1.25 - 1.33 lbs good grade ground sirloin (Or ground round, or "extra lean" ground beef. Should be 15% fat or less listed on the label.)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 large green pepper, seeded & cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 jar Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 c. long grain white rice
2.5 c. water
Brown ground beef in skillet over medium heat, turning & breaking up often. When meat is just about done, add chopped onion & garlic; cook until onion starts to become translucent. Add green pepper, blending well.
Add seasonings to taste. I use the "shake 1-2 tsp" of each. Blend into meat/veggie mixture.
Add tomatoes with juice & jar of sauce. Stir well; reduce heat to low simmer & cook, covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the sauce simmers, prepare rice. Combine rice & water in large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Immediately reduce heat to simmer, cover & cook 14-18 minutes until all liquid is absorbed.
Stir rice into sauce. Simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.