Wild Rice Blend Bacon

Red Rice Blend with Bacon

Did you know? Giving up gluten doesn't mean giving up your grains! Rice is naturally gluten-free and wild rice in particular is packed with protein, so it's also a good option for vegetarians and vegans. Wild rice is higher in fiber than white rice, helping you to stay fuller longer. Make half of your grains whole starting with our Red Rice Blend with Bacon.

Wild Rice Bacon

Red Rice Blend with Bacon

Red Rice Blend with Bacon is a hearty yet healthy dish to add to the dinner table. Our recipe works well as a side or make it the main event by topping it with a hot protein, such as grilled chicken.

Serving Size: 1/2 cup. Makes 4 servings.


1/2 cup wild rice blend
3/4 cup water
2 slices bacon
1 3/4 teaspoons canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste, canned
1/3 cup crushed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon tabasco sauce


  1. Rinse wild rice in water and drain. Place the rice in a medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat. Add water and cook until the water starts to boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for 25 minutes or until al dente (all the water should be absorbed). Set aside. 
  2. Meanwhile, dice the bacon and place in a small skillet. Cook over medium heat until crunchy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon  and set aside on a paper towel to absorb excess fat. Reserve the bacon fat in the skillet. 
  3. Add the canola oil to the bacon fat and turn heat to medium. Add onions and cook until lightly caramelized, about 4 minutes. Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and Tabasco. Lower heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Add cooked rice to tomato mixture and stir well. Cook until the rice is heated through. Lastly, stir in the crispy bacon. 

Nutrition information per 1/2 cup portion: 150 calories, 4 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 95 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein 

Looking for more whole grain recipes? Try our Tricolor Quinoa Pilaf or Grilled Fish Tacos with Freekeh.