Caribbean Confetti Rice

Fragrant Caribbean Confetti Rice Recipe | ASpicyPerspective.comFragrant tender Caribbean Confetti Rice, a vibrant side dish for all your spring and summer get-togethers!

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I’d rather eat rice than just about any other carby dish I can think of.

Its sweet nutty aroma and fluffy texture makes it an appealing platform for all sorts of seasonings and toppings.

Most of my very favorite meals include rice in some fashion… Thai fried rice, Korean Bibimbap, Hungarian Chicken Paprikas. I could go on and on.

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Rice dishes make great party or potluck options because they are usually just as tasty at room temperature as they are hot.

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That is definitely the case with today’s recipe, Caribbean Confetti Rice. Its sweet tropical essence combined with colorful veggies and spice make it a thrill to the tastebuds at any temperature.

In fact, I’ll even eat it cold, straight out of the fridge!

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Caribbean Confetti Rice is a marvelous side dish this time of year to serve with all your grilled proteins.

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With coconut milk, allspice, pineapple chunks, garlic and sweet bell peppers all tossed in, the rice itself offers so much flavor and texture, you can throw a few shrimp or a grilled chicken breast on top for a complete meal that dazzles.

Yet what really makes the flavor pop is the addition of sweet and smoky Old El Paso Green Chiles and Sliced Pickled Jalapeños.

Old El Paso Chiles

With fresh jalapeños, you never really know what you are going to get.

They can range from bland as white bread with absolutely no flavor, to hotter than hades, all in the same grocery store batch. Because of this, Old El Paso Pickled Sliced Jalapeños are a great option, providing a slightly more predictable tangy and spicy bite to the rice.

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I have no doubt this Caribbean Confetti Rice recipe will become an instant family favorite.

It not only makes a great potluck dish, it’s a fantastic leftover as well. My kids took it to school for lunch for several days in a row, then mourned its disappearance after it was gone. I love sending them off with healthy (leftover) dishes loaded with flavor and goodness, rather than PB&J every day.

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Caribbean Confetti Rice will be on our regular monthly menu from hear on out. Try it with our healthy baked pina colada shrimp!

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Caribbean Confetti Rice

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

5 / 5 (8 Reviews)
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Caribbean Confetti Rice – a fragrant coconut rice recipe loaded with chiles, sweet peppers, pineapple, cilantro, and spices. Easy to make and so delicious.


  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups diced red and yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 15 ounces canned pineapple tidbits, drained and juice reserved
  • 4.5 ounces Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1/4 cup Old El Paso Sliced Jalapeños, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Add the rice, coconut milk, garlic cloves, salt, allspice, cayenne, and reserved pineapple juice to a medium sauce pot. Use the coconut milk can to add 14 ounces water to the rice. Stir well. Set over medium heat and cover. Bring to a boil, then stir and lower the heat. Cover and allow the rice to cook until the liquid is absorbed and air holes form in the surface of the rice, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, add the butter to a large deep skillet and set over medium heat. Add the diced bell peppers and onions. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, to just barley soften. Then remove from heat and add the pineapple tidbits, Old El Paso Green Chiles and Sliced Jalapeños to the skillet.
  3. Once the rice is tender and fluffy, dump it into the skillet and toss well to combine. Toss in the fresh chopped cilantro. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm as a side dish, or serve with shrimp of chicken on top!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: 1/8th recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 308 Calories
  • Total Fat: 11.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.4g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg
  • Sodium: 488mg
  • Carbohydrates: 48.2g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Sugar: 7.6g
  • Protein: 4.6g
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29 comments on “Caribbean Confetti Rice

  1. Chrissyposted January 13, 2019 at 8:07 pm Reply

    This rice is amazing. My boyfriend and I were fighting over the left overs. So good that I’m in the middle of making something else for dinner tonight and wondering why I’m not making this rice.

    Rating: 5
    • Chrissyposted February 9, 2019 at 3:13 pm Reply

      Yeah, this is still the best thing to me. So, so good. For those that suck at making rice, I’ve been using my aroma rice cooker to make the rice.  Rinse rice, add coconut milk, salt, and then add pineapple juice to the line – cook like normal. Then sauté the garlic with the onions and peppers in step 2, adding in the cayenne and allspice once the veggies are coated.

      For those trying to eat light, light coconut milk works just fine in this recipe. I’ve made it with both regular and light and prefer the light coconut milk just because the consistency is less oily.  Could probably make it without coconut milk entirely, but it definitely gives it a little something special.

      Rating: 5
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  3. Sheri Tilleyposted October 21, 2018 at 11:48 pm Reply

    This recipe was GREAT! I did improvise some by adding some jalepeno olive oil to the butter and adding some white pineapple basalmic vinegar to the mix. I also topped it with shrimp that had been grilled in the jalapeno oil and the balsamic and added chili powder as well I needed to add extra water and coconut milk before I served and it made it extra creamy! It made a lot with the added shrimp so yay for another meal or two! So tasty, mmmmmm

    Rating: 5
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  6. K Ronposted January 6, 2018 at 6:12 pm Reply

    The flavors are really good, but I feel like the rice had too much liquid…it came out too sticky. Definitely would make this again! Minus the 14 oz of water next time?

    Rating: 4
    • Elevensposted February 24, 2019 at 4:06 pm Reply

      Just made it and yes, mine is sticky too.

      • Marriposted March 27, 2019 at 10:48 am

        Too much liquid. For 2 cups of rice, you only need 3 cups of liquid, so measure the coconut milk and add enough water to make your liquids measure 3 cups, which is 24 oz., otherwise you’ll have mushy rice.

  7. Cynthiaposted December 25, 2017 at 8:06 pm Reply

    This is my favorite rice to make!!! I use Basmati rice instead of regular rice and it is amazing!

    Rating: 5
  8. Carissaposted December 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Has anyone made this with cauliflower rice? I imagine you’d use less of the liquids but wanted tosee if anyone had any tips before making it myself.

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  10. Stacy stantonposted November 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm Reply

    This is delish! I made it as a side to pork tenderloin 

    Rating: 5
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  14. Jenny Flakeposted April 22, 2016 at 9:03 am Reply

    What a great rice dish!  Love this!!

    Rating: 5
  15. omletposted April 21, 2016 at 5:41 pm Reply

    They will love it! It’s so yummy ; ).

  16. naomiposted April 21, 2016 at 11:29 am Reply

    Love how flavorful and bright this is!

  17. Deborah @ The Harvest Kitchenposted April 21, 2016 at 8:54 am Reply

    Beautiful rice… such a great combo of ingredients!  Definitely making this!  Pinned!

  18. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted April 20, 2016 at 10:34 pm Reply

    What a pretty rice dish – this would be great with all sorts of summer BBQ!

  19. Gaby Dalkinposted April 20, 2016 at 12:39 pm Reply

    This rice and those shrimp from yesterday?! Yup, I’m transported to a tropical food paradise.

  20. Heather Christoposted April 20, 2016 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Love these flavors! And it really does look like confetti!

    Rating: 5
  21. Julie @ Table for Twoposted April 20, 2016 at 11:50 am Reply

    Omg, this really does look like confetti in the rice! Haha, how fun!

  22. Mariaposted April 20, 2016 at 10:42 am Reply

    So many beautiful colors!

  23. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted April 20, 2016 at 9:45 am Reply

    Mmmmm…..this rice looks amazing! PINNED! 

  24. Betty Lynneposted April 20, 2016 at 9:32 am Reply

    This looks so pretty and I love the flavor potential! We try to eat rice a couple of times a week and this will be a jazzed up version I’m sure we’ll all love!

  25. cookbook queenposted April 20, 2016 at 8:30 am Reply

    This rice is so lovely and colorful! I make rice at least once a week because everyone in the family loves it and no one complains!!

  26. Emily @ Life on Foodposted April 20, 2016 at 8:18 am Reply

    I love this rice. It sounds amazing and anything with that much color just makes me happy.