Verdant Chile Rice Fiesta

A Zesty Side Dish to Brighten Your Meal

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Verdant Chile Rice Fiesta

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 20 minutesCook time: 28 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 48 minutesServings:6 servingsCalories:300 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year


Indulge in the vibrant flavors of our Verdant Chile Rice Fiesta, a delicious side dish that combines the freshness of herbs with the kick of green chiles. Perfectly cooked rice is infused with a blend of aromatic spices and verdant greens, making it a colorful companion to any main course.



  1. Combine the romaine, fresh coriander, diced green chili peppers, husked tomatillos, chopped scallions, and minced garlic in a food processor. Blend thoroughly, pouring in just enough stock to yield a total of 3 cups of the green puree.
  2. Warm the oil in a saucepan, preferably between 2 and 3 quarts, over a medium-high flame. Introduce the rice and stir it around until it becomes translucent, which typically takes about 5 minutes. Stir in the verdant puree and a pinch of salt, and wait for the mixture to reach a rolling boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat to its lowest setting, cover the saucepan, and let the rice simmer gently. Allow it to cook until the rice is soft and has absorbed the liquid, which should take between 18 and 20 minutes.


  • – For a less spicy version, remove the seeds from the Serrano pepper before blending.
    – If fresh cilantro or spinach is not available, frozen alternatives can be used.
    – Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Keywords:Green Rice, Chile Rice, Side Dish, Herbed Rice, Spicy Rice
Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 227
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 807mg34%
Potassium 176mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 40g14%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g8%

Vitamin C 18 mg
Calcium 25 mg
Iron 2 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, you can use brown rice, but the cooking time will be longer, and you may need to adjust the water quantity.

How can I make this dish vegan?

The dish is already vegan-friendly as long as you use plant-based ingredients.

Is it possible to freeze this dish?

Yes, you can freeze the cooked rice in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Can I add protein to this dish?

Absolutely, you can stir in cooked beans, shredded chicken, or cooked shrimp at the end of cooking for added protein.

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    05/19/2024 07:35 am GMT

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