Enchilada Rice


Have you ever had those moments when you are deciding what is for dinner and you feel like you are in a rut? That has been all too common for us in our household lately! As my husband and I were strolling the pasta aisle recently at the grocery store we passed those boxed processed meals. You know the ones I’m talking about, the ones with the dancing hands in the commercials. 😉 My husband challenged me to recreate an enchilada rice in a healthier manner without all the processed items in it.


So, one of the ones he took a picture of was Cheesy Enchilada Rice. I chose to attack this one first because quite frankly it sounded easier! HA! So we bought a can of my personal favorite brand of enchilada sauce, Las Palmas, and headed home to try to figure out this new recipe.


I started with a pound of ground beef (really you could use any ground meat) and added spices and cooked it until it was browned in a big skillet. Once the meat was browned I added in the minute rice and toasted it a little bit.  Then added in all the liquid, brought it to a boil, covered it with a lid and turned off the heat to let it sit for five minutes. After it had sat the rice was cooked through and I added in a cup of shredded cheddar and mixed it together.

This dish was a HUGE hit in our house! Both of my kids loved it and my sometimes picky husband also LOVED it! His only thing was that he thought that it needed some black beans. So we made the dish a couple weeks later and added in the beans and it was a GREAT addition. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I have! It will definitely be added to our regular meal planning routine!

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Beckie Cochran
Beckie Cochran, a Southern California native, has always had a passion for people and relationships. Growing up she had aspirations of becoming a youth pastor but quickly found herself to be too much of a social butterfly for college. She was working in the insurance industry when she met her husband, Bryan, on the internet in October 2004 they were married in May of 2005. She started working with her husband at the family business, until her husband had two back surgeries and they had their two children Attalia (7) and Nicodemus (5). They didn't want to raise their children in Los Angeles so they relocated to Flagstaff and built a house on Bryan's parents property in May 2014. Beckie works as a bookkeeper at her kids school part time and has an in home bakery. She also really enjoys socializing with friends, cooking, creating, and building a community of confident moms.