First, cook the rice in a separate pan. Next, on medium heat sauté onions in the olive oil until translucent. I like to use my iron skillet because it always adds flavor. Add the ground beef with a splash of water to get it cooking while mixing it with the onions. Once the meat is cooked, lower the heat to low, adding the spices, garlic, parsley and orange bell pepper. Continue cooking on low for 5-8 more minutes tossing all ingredients together.
Turn off heat and add cooked rice to the mixture in the pan. More salt might be need for taste.
Next take the grape leaves out of jar, and rinse them, as they usually are preserved in brine water. Pat dry the grape leaves and place them on the plate. Finally serve a spoonful onto each leaf. This can all be done at the table with a communal dish in the middle of the table.
This dish is not likely to be served at a dinner party, but to be eaten with family, so you can laugh and enjoy these exotic beauties without feeling embarrassed to eat with your hands!
Dish serves 4 people with 9 small tacos each.
Good Health to you!