. Add the tomato, beans, and olives and cook for 5 minutes stirring as needed to break up the tomato.
- Drain the rice then place in a sauce pan along with 3 cups of water. Bring to a quick boil, then turn hit to simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Fluff the rice and then add to the vegetable mixture along with any remaining water.
- Stir well and cook for a final 10 minutes. Add the crushed up chips and give everything a final stir.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Sometimes it pays off to forget something as now I have a new quick dish that has all the taco taste – just minus the shells. Plus it uses up random scraps of food that might otherwise have been thrown away, which is a HUGE positive in my opinion. The taco rice can be topped with avocado, sour cream, cheese, or salsa – whatever your taste buds desire!
Note: Saying extra prayers today for all the family and friends who lost loved ones in the horrible attacks 13 years ago. I’ve written before about my own experience before here for anyone interested.