Maya Angelou's Red Rice


  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes reserve the juice
  • 1 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup water and tomato juice


  • Fry the bacon up and then chop up the cooked bacon, leaving about 1 Tbs of grease in the pan.
  • Cook the onion and peppers a few minutes, stirring, then add everything else. (Drain the can of tomatoes into a 1 cup measuring cup then top off with water.)
  • Bring to a boil and cook 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir, turn down the heat, cover and cook another 15 minutes or so.