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Southwestern Green Rice

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + standing Cook: 25 min. + standing


5 servings

Instead of reaching for a box of Mexican rice, round out the Southwestern menu with this cilantro-spinach dish from our Test Kitchen.


  • 1 medium green pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 package (10 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Broil green pepper and jalapeno 4 in. from the heat until skins blister, about 4 minutes. With tongs, rotate peppers a quarter turn. Broil and rotate until all sides are blistered and blackened. Immediately place peppers in a bowl; cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Peel off and discard charred skin. Remove stems and seeds; chop peppers.
  2. Place 1 cup of water in a food processor. Add the peppers, spinach, cilantro and onions; cover and process until smooth.
  3. In a large skillet, saute rice in oil until golden brown. Stir in the spinach puree, salt and remaining water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

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