As you have probably already discovered, we eat a lot of rice in my family so, therefore, we always seem to have leftover rice. I hate wasting food so this recipe is one I came up with to fix the waste problem.
One package of smoked sausage
1 can of chicken broth
1 ½ cups of tomato sauce
2 bell peppers (whichever colors are your favorite, I used yellow and red)
1 can of black beans (with the liquid)
½ cup water
1 tsp. cumin
¼ or ½ tsp. cayenne (if you like spicy go for more!)
½ tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. Badia complete seasoning (if you don’t have this then make sure to use a few pinches of garlic salt)
½ tsp. onion powder
4 cloves of garlic
2 ½ cups of leftover rice (if you don’t have rice left over just don’t cook it all of the way, add it to your skillet when it is still slightly hard)
This dish will all be made in one skillet so get a pretty good sized one. I, as always recommend an iron skillet. First, dice up your bell peppers and add them into your heated skillet with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. I cook them at a pretty high heat because I like them to get a good sear on them. While the peppers are cooking slice up your sausage and add it to the skillet as well, cook until there is a little brown on your sausage, I like it to have a little crisp.
After your peppers and sausage are cooked add in pressed garlic and your wet ingredients stir together then add your dry seasonings and mix those in as well. Now add in your rice. I don’t measure out my rice normally I just add whatever I have left over but I would recommend adding about 2 ½ cups. Like I said in the ingredients if you don’t have leftover rice that no problem just cook some rice almost all of the way, you want it to be slightly crunchy because you are adding it to a lot of liquid and it will absorb all of that. Stir your rice in and simmer until it cooks down. Keep tasting because you need to add additional spices and also if your liquids are cooking down and your rice still isn’t fluffy add more water, about a ¼ cup at a time.
You can serve it just like this or mix some cheese in it!
REMEMBER TO TASTE AS YOU MAKE!!