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Peppered Cilantro Rice

This colorful confetti rice is a traditional dish in Puerto Rico. We enjoy it in the summer alongside grilled shrimp kabobs, but it is good with most any entree. -Laura Lunardi of West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small sweet yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro


  • In a large saucepan, saute the onion, peppers and garlic in oil until crisp-tender. Add the water, rice, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until rice is tender, 18-22 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork. Stir in cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 156 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 298mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • Janadele
    Jul 29, 2014

    A good simple side dish.

  • linda92679
    Apr 1, 2013

    The taste of sautéed onion was overpowering and the rice came out soggy

  • BarbieQgal
    Aug 13, 2012

    This was very good and all six people eating it raved about it. I did use half chicken stock/water for boiling the rice for extra flavor. I also only sauteed the garlic and then waited to add the chopped bell peppers to the rice after it started boiling. That way the peppers still kept their nice color while still adding to the flavor of the rice while cooking. I love cilantro and added a handful of it after cooked. This was a very nice light healthy rice dish with pretty color for serving guest, and our guest raved about it.

  • cheeriogirl
    May 10, 2012

    this is great. Could vary the seasonings easily.

  • serendipity1212
    Sep 12, 2007

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  • Debbilou
    Jul 11, 2007

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