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Smokey Fiesta Rice

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Cook Time: 45 min.
Cotija cheese adds a flavor similar to Parmesan to this festive rice dish.


  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup yellow onions, 1/2"dice
  • 3/4 cup long grained white rice
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp chipotle peppers in adobo, pureed
  • 3/4 cup red bell peppers, 1/2" dice
  • 3/4 cup yellow squash, 1/2" dice
  • 3/4 cup green peas, frozen
  • 2/3 cup olives, sliced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese, crumbled


  • Heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in a medium saucepot over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Stir in rice and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes until just golden.
  • Add garlic, cook for 1 minute, then pour in water and chipotle puree. Bring to boil, then turn heat down to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes until rice is tender. In a separate sauté pan, heat remaining 2 teaspoons of oil over medium. Add peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in squash and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes.
  • Turn heat down to low, stir in peas and olives and cook until heated through. Season with salt. Toss sautéed vegetables with cooked rice. Garnish with green onions and cotija cheese just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 263
  Calories from Fat 79 (30%)
(14%)Total Fat 9g
(0%)Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(3%)Cholesterol 9mg
(33%)Sodium 799mg
(0%)Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 39g
(0%)Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(13%)Protein 7g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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