1. Rinse rice well under cold running water, drain and allow to dry thoroughly.
2. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add rice and cook 5 minutes. Add beef, onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook until beef is browned, stirring to break up beef. Add tomatoes, along with their juice, Johnny Ciao's Opera Mix and chili powder. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Add water if needed to finish cooking rice. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Per Serving: 418 Calories (49.6% from fat); 23g Fat (7g Sat, 12g Mono, 1g Poly); 17g Protein; 35g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 57mg Cholesterol; 96mg Sodium. Food Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain (Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 2 Vegetable; 3 1/2 Fat.