Here's how I made my version:
1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 lb green pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 24 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup water
1 cup beef broth
1-2 tsp beef base
splash of red wine vinegar
salt & pepper
Brown ground beef and drain fat....leave a little in the pan and saute the veggies in it until just getting soft. Add broth, water, beef base, vinegar, ground beef, salt and pepper.
Simmer together at least 15 minutes.
Serve with as much rice as you want in it.
I suppose you could cook the rice in it but I thought it would make it all thick and starchy and I didn't want that.
Update: I'm not really sure what beef base is either...but I used this stuff. There's a picture of a cow on it, must be ok.
Exciting announcement: I'm hoping to have a guest blogger soon. He lives in my house and my kids call him dad. He's going to be featuring his yummy apple cake, so stay tuned!