Mexican Rice Casserole with Chiles and Cheese

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
A tasty dish blending all the delicious south-of-the-border flavors. Can stand alone as a main dish or works equally well as a side dish.


  • 4 cups cooked rice, white or brown
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat Monterey Jack cheese*, shredded
  • 4 oz green chiles, chopped (one 4-ounce can)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt (sea salt if on a corn-free diet*)t
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a medium bowl, combine cooked rice with cheese, chiles, cilantro and green onions. Mix together.
  • In a small bowl, stir together sour cream, cumin, salt and pepper. Add to rice mixture and stir thoroughly. Spray a medium casserole dish or 9x9-inch (23x23cm) baking pan with vegetable oil spray. Spread rice mixture into casserole or baking dish and bake uncovered in the oven for approximately 30–40 minutes until cheese melts. Alternately, place in the microwave and cook until heated through.

* Allergy notes: People following a corn-free diet should avoid iodized salt since it contains dextrose, which should be avoided by those allergic to corn. The egg protein lysozyme is an unlabeled additive in some cheeses. People allergic to eggs should eliminate any cheese in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 365
  Calories from Fat 115 (32%)
(20%)Total Fat 13g
(39%)Saturated Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
(13%)Cholesterol 38mg
(16%)Sodium 380mg
(8%)Potassium 283mg
Total Carbohydrate 51g
(8%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(22%)Protein 11g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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