I don't know why, since I never even had rice at home as a child, but THIS is DEFINITELY comfort food! I've made it a few times and have varied it each time to suit the ingredients we have in the house. I've added 6 ounces tomato paste with extra water, diced tomatoes, left out the green pepper, added more water, left out the ketchup, etc., and it always turns out perfectly! Everyone eats it (hubby, 5dc: 11, 9, 7, 4, 2). One thing I do consistently is to start cooking the rice as soon as I begin browning the beef. After it's tender (15 minutes) I stir it in and serve. We've never had a problem with crunchy rice. Tonight we're having this with a nice big "make-your-own" salad bar, cornbread, and a fruit salad. I think we'll wear our PJs and eat it in front of a roaring fire--that's what you do with the truly good comfort food!
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I don't know why, since I never even had rice at home as a child, but THIS is DEFINITELY...