Caitlin's Mexican Rice Recipe -
Caitlin's Mexican Rice Recipe

Caitlin's Mexican Rice

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"A different twist on Mexican rice. It can also be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake."

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Original recipe makes 1 1 1/2 quart casserole Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Bring the rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Combine sour cream, green chilies, and salt in a small bowl. Layer 1/2 of the cooked rice on the bottom of a 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Spread the sour cream mixture over the rice, and sprinkle the Monterey Jack cheese evenly on top. Layer half of the olives, followed by the remaining cooked rice and the Cheddar cheese. Decorate the top of the casserole with the remaining olives.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese has melted, 30 to 40 minutes.
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Aug 30, 2010

This recipe wasn't bad by any means, but I made my own version, which needs to be altered, I cooked a boil-in-bag rice bag, once it was done, I put it in a bowl w/ the black olives, chilies, and added a can of medium red enchilada sauce. Mixed that together, then poured it into the casserole dish and covered w/ cheese and baked 20-25 minutes. After tasting I really should've cut the chilies in half, you could hardly taste the awesome flavor of the enchilada sauce. My friends that ate it loved it, they agreed that had I not added the enchilada sauce it really woul've been missing something. One friend also suggested halving the amount of chilies and chopping up the olives better rather than just putting them in as is from the can.

Apr 19, 2011

I didn't layer the casserole. I just cooked the rice (with organic chicken broth instead of water) and I just mixed up the cooked rice with the chilies, the monterey jack cheese and olives. I poured the mixture in the baking dish and just sprinkled the cheddar over the top and baked it. This was good, but not quite there for me. I think this would have been have been good with some fresh minced garlic, fresh chopped onion and maybe some cumin? Maybe half tomato juice or tomato sauce in place of some of the sour cream? It needs a little somethin'-somethin'. My littlest ate the heck out of this, even with the olives so that was a win in my book.

May 27, 2012

I made this recipe as is the first time and thought it was good, but, was bland for our taste. I think if you like things without a lot of spice or seasoning you would like this as is. Based on this recipe I would give it a 3. With it as a starting point - I made it a second time cooking the rice in chicken broth and adding cumin and chili powder while cooking. After it was cooked instead of layering I mixed the sour cream, green chilies, monterey jack, olives, 1 can mexicorn, and 3 green onions. Topped with the cheddar and baked according to directions. I think it is a great starting point. Try it as is and then adjust to your taste. Thanks, Kristina!


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  • Calories
  • 330 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.6 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 17.2 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 11 g
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 574 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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