Orzo Mexican Rice

    20 mins

    Here in the Philippines, we just can't live without rice. Recently, I discovered orzo. It's basically rice-shaped pasta. Now, I've been trying out rice dishes using orzo, and it's been a lot of fun -- and I mean both the cooking and the eating parts of it! You should try this Mexican rice recipe using orzo because it's flavorful and it's also a great way of utilizing all the leftover ham and sausages in your fridge.


    National Capital Region, Philippines
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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 cup uncooked orzo
    • 2 pieces assorted sausages or hotdogs, sliced
    • 2 pieces ham, cut into half-inch squares
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 small onion, chopped
    • 3/4 cups red kidney beans
    • 1/2 cup green peas
    • 1 green bell pepper, cubed
    • 1 Jalapeño pepper, sliced
    • Juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 1 cup tomato paste
    • 1 1/2 tbsp taco seasoning
    • Cumin seed to taste

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain well and set aside.
    2. In a saucepan, fry the sausages and ham in olive oil over medium heat until slightly brown.
    3. Add the garlic, onion, red kidney beans, green peas, green bell pepper, and Jalapeño pepper. Sauté for 3 minutes.
    4. Add tomato paste and taco seasoning. Mix well.
    5. Add the cooked orzo and mix until evenly colored. Pour the lemon juice and sprinkle some cumin seed to taste.


    You can also use less or add more taco seasoning depending on how spicy you like your Orzo Mexican Rice.

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