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Arroz Verde (Green Rice with Cilantro) Recipe

Arroz Verde (Green Rice with Cilantro)


Arroz verde is a popular Mexican side; rice is cooked with cilantro and poblano peppers to achieve a rich green color and special flavor.


  • 2 poblano peppers, halved and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 15 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules


  1. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place poblano peppers cut-side down on the prepared baking sheet.
  2. Cook under the preheated broiler until the skin of the peppers has blackened and blistered, 5 to 8 minutes. Place blackened peppers into a bowl and tightly seal with plastic wrap. Allow peppers to steam as they cool, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard skins.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cook onion and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Combine poblano peppers, onion, garlic, water, cilantro, and lime juice in a blender; blend until smooth.
  5. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan. Cook and stir rice, stirring frequently, until transparent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add poblano mixture and bring to a boil. Stir in chicken bouillon. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice has absorbed all liquid and is soft, about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove rice from heat and fluff with a fork. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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Nutritional Information

Arroz Verde (Green Rice with Cilantro)

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 255.8
% Daily Value *
protein: 9 %
carbohydrates: 14 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 11 %
fat: 11 %
saturated fat: 6 %
vitamin a iu: 16 %
niacin equivalents: 26 %
vitamin b6: 18 %
vitamin c: 68 %
folate: 33 %
calcium: 4 %
iron: 14 %
magnesium: 9 %
potassium: 7 %
sodium: 2 %
thiamin: 32 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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