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Sweet Rice Southwest Style

We’re exchanging our slow cooker today for our rice cooker! Instead of Slow Cooker Sunday, it’s Rice Cooker Sunday! We’re making SWEET RICE Southwest Style and you will thank me!

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Sweet Rice Southwest Style

Sweet Rice Southwest Style |

We had one of my BFFs and her family over for an impromptu dinner and games night. We live about 40 minutes away from each other, both with busy schedules, so finding time to gather is difficult! It was a great night! I threw together a quick nacho bar, which was not Pinterest pretty, but oh so delicious! Embracing another friends message, “People over Perfection”, I didn’t worry about details or making sure each room was in it’s perfect order. Since the house cleaner was here the day before, how bad could it be right?

Sweet Rice Southwest Style |

It was the perfect, relaxed summer night. I made my grapefruit margaritas again (I used store bought lime juice… made them separate……but they still tasted great), put all the Nacho fixin’s out and relaxed!

They brought a side dish which was SO GOOD! I of course thought that it needed to be shared on TCB!

My friends husband Jeff, made the most delicious rice which was the perfect compliment to go with our nachos! It was the perfect combination of sweet and savory, great to use as a side, or add it directly to the nachos. Great for adding to a taco salad too. Or just eat it as your full meal like I pretty much did.

Last minute get together’s with friends is always a great time.

anna on the counter

We were able to sit out on the deck for dinner and sunset watching, we played PIT (a loud and active game) and I was happy that my home created a comfortable environment that my friend felt completely comfortable to push the Nacho mess aside and hop up on my counter to draw on my chalkboard.

That’s how we roll around here!

Sweet Rice Southwest Style Recipe

Sweet Rice Southwest Style

Brown Rice can also be used, however you may need more chicken broth.


  • 3 cups White Rice
  • 1 32oz box Chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • Cilantro - handful
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans
  • 1 (15oz) can corn


  1. Prepare your rice in your rice cooker with the chicken broth and sugar - do not press start yet
  2. Saute onion in the olive oil until translucent, add chopped cilantro.
  3. Add to uncooked rice and broth
  4. Hit Start on your rice cooker.
  5. After the rice is finished, fluff rice and add black beans and corn.


This recipe was given to me while drinking margarita's and eating Nachos! The sweet and savory taste is the perfect combination.

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Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!



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