Spanish rice

Low Sodium

Cooking with low-sodium products lets you eat the foods you love while eating smart for your heart.


3 slices low-sodium bacon
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 1/2 pounds extra lean (96 percent) ground beef
1 rib celery, diced
2 cups uncooked instant brown rice
2 packets no-salt beef bouillon
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 14.5-ounce can no-salt stewed tomatoes
1 16-ounce can no-salt tomato sauce
1 6-ounce can no-salt tomato paste
2 cups water
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small green bell pepper, diced


  1. In a small skillet, fry bacon. Place on paper towels to drain extra fat. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large skillet, cook onions and ground beef until meat is browned. Drain off fat.
  3. Crumble cooled bacon and add to meat mixture with remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. (If rice is too thick, add water.)
  4. Serve warm.

Makes 6 servings

Recipe contains: tomato paste may contain wheat

Carb choices per serving: 3

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Your Guide to Sodium Content in Foods, nutr-ahc-93416 (7/04)
First Published: 07/01/2004
Last Reviewed: 07/27/2015

To make this a vegetarian dish, substitute one can of low-sodium black beans for the bacon and beef. Even though you won’t be cooking any meat, make sure to sauté the onions before combining them with the other ingredients.

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