Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
2 pounds ground beef
1 (14.5-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
1 cup chopped green bell peppers
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups water
2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon beef base,* or another brand
6 cups water
In large Dutch oven, brown beef and drain. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, rice, peppers, sugar, salt, black pepper, garlic and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, stir in beef base. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 30-40 minutes or until peppers are tender. Add 6 cups of water and bring back to a boil.
Ladle into bowls and serve.
*Available at specialty food stores and some supermarkets.