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Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives

This Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives is a perfect side dish when you want something that can cook mostly unattended, and I’d love this as a summer side that won’t heat up the house. And this tasty rice is gluten-free, meatless, and South Beach Diet Phase Two. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives found on KalynsKitchen.com

I first made this delicious Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives with Jake, a few years ago and just before I packed up my house where I’d lived for 25 years and moved to the new house. At the time I remarked about how good this was, even if it wasn’t that photogenic, but I think the new version made in the Crock-Pot Casserole Crock Slow Cooker is actually quite pretty! Maybe it was just easier to make it when I wasn’t focused on moving.

I’m a real convert to slow cooker rice; have you tried it? Cooking the rice in the slow cooker means you don’t have to watch it much, and if you want a summer side dish for something cooked on the grill, you can make this without heating up the house.  I think this rice also makes a nice vegetarian main dish with all the flavors going on here. I loved this when I first made it with Jake, and loved it even more when I made it in the Casserole Crock to get these greatly-improved photos.

(Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives was first posted March 2013 and was updated with greatly improved photos June 2016. For the updated version made in the Casserole Crock, I increased the size of the recipe just a bit, switched parsley for sliced green onions, used two colors of peppers and increased the amount of Feta. Use the printer-friendly link for the original recipe if you want to use a smaller slow cooker. I updated the original recipe with options for the changes I made this time.)

Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives found on KalynsKitchen.com
Heat olive oil and saute the rice until it’s nicely browned. Add rice to the slow cooker. Add a little more oil and saute the onions until they’re starting to barely brown, about 4-5 minutes. Then add the garlic, Greek Seasoning, and Oregano and cook a couple of minutes more. Deglaze the pan with 2 cans chicken or vegetable broth and enough water to make 4 cups.

Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives found on KalynsKitchen.com
Add the broth/onion mixture to the slow cooker, stir, and cook on high about 1 1/2 hours (or until the rice is partly softened but not done.) While rice cooks chops the red and green pepper and green onion, slice the olives, and crumble the Feta. Stir in the peppers and cook about 15 minutes. Then add the olives and crumbled Feta and cook another 15 minutes, or until rice is done.

Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives found on KalynsKitchen.com
When the rice is done to your liking, stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Sprinkle the rice with the rest of the crumbled Feta and sliced green onions and serve!

Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives
(Makes 6-8 servings; recipe adapted from Greek Rice in Crock-Pot 365 Year-Round Recipes.)

Equipment:

I used my Crock-Pot Casserole Crock Slow Cooker for this recipe. If you want to make it in a smaller slow cooker, scroll down to the printer-friendly link for the original recipe.

Ingredients:
1 T + 1 tsp. olive oil
2 cups Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice
1 onion, chopped small
1 T minced garlic
1 tsp. Greek Seasoning (I like Greektown “Billygoat” Seasoning from The Spice House.)
1 tsp. dried oregano (preferably Greek oregano)
2 cans (14 oz. each) chicken or vegetable stock plus enough water to make 4 cups
1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
3/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives (or regular black olives will also be good)
1 cup crumbled Feta cheese + 1/2 cup more for sprinkling on top if desired
1/4 cup sliced green onion (or more)
1-2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat the olive oil in a large heavy frying pan, add the rice and saute until the rice is nicely browned (watch it carefully.)  Put the browned rice into the slow cooker.  

Add the other teaspoon of oil and the onions and cook until they start to brown, about 4-5 minutes.  Then add the garlic, Greek seasoning, and dried oregano and cook a couple minutes more.  Add the stock/water mixture and scrape the pan to remove any browned bits; then add the onion/stock mixture to the slow cooker with the rice.  Cook on high for 1 1/2 hours.
While the rice cooks finely chop the bell peppers, slice green onions, and crumble the Feta. After 1 1/2 hours (or when the rice is fairly softened, but not completely done) add the bell peppers and cook 15 minutes more. Then add the Feta and sliced olives to the slow cooker and cook another 15 minutes.  
Check to be sure the rice is as cooked as you’d like it, then stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste. Top with additional crumbled Feta and green onions as desired and serve hot.

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Low-Carb Diet Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:

Because some starchiness is removed in the converting process, Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice is actually the most low-glycemic type of rice you can buy, making this a great dish for low-glycemic diets or Phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet, and this recipe is also gluten-free and can be vegetarian if you use vegetable stock. Rice isn’t low in carbs, but this rice with added vegetables, olives, and cheese would be lower in carbs than most rice dishes.

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29 comments on “Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives”

  1. Throw in some chickpeas for protein and I would happily call this lunch! I love greek flavors!!

  2. Joanne, you are brilliant!

  3. That looks a great recipe and I love that it cooks in the Slow Cooker!

    Sympathy on the move. I never lived anywhere longer than 8 years (and many places less) till we moved to this house 20 years ago.

    Junk has accumulated and I think we've left it too long to move again without a lot of pain 🙁

  4. Thanks Pat! The only thing that's keeping this move from being downright painful is how much I love the new house. That keeps me going, but it's pretty awful.

  5. You are giving me the courage to try more slow cooker rice dishes. I've only done a few, and usually make rice in the rice cooker. But I love the idea of adding ingredients every few minutes while the rice continues to cook, so this recipe is going on my list.

  6. Lydia, the rice is pretty foolproof in the slow cooker, just like the rice cooker.

  7. I intend to try it with the chickpeas, great idea. I guess they'll get thrown in sometime toward the end. I know you use Uncle Ben's, but I'm going to try it with brown rice.

    Add my sympathies on the move.. Have lived in current house for 22 years and can't imagine packing all the accumulated "stuff". Best of luck!

  8. Doren, I have so much more stuff than I ever imagined. I think brown rice will work, but it will take a little longer to cook.

  9. I'd like to try this with brown rice too… how much longer would the cooking time be?

  10. Debbie I haven't done it with brown rice, so I don't know exactly how much longer it would take, but I'd guess 15-30 minutes at least.

  11. Pretty much anything with Greek in the title sounds good to me!!

  12. Becky, I'd have to agree!

  13. Kalyn, this sounds so flavorful! I've tried different versions of rice, but have never thought of combining it with feta and olives, brilliant! My favorite ingredient to add in rice is boiled chickpeas, which is so typical in Turkish cuisine, but I love your version too! Would love to pair it with yogurt!

  14. This looks great! I bet it pairs really well with grilled chicken.

  15. We are having this for dinner tonight! I pinned it a few days ago. I am definitely drooling over the flavors, and especially since I have cut them up and smell them altogether.

    I keep looking at the clock in anticipation!

    Thank you so much for the wealth of recipes on your blog. I am the only vegetarian among my 2 boys and husband. My husband has started to eat more vegetarian meals, so it is a budget saver!

    Thanks!

  16. Beja, hope you all enjoyed it! Glad to hear my blog is helpful for you too.

  17. It was delicious! My husband stirred a little hummus into his.

  18. I love that idea, and so glad you enjoyed it!

  19. Dee, without experimenting and trying it I wouldn't be able to give recommendations (especially not for adapting from slow cooker *and* increasing amounts by so much.) If you have time to experiment, you could probably start with a recipe like my Really Lemony Greek Pilafi and the stir in the pepper, Feta, and olives at the end, but I couldn't say exactly how much to use for the amounts you want.

  20. I really want to make this, but am having trouble finding the Greek Seasoning. Can you recommend a grocery store that I might find it in, or have a recipe to make my own? I have zero Greek experience so I don't even know what the flavors would be. Thanks! Can't wait to try this for dinner!

    • Sarah, there's a link in the post to buy Greek Seasoning from the Spice House, my favorite brand. But I think most any grocery store will have some brand of Greek Seasoning by the spices, Cavender's Greek Seasoning is a common brand. I'm sure you can also get it at Amazon.com. Greek seasoning is a blend of garlic, lemon, and oregano; you can probably just use those three seasonings and it would be fine. I'd be suspicious of Greek Seasoning recipes with too many ingredients but this Greek Seasoning Recipe sounds about right to me. Hope that helps.

    • Thank you! I'm heading to the store today! I can't wait to make this tomorrow! (it may have been my computer, but when I clicked on the seasoning link, it took me to the Uncle Ben's rice link instead)

    • Sarah, duh. I am fixing that right now! But I bet you can find it at the store.

  21. This sounds yum. Do you have any idea if you increase liquid or how you would cook regular rice? I don't use the converted type.

    • Without trying it, I am not sure how you'd need to adjust to cook regular rice (or even how regular rice will work in a slow cooker; I think the converted rice stays a bit firmer.) You might be able to tell by googling the two types of rice and comparing the amount of liquid and cooking times.

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