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Arroz Guatemalteco (Guatemalan Vegetable Rice) –Recipe from Amalia Moreno-Damgaard,

Rice is a staple in Guatemalan kitchens because so manySalvationArmylogo Guatemalan dishes are saucy. The rice absorbs delicious juices and flavors and provides a nice break from spicy dishes. Guatemalan rice can be made with all the vegetables in this recipe or with just a few. Many different versions of this recipe exist throughout Guatemala. This is a delicious, simple and budget-conscious recipe that can be made in minutes.

Serves 4 to 6 people
Your gift of $25 buys a family in need groceries to make a healthy meal.


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup julienned red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Roma tomato
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup frozen baby peas, thawed (optional)


  1. Sauté the rice in the oil for 1 minute. Add the onion and sauté 1 minute. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add the bell pepper, carrots, and tomatoes and sauté 1 minute. Finally, add the cloves, salt, pepper, and stock and stir well. Bring to a quick boil, lower the heat, and simmer covered until most of the liquid is absorbed (15 to 20 minutes).
  2. Add the peas (if using), turn off the heat, cover, and steam the peas with the residual heat. Fluff the rice and vegetables with a fork right before serving.

About the recipe author

Amalia TM logoAmalia Moreno-Damgaard is a local award-winning author and chef with a passion for fresh and healthy eating. She specializes in Latin and Spanish gourmet cuisine and culture. Her cookbook, Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen-Gourmet Cuisine with a Cultural Flair, is the winner of 6 national awards, including Best Foreign Cuisine Book USA by Gourmand World Cookbooks. More at

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Salvation Army food fact

Our food shelves in diverse neighborhoods offer culturally-specific foods. You can help by donating Hispanic foods, such as rice, maseca flour, cooking oil, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned jalapenos and other peppers, salsa, and hot sauce.

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