Fiesta Cheese Rice Recipe

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"I usually serve this spicy rice side dish alongside chicken enchiladas or tacos for a great Mexican meal," writes Sarah Rodefeld of Maud, Oklahoma.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 268 calories, 10g fat (7g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 591mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the rice, water, tomatoes and bouillon; mix well. Pour into a greased 2-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 10 minutes. Stir in the sour cream and 1/2 cup of cheese; mix well. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cover and microwave for 45 seconds or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Fiesta Cheese Rice in Quick Cooking March/April 2002, p55

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bandaid504 User ID: 7470244 91684
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"I've been making this for years since I got the issue in 2002 and I love it! I've added a bit more spice to it sometimes but the original is awesome too! One of my faves! Thank you to the original submitter! - Jamie/indiana"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 45856
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"This was so tasty, plus easy and quick to make. I needed something that would go together fast to accompany meat on one of my nights when i was uninspired but tired of the same old same old same old......filled the bill wonderfully! This would be great with Mexican food too."

CHERYLAK User ID: 1961843 83425
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"This was so easy and delicious. I actually cooked in my Turbo Cooker because I do not prefer microwave but I used 10 minute brown rice and 75% reduced fat cheddar and added a cup of baby carrots, a small onion, chopped and two cloves of minced garlic to round it off. Served it with boneless pork chops and was amazed how the flavors popped! I would definitely make this again and again."

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