Cheesy Enchilada Rice

Perfect Cheesy Enchilada Rice RecipeDecadent Cheesy Enchilada Rice makes a comforting side dish for grilled chicken and steak!

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Stumped by side dishes?

It’s often easy to decide on a main dish for dinner, but less straightforward to determine what goes with it. Have you noticed that?

Well say hello to a rich and zesty side dish you are going to want to pair with all your main dishes, Cheesy Enchilada Rice.

Zesty Cheesy Enchilada Rice Recipe

This silky rice recipe is a cross between Spanish Rice and creamy risotto, and seems to go with everything!

Perfect Cheesy Enchilada Rice

Throw some grilled shrimp on top, or pair it with pork loin. Serve with grilled chicken or steak. You can even roast vegetables to top this Cheesy Enchilada Rice for a complete vegetarian meal.

Making Cheesy Enchilada Rice

Made with pantry staples, this 6-ingredient wonder combines robust flavor and cheesy goodness. Using long grain rice (instead of arborio rice for risotto) gives it a hearty, yet luxurious, texture.

Then all you need is a pat of butter, an onion, canned chiles, enchilada sauce, and cheese.

Making the Best Cheesy Enchilada Rice

How to Make Cheesy Enchilada Rice

Old El Paso Green Chiles and Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce create depth and subtle heat as the Cheesy Enchilada Rice simmers.

No need for canned tomatoes and a long list of spices; it’s all in the Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce!

Cheesy Enchilada Rice Recipe

Making Cheesy Enchilada Rice Recipe

Once the rice is cooked, mix in shredded monterey jack or pepper jack cheese, and you have a side dish worth obsessing over.

Just look how the molten cheese brings the rice together!

Perfect Cheesy Enchilada Rice Recipe

Lt. Dan, who is a firm protestor of leftovers, ate this Cheesy Enchilada Rice 3 times in 2 days. That is a true testament to its allure.

Best Cheesy Enchilada Rice Recipe

Cheesy Enchilada Rice is my family’s current favorite dish side for fall. We know you are going to love it just as much as we do.

Heavenly Cheesy Enchilada Rice Recipe

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Old El Paso. All opinions are my own.

Spicy Cheesy Enchilada Rice Recipe
5 from 2 votes

Cheesy Enchilada Rice

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Cheesy Enchilada Rice Recipe - Creamy spicy Mexican rice similar to risotto. This bold and fragrant rice makes a fabulous side dish for grilled chicken, pork, or beef.
Servings: 8 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Enchilada Rice
Amount Per Serving (12 g)
Calories 1025 Calories from Fat 837
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 93g 143%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Potassium 97mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 23.1%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 2 teaspoon butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 4.5 ounce can
  • 19 ounce can
  • 2 cups 8 ounces shredded monterey jack cheese (or pepper jack)
  • 4 cups water
  • Scallions for garnish


  1. Place butter in a and set over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the rice, Old El Paso Green Chiles, Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce, and 3 cups of water.
  2. Stir and cover the pan. Bring to a boil. Set the heat to low and simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Keep covered in between stirs.
  3. Once the rice is cooked through, add one more cup of water and the shredded cheese. Stir and cook another 2-3 minutes until the rice is tender. Garnish with cilantro or scallions and serve warm.

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6 comments on “Cheesy Enchilada Rice

  1. Lindley-Stuartposted October 2, 2017 at 10:57 am Reply

    How big is a serving?

  2. Wilhelminaposted September 19, 2017 at 7:47 pm Reply

    I made this tonight to serve alongside steamed tamales. This rice stole the show! Delicious!

  3. Bonnie Millerposted September 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply

    I love your recipes but each time I print one out, part of the instructions are missing and I have to fill in the blanks so to speak. Can you fix that?

    • Sommerposted September 18, 2017 at 7:11 pm Reply

      Hi Bonnie! I just tested printing here at home and the recipes come off the printer complete.

      What exactly is missing? Is it the same section on every recipe? Any chance it’s a setting on your printer?

  4. 2pots2cookposted September 18, 2017 at 10:33 am Reply

    Thank you for this idea ! Perhaps some lettuce aside could make this a main for a week night dinner. Will be back for more !

  5. Betty Lynneposted September 18, 2017 at 7:55 am Reply

    Oh. my. That looks amazing! On my list for this week!