Original Ingredient List:
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 to 1 whole large onion, chopped
- 4 cups long grain rice
- Two 14.5-ounce cans whole tomatoes
- One 10-ounce can diced tomatoes and green chiles, such as Rotel
- 1 teaspoon cumin (or more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 6 to 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth (more if needed) Note: I only used 4 cups chicken broth which was one box (it probably could have used 5)
- 1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar (I mixed cheddar and 4-cheese Italian since my cheddar ran out)
I didn't have Rotel tomatoes but suggest you add them for flavor.
I added 1 pound lean ground beef.
I accidentally dumped in two 28 ounce cans of tomatoes (as seen in the photo) so had to fish some out! :)
Heat oil, then add onions and garlic, cooking for a couple of minutes to soften onion. Add ground beef and cook until browned. I use 93% lean beef so never have to drain anything off.
Then stir in rice and lower heat to low. Cook, stirring constantly, for a few more minutes.
Next, add tomatoes and all the spices. I broke up the tomatoes with my the Pampered Chef tool that I love for breaking apart my beef. I think it's officially a potato masher!
Now add the chicken broth. Like I said, I only used 4 cups because it looked like so much! It was fine, but when I reheated leftovers, it was a little dry. So I'd suggest 5 cups broth. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer (covered) about 10-15 minutes. Ree's recipe said to cook until rice is not quite done.
Pour into a casserole dish (I used a 9x13 non-stick sheet cake pan). Sprinkle with the cheese. I do believe I used more cheese than the recipe called for! I just made sure it was covered nice and thick. :) I guess when talking about cheese, "sprinkle" isn't something in my vocabulary. Better choices would be dump or drown or deluge!
Bake uncovered for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. It's ready when cheese is nice and melted.
We ate this for dinner and then had a ton of leftovers. It'll feed an army!