Rice Stuffing

Rice Stuffing

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Yay, the Holidays are here! It’s not only a great excuse to spend quality time with familia (family), but we also get a chance to experiment in merging our American and Mexican roots through cooking. This year that means that you’ll not only find the traditional bread based stuffing on our table, but we’re adding a Mexican fav – arroz (rice) – with this easy side – rice stuffing.

Rice Stuffing - yoursassyself.com

See, my Mom and Dad didn’t grow up eating turkey or stuffing for the holidays, but they’ve done a great job acclimating, with a few tweaks. Enter the need for a rice based dish, with some of the same yummy goodness in a traditional bread based stuffing. Since both of my parents are also a fan of sausage, I decided to add it to this dish. And the best part is that you can make it all the day of, or prepare it ahead of time so you have one less thing to worry about.  Here’s what you’ll need.

Rice Stuffing Ingredients - yoursassyself.com


  • 1 9 oz pckg of Vigo Yellow Rice (can be found at Big Lots)
  • 1 lb sausage, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 large onion, chopped
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, chopped


Add olive oil to a large pan, add in your chopped sausage (I used a smoked sausage, but feel free to add your fav), and allow it to cook over medium high heat.

Cooking Chopped Sausage - yoursassyself.com

Once it’s cooked for a few minutes, add in the onion and allow it to sauté for a couple of minutes.

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Onions and sausage cooking - yoursassyself.com

Then add in the celery, again allowing it to sauté for a few minutes, and

Celery, onions and sausage cooking - yoursassyself.com

then add the mushrooms.  Stir as needed and allow it all to cook until everything is soft and cooked through (you can store for later or continue onto the rice).

Cooking mushrooms, celery, onions and sausage - yoursassyself.com

Cook the rice according to package directions.

Making Vigo Yellow Rice - yoursassyself.com

Once done, add it into your cooked sausage and veggies and you’re done!  You can serve it as a side or stuffed in a pepper (great for chile rellenos) – either way it’s delicious!

Adding yellow rice to sausage mix - yoursassyself.com

Here’s a quick video recap.

Just another reason why this is my favorite time of the year. Not only do we get to eat amazingly yummy, colorful, fusion inspired food, but we get to reflect on all we have to be thankful for.

Mexican Thanksgiving Side - Rice Stuffing - yoursassyself.com

And I’m definitely thankful to be able to add new recipes to our Holiday menu, along with some great holiday dinnerware and decorations, which Big Lots has plenty of.

What fusion inspired dishes are you thankful for this season?

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Rocio Chavez

Digital Content Creator & Multimedia Designer at Your Sassy Self
I'm a Mexican-American, Sassy, Bilingual, Professional Woman with a passion for life long learning, sharing, and living my best life. I'm the founder and digital content creator for Your Sassy Self and work full time as a Multimedia Designer. Let's connect and see how we can change the world...or at least change our perspective of it. 😉
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