Decadent Cheesy Enchilada Rice makes a comforting side dish for grilled chicken and steak!
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.
This silky rice recipe is a cross between Spanish Rice and creamy risotto, and seems to go with everything!
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.
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.
No need for canned tomatoes and a long list of spices; it’s all in the Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce!
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!
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.
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.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Old El Paso. All opinions are my own.
Cheesy Enchilada Rice
Yield: 8-12 servings
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
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.
- Place butter in a 5+ quart sauté pan 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Yield: 8-12 servings, Serving Size: 12
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 198 Calories
- Total Fat: 6.9g
- Saturated Fat: 4.1g
- Cholesterol: 18mg
- Sodium: 200mg
- Carbohydrates: 26.4g
- Fiber: 1.1g
- Sugar: 0.6g
- Protein: 6.9g
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