One Pot Empanada Rice

One Pot Empanada Rice

  • Author: Salima's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


This cheesy one pot empanada rice takes all of my favorite components from classic Puerto Rican empanadas and makes them gluten free!



  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tsp minced hot pepper (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 810 sliced Spanish olives
  • 1 cups white rice

Optional Garnish:

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped cilantro


  1. In a large saucepan, brown the ground beef with the diced onion, breaking up the meat with a spatula. Once the beef is browned, add minced garlic cloves and hot pepper.
  2. Add oregano, salt, pepper, tomato sauce, broth, olives, and rice. Bring to a boil, then cover, and lower to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Garnish with cheese (optional) and cilantro!

  • Category: Meal Prep
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Keywords: empanada rice, one pot empanada rice

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