Sour cream and green chile rice.
Coming up with side dish ideas are a blight on meal times. We have a tendency to eat the same three things continually. Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, and salad. Pretty much anything I cook will go with one of those three foods.
While I enjoy all of those the repetition is mind and tastebud numbingly boring. Please tell me I am not the only one who has this problem. And on the nights we have baked potatoes and salad for dinner I can’t decide which is the main dish and which is the side.
One night while I was making Mexican food I knew I wanted to make rice of some sort to go with the meal. I was out of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes so that meant no Mexican rice or arroz con tomate. I had also used the last bit of cheese in the enchiladas so that meant I couldn’t make green chile and cheese rice.
I did, however, have a jar of my favorite green chile salsa and some sour cream so sour cream and green chile rice was born. Without the cheese I was afraid that the rice would dry out in the oven so I made everything in a pot on the stove.
The end result of my kitchen experimentation is a slightly spicy, creamy rice that goes fabulously well with Mexican and Tex-Mex foods and would taste great with grilled chicken or even simple roast chicken for something other than mashed potatoes.
10 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 2 Tablespoons oil or butter
- 1 1/2 cups white rice
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup green chile salsa or 4 ounce can diced green chiles
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup sour cream
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
- In a pot with tight fitting lid, heat the oil until shimmering
- Add the rice and cook for 3 minutes or until the rice has a nutty smell
- Add the chicken broth
- Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed and rice is done
- Fluff grains with a fork.
- Place the sour cream in a small bowl and beat with a spoon or whisk to thin it a bit
- Stir the green chile salsa
- Pour over rice
- Sprinkle with cilantro
- Mix well
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