Gluten Free Mexican Rice and Beef Recipe

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Matthew loves all things Mexican. He loves the flavors, the language, the culture. Everything. He wants to go to Mexico when he gets older and hopes to learn Spanish soon. But that means he always requests Mexican inspired dishes. His favorite seems to be “Mexican Pizza”; our version of tostadas, but I can’t make them every night. He also seems to not want to eat meat much, so I am always looking for new ways to get protein in him. That is how I came up with my Gluten Free Mexican Rice and Beef Recipe.

We purchase a 1/2 of a grass fed steer every year, so we have tons of ground beef. I needed to use up some of it and coming up with an easy one-dish meal seemed like a great way to do it. I hope you enjoy.

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Gluten Free Mexican Rice and Beef Recipe
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper or 5 small sweet peppers, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups white rice, uncooked
  • 1 can tomatoes, diced with juice
  • 3 cups Beef Broth, organic or homemade (or more)
  • 2 tablespoons cumin (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can tomato sauce (optional)
  • fresh cilantro, washed and chopped

  1. In a very large skillet cook the beef until done.
  2. Remove the beef and set to the side.
  3. Heat the oil in the pan and saute the onions and peppers until they have softened and the onions are translucent.
  4. Add the garlic and cook a moment longer.
  5. Add the rice and stir so that it is covered with the oil and cook for about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the spices and cook for a minute.
  7. Add the tomatoes and beef broth.
  8. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cover with a lid.
  9. Allow to cook for 15 to 20 minutes, checking occasionally for doneness and to make sure you don’t need more liquid.
  10. If more liquid is necessary add more beef broth or a can of tomato sauce.
  11. Once done, add cooked beef back in and stir in the cilantro.
  12. Serve immediately.
  13. To reheat, add tomato sauce and heat over low heat on the stove.


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  1. Yummy! We are huge Mexican food lovers here. Will be trying this one out, soon!
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  2. I’ve been craving Mexican food A LOT this pregnancy. Looks yummy!
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  3. I love Mexican night!

  4. I love me some Mexican food. That looks delicious.
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  5. Yum, looks delicious! I will have to try this, as my family LOVES Mexican food AND we are gluten free as well :)
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  6. Mexican dishes are my favorite YUM
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  7. looks like a yummy recipe. thanks for sharing.
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  8. I could eat Mexican food every night. I love it! We’ll have to try this one.
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  9. I have to agree…Mexican food is the best. Thanks for sharing! Sounds yummy!
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  10. I don’t do ground beef, but otherwise this is pretty similar to the mexican rice I make.
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  11. Sounds delish! I’ll have to try this out.
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  12. I LOVE Mexican food! Seriously I could eat this everyday of the week. Yum!
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  13. I don’t do beef, but I love rice and Mexican food!
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  14. This looks so good!
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  15. Oh my, this looks delicious!!
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  16. GAH your photos are so awesome! I love mexican rice!
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  17. Beautiful and delish!
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  18. We just did Mexican last night. I will have to try this with some of the left over pork I have.
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  19. Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about Mexican dishes and flavours. I do hope you link this one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

  20. This was absolutely delish!!! And the only “hard” part, was chopping the veggies. I certainly should have chopped the garlic and onions much smaller, but that was just me being lazy. Next time I will not be lazy :)

    However, I made 3 modifications
    1. I put the beef back in the mixture with the rice, so its more like the awful “hamburger helper meals” not a real modification, and i dont think it affects anything. Definitely doesn’t affect the taste.
    2. I put the can of tomato sauce in from the beginning as well, since it didn’t look like it had enough liquid. And I figured it would definitely add more flavor.
    3. After 22 minutes, of simmering, I added another cup of hot water, since the rice was still very crunchy. When I cook rice, I always do the 2:1 ratio of liquid to rice. Since this has 2 cups of rice, I think it needs at least 4 cups of broth. The tomato sauce and juice in the tomatoes doesn’t really count, since it gets integrated into the other ingredients. And since there are other ingredients, I think it also needs that additional broth. And this issue may very well be because we live at a very high elevation, so water evaporates a lot faster, so it evaporates before the rice can absorb it.

    But this will DEFINITELY become a regular recipe. It is sooooo yummy and hubby loved it, and didn’t think it was too spicy. Perfect!
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    • Maryann says:

      Turtle – you are so right, if it needs more liquid you need to add it. I have had to adjust liquid because sometimes the can of tomatoes has more and sometimes less, and sometimes my rice cooks much faster than I expect. I am so glad you and your family enjoyed it!

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