Arroz Verde (Green Rice)


This green rice, or arroz verde, is so rich and full of flavor… not to mention the vibrant green color!  You can pair this rice with any main dish!


Green rice.  Sounds weird, but I promise you… this is one strikingly delicious side dish!  I love it alongside just about any entree, and really enjoy the nice change up from other traditional rice dishes.

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It’s no secret that I’m basically hopelessly hooked on Mexican food… I mean just take a look HERE to see all my Mexican inspired dishes (with more to come!).  But when it comes to side dishes, I would tend to stick with the same rice recipe.  Now don’t get me wrong… it’s a GREAT recipe, but I wanted some variety!

This past summer I picked up a copy of Fine Cooking’s Mexican issue and pretty much drooled all over every single page of the magazine.  But one dish in particular really stood out to me… Arroz Verde.

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So fresh, so vibrant… so beautiful!  And I love that there’s no dye or coloring in this dish… just a handful of great ingredients.  I did make a slight change… I added some minced jalapeno for a slight kick, but you could leave that out if you’d prefer.  Feel free to change up the pepper too, if you prefer poblanos or another type of pepper.

Since the jalapeno cooks with the rice, the heat really mellows the spiciness.

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Even though you’ll be toasting the uncooked rice in some oil, this green rice has some great nutrients in it since half of the green color comes from fresh spinach!  That makes it totally healthy right??!  Suuuuuure, we’ll go with that!

My personal favorite recipes to serve alongside this rice are my smothered beef barbacoa chimichangas, slow cooker pork carnitas, and Caribbean citrus habanero chicken skewers.

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I’m pretty sure this is my new favorite rice dish, and I anticipate making it over and over and over again this summer!!


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5 from 1 vote
6 servings
Arroz Verde (Green Rice)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
28 mins
Total Time
33 mins
 
This green rice, or arroz verde, is so rich and full of flavor... not to mention the vibrant green color! You can pair this rice with any main dish!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup tightly packed fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh spinach leaves
  • 1-1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lime quartered
Instructions
  1. To a blender or food processor, add cilantro, spinach, chicken stock, milk and salt. Puree until smooth and well combined. Set aside.
  2. Add olive oil and butter to a large saucepan (with tight fitting lid), and heat over MED heat.
  3. Add rice and stir. Saute rice, stirring often, until it starts to toast and turn golden brown. This will take about 3 minutes or so.
  4. Add onion, jalapeno and garlic, and saute for an additional minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Pour in pureed mixture, stirring to combine well.
  6. Increase heat to HIGH to bring to a boil. Once it boils, reduce heat to LOW, cover with lid, and cook for 20 minutes.
  7. Stir rice once, cover pan again and cook another 5 minutes.
  8. Turn off the heat and let rice sit in the covered pot for 10 minutes.
  9. Fluff with a fork and serve.
  10. Squeeze a lime quarter over the rice right before eating for extra freshness!
Recipe Notes

1. Rice cooking times are approximate, as all burners cook differently. If you think your burner cooks hotter, you might want to check the rice for doneness after the 20 minutes and adjust from there.
2. Recipe adapted slightly from Fine Cooking magazine, Mexican issue

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Arroz Verde Green Rice | This green rice, or arroz verde, is so rich and full of flavor... not to mention the vibrant green color! You can pair this rice with any main dish! | http://thechunkychef.com
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13 comments on “Arroz Verde (Green Rice)”

  1. I’m totally making this!

  2. oh I’m drooling!! This might be my new favorite dish too!!

  3. This is one beautiful bowl of rice! Love that color!

  4. what a pretty and delicious looking dish

  5. We always have the same rice recipe with our Mexican as well. We love it, but I think it would be great to swtich it up sometimes! Going to try this!

  6. That rice is so beautiful! Love the color and the flavors!

  7. I could eat this rice every night for dinner and be one happy girl!! I need to make this asap!! Loving that pretty green color too!

  8. Love this! I always wondered what went in to vibrant rice dishes like this. Will definitely be trying soon!

  9. Amanda this is such a treat to add to any dish…love this and it looks great too.

  10. I am stuck in a rice rut! Your gorgeous recipe may be just the solution!

  11. I’ve never had this kind of rice before… It looks tasty!

  12. this sounds like the best kind of side dish!!!

  13. I have made this rice three times already and it has been an amazing hit with children as young as two and adults! The cilantro flavor and the seasoning is perfect! Thank you for such an fabulous recipe!