Arroz Verde (Mexican Green Rice)

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"Original recipes comes from The Complete Book of Mexican Cooking, however I've made some adjustments (of course)! I prefer the roasted chiles but fresh chopped chiles can be used. If a smooth texture rice is preferred see note at bottom of instructions."

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (276.1 g)
  • Calories 198
  • Total Fat - 7.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 715.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 29.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.8 g
  • Sugars - 5.3 g
  • Protein - 3.4 g
  • Calcium - 37.7 mg
  • Iron - 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add garlic and rice; saute for approximately 3 mnutes or until golden.

Step 2

To pot add broth, peppers, onions, cumin, salt, pepper. Cover; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook until tender and all the liquid has absorbed (approximately 20 minutes).

Step 3

Stir in cilantro and garnish with chopped green onions.

Step 4

NOTE: If a smooth texture is preferred, puree the onion and chilis in a little broth before adding to the pot.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Texas Terrie

I used green peppers and added fresh lime juice and lime zest. Delicious with Tacos and in Burritos. Great tasting rice!

review by:
(13 Oct 2021)


I used bell peppers but next time I will use ones with a little more heat. Great flavors in this rice and we will make this again!

review by:
(28 Jan 2020)


I made this to go with some Beef Fajitas I was making and it was a great side and went so well with them. I used brown rice which worked out just as well as the white, and healthier for us too!

review by:
(14 Aug 2013)


This is a great side dish to have with our Mexican fare. I made it this last time to go with burritos. It was so good with some Cheese Queso poured over the top!

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(24 May 2013)

Bergy (RIP" Forever in our Kitchen)

A very tasty recipe I love cilantro and was a bit generous with it. I used bell peppers yellow, red and green. It all came together making a lovely side dish that I will be made over and over again Thanks GW for posting it.

(19 Apr 2013)