I’ll never stop loving beans and rice at Mexican restaurants. Granted, 99% of what I love is Tex-Mex rather than authentic Mexican food, but it’s one of my favorite part of a Tex-Mex meal. It’s the measuring stick I use to grade restaurants. If the beans and rice are on point, I find that much of the rest of the menu will follow suit. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s often a delicious one. #beansandriceforev
Red rice is incredible, but every once in a while, I’ll order green rice (arroz verde) at a restaurant and love it. It’s bright, it brings a different flavor profile to the meal, and, it turns out, Magic Green Rice is super easy to make at home.
Just a few ingredients–green chiles (or jalapeño or a fresh poblano), some cilantro, spinach, and lime juice take the flavor up a notch and add a bit of nutrition to simple starch.
I love the bright color and love that it’s not too spicy for kids to eat. It makes a spectacular base for burrito bowls (Like these yummy Chipotle Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls), but it’s also a great side dish for some grilled fish or chicken.
Notes on the recipe:
Turn up the heat. This is a mild recipe. You can always turn the heat up with a jalapeño or a whole poblano chile instead of the green chiles. Different peppers will carry different levels of heat, so check your chile before adding a full one to the recipe!
How much rice? Lastly, this amount of green topping can cover 2-3 cups of rice. The more rice it covers, the more diluted and mild the flavor becomes, so if you want the flavor to be a real punch, I’d stick with 2 cups of rice, or double the amounts and stir it into 3-4 cups of rice.
For speed. You can also go the route of stirring some green salsa into your rice instead (add some spinach or don’t, it’s up to you). This is our favorite green salsa recipe, but you can always use store-bought!
- 1 (4oz) can green chiles (don't drain)
- 1½ cups spinach
- ½ cup fresh cilantro
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- salt, to taste
- 2-3 cups cooked rice
- In a blender or food processor, puree the green chiles, spinach, cilantro, lime zest and juice with a pinch of salt until very smooth. Taste and add additional salt, as desired.
- Stir into warm, cooked rice and serve warm!
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