I am obsessed with flavor. I hate bland foods which can definitely be a challenge when you’re trying to transition from fried, greasy, artificial flavor coated foods to naturally seasoned, real foods. I was always the person to cover everything in hot sauce, ketchup, dipping sauce, salt, A1, you name it. I couldn’t eat anything without TONS of flavor. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Flavor is great! It’s fun to experiment with different flavors and combinations of things, which brings me to this recipe. As I’ve mentioned before, our family is in love with Mexican food. We love just about every kind of burrito, taco, fajitas, rice, beans- basically anything you can name. So I decided to come up with my own easy version of a Mexican dish with tons of flavor, and this was the result.
We just call it Fajita Rice, because that’s essentially what it is! Craig and I order fajitas every time we go out to eat Mexican food so this is kind of a play on that. We love to eat it with organic blue chips, but you could also eat it with sprouted grain tortillas, in taco shells, or plain with a fork! It’s good no matter how you eat it 🙂 We just happen to have an unnatural obsession with blue corn chips and can basically devour a bag of them with this meal. It’s all just so good, it’s making my mouth water just thinking about it!
Spicy Fajita Rice
1 Cup Organic Brown Rice
1 Small Green Pepper
1/2 Medium Red Onion
2 Tbsp Organic (preferably grass fed) Butter (or coconut oil)
1/4 Cup Salsa (We use an organic, medium heat salsa)
4 tsp Homemade Mexican Seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook the rice according to package instructions. When the rice still has about 30 minutes remaining, chop the pepper and onion into small cubes. Heat the butter in a frying pan and sauté the peppers and onions for about 20 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until cooked thoroughly. When the rice is finished, add the salsa and 3 tsp of seasoning and stir. Add an extra tsp of seasoning to the peppers and onions as well. Mix the peppers and onions in with the rice and enjoy!
That’s it! It’s seriously so easy! I usually add extra salt and pepper to mine when it’s finished because I think it really gives it that extra kick (as I said, I love spice!!). If you’re not quite as into hot dishes as I am, feel free to tone back the seasoning or use a mild salsa instead. Just taste the rice as you season it to make sure it’s the perfect amount of heat for your palette! I usually take a little bit of the fajita rice out for Ezra before I season it and just sprinkle some of the seasoning on his so its not quite as spicy! As you can tell, he likes it quite a bit! Like mama like son 🙂
It’s always encouraging when we find dishes with tons of flavor that we actually feel good about eating! This is definitely filling and tasty but still has plenty of good, healthy ingredients that I can feel confident feeding my family. See, eating healthy isn’t all that bad after all 🙂
Looks like you have another winner Kelsey. I’ll probably replace the rice with quinoa, and maybe add some chicken. Can’t wait to try this one too?