A Taste of India and Mexico w/ Rice and Beef

by zesty on March 22, 2010 · 12 comments

Happy Monday!  It feels like I have been away for a long time which I guess is not that far from the truth.  Spinach and Mushroom Pasta was my last post since I had a special guest sit in on Friday with Sippity Sup.  This weekend was action packed and full of cooking.  A while back I used to cook on Sunday’s for the whole week including lunches ( for work ) and dinners in the evening.  I am not quite sure why I ever stopped doing that but I will chalk it up to being a bit too busy.

But I was talking to Mrs. Zesty earlier on the weekend and said” Let’s bring back cooking Sundays.  Sunday cooking was REBORN.  I will not get into great details as to what I prepared as you will see through the week and next but it was a ton of fun especially since Zesty Jr. was by my side for a couple of dishes.

This dish I want to share with you today is a simple dish combining a little Mexican and a small bit of India with the use of a few simple ingredients.

As I look back on my blogging career, I notice a pattern; everything I cook is super simple and quick.  I wonder if that means I am SIMPLE.  Anyway, let’s not go there.


  • 1 Cup Jasmine Rice
  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1 1/2 Cups Salsa ( I used store bought )
  • 1 Tbsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 lb. Extra Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Carrot ( chopped)
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms ( chopped)
  • 1 Celery stalk ( chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Prepare rice according to directions and set aside once cooked.
  2. In a large preheated sauce pan over medium heat, combine olive oil, celery and carrots; cook for about 7 minutes
  3. Add mushrooms and cook another 3 minutes
  4. Next, toss in the ground beef, cumin, salt and pepper and cook until no longer pink
  5. Add salsa and let simmer 5 minutes
  6. Stir in cooked rice and mix thoroughly.
  7. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When using mushrooms with a meat dish, be sure to cook them prior to adding any meat as they will release a lot of water and will not allow the meat to brown.

This was a super fun weekend and I am looking forward to doing the Sunday cooking next week as well.  Holler at me if you have any suggestions/recommendations for the week’s dishes.  I am looking for dishes that reheat well and pack up in a resealable container well.  I would love to hear your ideas.

Take care


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jaden

Hey zesty! lookin’ good here! We’ve always got a jar of salsa in the house too.


2 Jessica @ The Process of Healing

YUM!!! Simple… perhaps so. But it looks delicious nonetheless. :)


3 Bonnie

Looks delicious… would only change one thing…. homemade Salsa… Since I started making my own Salsa, I do not like store bought at all….


4 Danica

Looks so tasty and easy!


5 sippitysup

I don’t think it means you are “Simple” I think it means you are “Smart”! GREG


6 dawn

now this, is, to me, classic comfort food that won’t let you crash and burn after eating.


7 Meg

Love it! Wish I had some for lunch right now :)


8 DailyChef

Simple and quick is just another way of saying efficient! Looks delicious :)


9 Ree

This looks delicious as a Mexican dish, but I don’t know where you’re getting Indian from. Indian recipes almost always use Basmati rice, and there would never be any beef. The only Indian ingredient I really see is cumin, but that’s heavily used in Mexican food too. Jasmine rice is most often used in Thai cooking.

Just wanted to clear that up in case you wanted to make other Indian dishes :) I would love to see it!


10 ZestyCook

@Ree – Yeah I was referencing the Indian flavor with the cumin but I do agree it can be used in Mexican Cuisine as well.


11 Carolyn

I made this last night for my husband and I and we LOVED it! It turned out great, and we have leftovers for lunch. I’m looking forward to trying more of zesty’s recipes!


12 Amy

YUM!!! Simple… perhaps so. But it looks delicious nonetheless. :)


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