Prep 35 mins
Cook 45 mins
Yummy! This is great as a main dish or leave the meat out and use as a side!
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 lb smoked ham (about 2 cups) or 1⁄2 lb lean bacon, diced (about 2 cups)
- 2 medium onions, finely diced (about 1 cup)
- 2 stalks celery, trimmed and finely diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 large green bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, with liquid
- 3⁄4 cup tomato puree
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 cups long grain rice
- hot sauce
- Heat the oil in a 4-qt pot over medium heat.
- Add the ham, onions, celery, and green peppers and cook until the vegetables are wilted.
- Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, salt, pepper and chili powder.
- Lower the heat to simmering and simmer, covered 30 minutes.
- Measure the sauce and, if necessary, add enough water to bring the volume to 5 cups.
- Stir the rice into the liquid and heat to boiling.
- Reduce the heat to very low and cook, covered, until the rice is tender about 45 minutes.
- Stir once or twice during cooking to prevent sticking.
- Check the seasonings and add hot sauce to taste.
Oh this was so good! Even my husband liked it! *faint*. A simple to put together top of the stove main dish that is hearty and so perfect on a damp cold night. I had some leftover roast pork loin that I used in place of the ham but I do think that the ham would be a bit better. I really like the fact that the dish came out very mild and thus was enjoyed my my hubby and I could add the hot sauce to mine. It cooked a lot quicker than the recipe said. I skipped cooking the veggies and added the rice right away with the sauces. I added some water and the rice was cooked and the veggies perfectly done in 20 mins. I used long grain Jasmin rice. It's very forgiving and I think that it would lend it's self to many adaptations or additions. We'll see this made again soon.