Green Chile Rice

This Green Chile Rice has always been a favorite side dish recipe for dinner.

Serving of Green Chile Rice

In this recipe, cooked white rice is combined with buttery sauteed onions, sour cream, cottage cheese and spices.  Then you’ll layer the rice mixture, whole canned mild green chiles and sharp cheddar cheese in a casserole dish.  

Green Chile Rice in a casserole dish

After 25 minutes in the oven, the cheese is bubbly and the rice is nice and creamy.

Spoonful of Green Chile Rice

Every spoonful will grab creamy rice, chiles and plenty of melted cheese!  I love to make this recipe as a side to go with tacos, fajitas and grilled carne asada.

If you’re looking for more Mexican side dish recipes, you might also enjoy my Mexican Chopped Salad and this Easy Mexican RiceMexican Corn and Mexican Slaw Salad with Black Beans are also great choices!

5 from 1 vote

Green Chile Rice

Great side dish to Mexican main dishes!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Mexican, Rice
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 416 kcal


  • 3 4-ounce cans whole green chiles, drained
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 4 cups hot cooked white rice
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup small curd low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 large bay leaf, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 12x8-inch baking dish.
  2. Slice the chiles lengthwise into halves, discarding the seeds. Set aside.
  3. Sauté the onion in butter in a large skillet until golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in the cooked rice, sour cream, cottage cheese, bay leaf, salt and pepper.

  4. Layer rice mixture, chiles and cheddar cheese 1/2 at a time in prepared dish. Bake for 25 minutes, or until bubbly.
  5. Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

  • *If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN-FREE, just be sure to use a brand of chiles that is known to be GF.
Nutrition Facts
Green Chile Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 416 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 702mg 29%
Potassium 237mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 17.8%
Vitamin C 20.1%
Calcium 31.4%
Iron 6.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Joanne wrote:

    So rich and flavorful at the same time!