I'm giving this five stars since I believe it would be delicious the way it's written. However, because I didn't have a lot in my cupboards, I had to modify this quite a bit and the results were excellent and VERY easy! Talk about a quick meal! I didn't have any fresh veggies, so after I browned the meat, I added a can of Tortilla Soup (instead of all those fresh veggies) and then added the rice and water. I stirred it once, brought it to a boil and then turned the heat down to simmer - not removing the lid until the rice was fully cooked. That took about 20 minutes. Then, I took tortillas that I made the night before and cut them up into pieces and lined the bottom of the baking dish. I put the Spanish Rice mix into the baking dish, smushed it all down added a little cheese on top and put it in the oven for 15 minutes - just until the cheese melted and it was delicious! This is definitely a repeat meal in our household! The first night, I added too much cayenne pepper so it was really spicy - since the soup is spiced already. The second time, I added none and it wasn't spicy enough. lol! Just like Goldilocks and the 3 bears, the third time came out perfectly spicy. In fact, I've made this half a dozen times and each time it's better than the last. Highly recommend this recipe!
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I'm giving this five stars since I believe it would be delicious the way it's written....