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Armenian Rice

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We eat a lot of rice in Mexico and is often served with chicken, soup and more. It can be red, green, or white depending on what we are serving it with. This recipe isn’t Mexican, but if you are looking for another way to prepare your rice, you are in the right place and you will love this!

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Even if you do not like rice, you will love this recipe! It has bacon, almonds, rice, sauteed onions, and the flavors go perfectly together!

The day that I got home from the hospital after giving birth to our second son, my mother-in-law very kindly offered to bring us dinner. She brought a delicious meal consisting of Parmesan chicken , salad, and as a side dish – this delicious rice recipe which has mushrooms, bacon, and almonds for an added crunch. Being that I love rice, I absolutely loved this dish!

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After trying it for the first time, I immediately asked her for the recipe and with her permission I am sharing it here now. It is very simple to make like most of my other recipes – all you have to do is saute the ingredients, empty them into a baking dish, and cook for one hour. There are so many things that this would go well with – including my delicious easy mole (mo-lay) recipe.

When I asked my mother-in-law where she got the recipe I was surprised! My sister-in-law was a missionary in Armenia, so I assumed that that is where it comes from, but she told me that she actually had gotten the recipe years ago at a church activity!

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Like I mentioned above, in most south and central American countries rice is a staple that is served with many different kinds of food and is usually cooked with some type of fresh sauce. This version, however, does not have any sauce at all, but it is still absolutely delicious The almonds give it a great crunch and together with the bacon it has an amazing flavor combination. I have to admit, I don’t only like this rice because it is delicious, but also because it is foolproof – if you follow this recipe, it will come out perfectly!

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A few weeks ago I got a sweet email from one of my readers asking me where this recipe had gone. Apparently it had disappeared when I re-branded my site and honestly I didn’t even realize it was gone. This is basically what he said, “I am looking for a recipe that i found on this site a long time ago. It was called Armenian Rice and it was delicious!”

That motivated me to put it back up right away and now I hope that you all enjoy it too!

Even if you do not like rice, you will love this recipe! It has bacon, almonds, rice, sauteed onions, and the flavors go perfectly together!
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Armenian Rice


  • 1 Small package of Bacon Bits or you can make your own bacon and crumble it.
  • 1/2 Cup of finely chopped onions.
  • 1 Can of mushroooms drained.
  • 1 Can of Beef Stock
  • 1/4 Cup of Butter
  • 1 Cup of Uncooked Rice
  • 1/4 Cup of Chopped Almonds
  • 1 Cup of Water


  • Saute the onion in the butter until translucent, add the bacon bits, and mix well.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and let cook for another minute or two.
  • Empty everything into a 9 x 13 baking dish and bake uncovered at 350 for one hour.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool slightly and enjoy!
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Saturday 8th of October 2016

You also need to specify what size of pan it looks like a 13 by 9

Charbel Barker

Monday 10th of October 2016

Thanks Bonnie! Yes, it is 9x13. I will update now.


Sunday 21st of August 2016

Is the rice cooked or uncooked?

Charbel Barker

Monday 22nd of August 2016

Hi Deb,

When you add the rice it should be uncooked, and it will cook when you bake the casserole. Sorry for the confusion and I just updated the recipe to say "uncooked rice." Thanks!


Wednesday 15th of June 2016

What size can of beef many ounces?


Wednesday 15th of June 2016

Hi Carol, this should be a 14 Oz. can of beef stock. Thanks for checking!


Wednesday 1st of June 2016

What type of rice do you recommend for this?

Charbel Barker

Wednesday 1st of June 2016

Hi Justine! I always use white rice, but you can really use any kind :)


Thursday 26th of May 2016

If you fry your own bacon, how much should be used? Also, how long do the ingredients need to be sautéed for? Thanks.

Charbel Barker

Friday 27th of May 2016

Hi Kenia. If you are going to make your own bacon (which is a great idea!) you should probably use about 4-5 slices at least. You can always use more or less depending on your own preference, but that sounds about right to me. You should just saute the onions until they are translucent, probably 3-5 minutes and then add the bacon and stir well. Then add the rest of the ingredients, mix them all together and let it cook for another minute or two. I will update the instructions to clarify that point. Thanks for asking and let me know how it turns out!

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