Side Dish Essentials: Green-Chili Laced Rice

Andy Anderson !


One of the essential elements of a good South-o-the-Border meal is some good Mexican rice. This is one of my favorites because it is simple to put together, and depending on the salsa you choose, and the spices you add, it can really pack a flavor punch.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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4 - 6
15 Min
20 Min
Stove Top



  • 2 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 medium
    yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c
    long-grained white rice (or brown)
  • 2 c
    chicken stock, not broth
  • 1/4 c
    salsa, your favorite brand
  • 3 medium
    tomatoes, blanched, peeled, and chopped, about 1 cup
  • 2 - 4 oz
    green chilies (1 small can)
  • 1 Tbsp
    lime juice, freshly squeezed

  • ·
    ground cumin
  • ·
    mexican oregano
  • ·
    black or white pepper, freshly ground
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety
  • ·
    cayenne pepper

How to Make Side Dish Essentials: Green-Chili Laced Rice


  2. Chef’s Note: I’ve made some recommendations for spices in this recipe; however, I didn’t add any specific amounts because the type of salsa you are using will determine what additional amounts of spice to add.

    I usually add a quarter teaspoon of cumin, oregano, and black pepper, and then a pinch of salt, and cayenne.
  3. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Add the oil to a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat.
  5. Add the onion, and cook until they soften and become translucent, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic, and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  7. Add the rice, and turn the heat up to medium high.
  8. Constantly stir the mixture, until the rice begins to brown, about 6 – 8 minutes.
  9. Chef’s Tip: This helps the grains keep some of their texture after they are cooked.
  10. Add the chicken stock, salsa, tomatoes, lime juice, and green chilies.
  11. Stir to combine.
  12. Bring the mixture up to a light simmer, and then reduce the heat to medium low.
  13. Chef’s Note: While the mixture is coming to a simmer, taste and check to see if any additional spices are desired.
  14. Cover the pan, and allow it to simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 15 – 20 minutes.
  16. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork, and serve as a side dish. Enjoy.
  17. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Side Dish Essentials: Green-Chili Laced Rice

Course/Dish: Rice Sides
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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