Mexican-Inspired Rice

Mexican inspired rice

We’ve had the remnants of a bag of freekeh in the pantry for several months, and I had the idea to mix it with brown rice for a Mexican-style dish with ground beef.

Freekeh is a nutritious, dense, whole grain that’s full of fiber. It hasn’t broken into the mainstream yet, but do keep it on your radar if it’s available in your area.

I served this dish with a side of refried beans, which is great to smear on top of the rice.


1 cup freekeh
1/2 cup brown rice
1/2 pack ground beef
1/2 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
soy sauce to taste
cumin to taste
black pepper to taste
1 fresh chili pepper, diced
chopped olives to taste
1 can refried beans

Cook the freekeh with the brown rice in a rice cooker using a 3:1 ratio of water to grain.

While the rice is cooking, saute the onion and garlic in a large pan, then stir in the ground beef. When the beef is cooked, turn off the heat if the grains aren’t done yet.

When the grains are ready, stir into the pan and add the soy sauce, cumin and pepper until the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

Serve with a garnish of olives and fresh chili and a smear of refried beans on top.