This is, as all my recipes, the minimalist version. It is always more dynamic and nutritious with the addition of fresh onion, fresh garlic, and fresh bell pepper. However, I do not keep these on hand and when in college I could not afford to buy the 'extras'.
So here is my budget friendly version. It still has plenty of nutrition, and of course, Tastes great!
1/2 lb of ground meat, it can be beef, turkey, or whatever suits you. Vegetarian is always an option too.
1 Tbs Dried onion
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Garlic powder or granules
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin seed
2 15oz (approx) stewed tomatoes
1/2 C rice (uncooked)
Brown meat with all spices (onion to cumin); Add rice and brown further; 3 to 5 minutes. Add Tomatoes and all their liquid and 1/2 C water, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. OR Until the moisture is absorbed. I love to top with sour cream or parmesian cheese.
When choosing to go the vegetarian route, simply brown the vegi's in place of the meat.
When Adding vegi's to the recipe, do so after meat has been browned. I like my vegi's minced or finely chopped. But whatever suits your fancy will work.