Kickin' Cajun Dirty Rice

1 lb. ground beef (75% to 80% lean)

1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

1 package (5.7 to 8 ounces) Cajun-style dirty rice mix

Water, as needed

1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add ground beef.  Cook 8 to 10  minutes, breaking into 3/4 inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.  Pour off drippings.

Stir in rice mix and water amount indicated in package directions, omitting oil or margarine;  bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and cook according to time indicated in package directions or until rice is tender.

Stir in tomatoes.  Cook until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Total recipe time:  40 minutes  Makes 4 servings.

Prepared by Cookie Hauser of the La. Beef Industry Council