Grains

Arroz Verde (Mexican Green Rice)

April 28, 2020
Photo by Quisine Queen B
Author Notes

Spice up plain rice with a flavorful blend of onions, chilies, cilantro, herbs, spices, AND spinach to make it super green. Trick your kids into eating more veg! —Quisine Queen B

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white parboiled rice
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil (or any type of cooking oil)
  • 1 tablespoon plant-based margarine (or butter)
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1 onion, cut into large chunks
  • 3 scallions, sliced (white parts will be used in the water to cook the rice)
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 jalapeno or habenero pepper, seeded and white membrane removed
  • 1 teaspoon Adobo seasoning or Better Than Bouillon Roasted Chicken paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano (or Italian oregano)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup spinach, fresh or defrosted
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded, large dice
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • green parts of the scallion sliced earlier
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. In a medium-sized pot on low-medium heat, add the oil and margarine/butter. Add the rice to the pot and toast it for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the grains are golden.
  2. In a small blender, add the water, onion, white parts of the scallions, garlic, jalapeno, and spices (ending at 'ground black pepper). Blend until smooth. Then, pour the liquid over the rice and stir. Allow the rice to come to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. While the rice is cooking, add to the same blender the spinach, poblano, cilantro, green parts of the scallions, lime juice, and salt. Blend the ingredients until smooth.
  4. When the rice has finished cooking, remove the lid and fluff it with a fork. Next, pour in the green liquid and continue to fluff as it absorbs. Top with fresh cilantro, if desired, and serve.

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