Tex-Mex Lazy Tomato Rice
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Recipe courtesy of Jill Novatt for Food Network Kitchen

Tex-Mex Lazy Tomato Rice

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
This recipe uses a rice cooker to get a full rice dinner on the table in a fun, fast, hands-off way. We used a Japanese-style cooker, but you could do this with almost any version. The tomato gets super soft and stirs right into the rice, making an instant sauce. Feel free to play with the ingredients and flavor profiles once you have the technique down.



Special equipment:
a 5- to 10-cup rice cooker
  1. Rinse the rice in a colander until the water runs clear. Put the rice in a 5- to 10-cup rice cooker. Fill with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Stir in the taco seasoning and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the beans in a small pile. Directly next to the beans, add the ground beef in a pile, then the red pepper, green pepper and corn, so each ingredient has its own section of the circle.
  2. Turn the tomato core-side down and make a deep X with a sharp knife across the bottom. Place the tomato in the center of the rice cooker with the X facing up. Close the rice cooker and follow the manufacturer’s directions to set to regular white rice.
  3. When the cook cycle is complete, carefully open the rice cooker and stir together the ingredients. Squeeze in the lime juice and mix. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt if necessary. Sprinkle with the Cheddar, if desired. Serve with sour cream and avocado if using.