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Arroz Tapado For Kids (Upside-down Stuffed Rice)

A traditional rice and beef dish that's very popular thanks to its deep savory flavor and simple ingredients.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Peruvian
Keyword arroz tapado, rice, stuffed rice
Servings 4 people
Author Chef Maria Cummins


  • Mixing bowl
  • Cutting Board and knife
  • Large skillet and burner
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Small ramekin or bowl
  • Serving plate


  • ¼ cup  avocado oil
  • 1 cup white onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cumin (optional)
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 lbs Ground turkey (½ kilo)
  • cup Black olives (pitted, cut in fourths)
  • cup raisins
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Eggs Hard-boiled, chopped or quartered
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped
  • 6 cups Brown rice (cooked. [optional: rice can be cooked with green peas and carrots or with corn])
  • ½ cup Beef broth (or water) -- optional


  • Cook rice following bag instructions. Set aside and keep warm.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat and sauté the onion and garlic.
  • When the onion is soft and translucent, add paprika, cumin, and tomato paste. Stir for a minute until incorporated and then add the ground Turkey.
  • Cook for 10 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring often. If the mixture looks dry, add some beef broth to make it juicy, no more than ½ cup. Cook until there is no liquid left, but the mixture should be moist.
  • When the ground turkey is cooked, season to taste with salt and pepper, and add raisins, black olives, hard-boiled eggs, and parsley. Mix well. Turn off the heat.
  • In the bottom of an oiled ramekin or bowl, make a layer of the cooked rice (about ⅓ cup), pressing with a spoon. Over this make a layer of the ground Turkey mixture and lastly cover with another layer of rice. Place a plate over the ramekin or bowl and turn it upside down. Unmold the ramekin/bowl.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley. I also like to garnish with hard-boiled egg slices as well.
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