I posted this photo on Twitter yesterday, and had several inquiries. What is it, and what's the recipe? It's taco meat over black rice with fresh pico de gallo. It is so easy to make, and very tasty.
How to cook black rice
Measure your rice, add water, swish it around the pot, and roll the grains between your fingers. Rinse. Do this several times. The water will be dark purple.
If you've never made rice (not instant) on the stove top before, once it's rinsed, put fresh water in the pot; covering the rice. Stick your finger in the water. The distance from the rice to the top of the water should be at least up to the first knuckle. Cook the black rice on the stove top on low to low-medium heat.
Cooking time varies so keep an eye on your rice. On the stove top it takes 25 to 30 minutes. My rice pot, a Zojirushi, cooks rice in 40 minutes.
Use quinoa, brown, red or yellow rice if you'd prefer. I love white rice, but not for this dish.
Pico de gallo recipe
1 Bunch celantro
1 Large onion
8 plum tomatoes
Garlic fresh or powder to taste
Black pepper to taste
Salt to taste
2 or 3 limes to taste
As you see, I make pico de gallo on a large scale. My kids and I absolutely love it, so I make enough to get us through any leftover tacos. Even with this amount it is eaten by night's end. Nonetheless, reduce the amounts if you don't need as much.
Begin the pico de gallo as soon as you start the rice. Stripping the cilantro leaves takes time, and you don't want a bowl full of stems. Coarsely chop the cilantro once the leaves are stripped. Chop the onions and tomatoes.
Press the limes against the counter and roll them. This helps release the juice from the membranes. Cut the lime in half and use a lime press for the juice. Toss tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Add juice, garlic, black pepper, and salt to taste.
Ground beef, ground turkey or shredded pork
2 lb. ground beef
One pack taco seasoning
1 cup of water
Once again, cut the beef in half if you don't need as much. Brown your beef. Add water and seasoning. Use the shredded pork or ground turkey if you'd rather.
Make your plate
Once everything is cooked add it to the plate. Start with the rice and beef. Add shredded cheese to taste. I used cheddar cheese, but use what you like or what's on hand. Top with pico de gallo.
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