Green Chili Rice Casserole Recipe

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"This cheesy bake is wonderful for church potlucks because it goes well with any main course," reports Naomi Newkirk from Sacramento, California. "I often sprinkle a little paprika over the top for color."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 384 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 473mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Green Chili Rice Casserole in Quick Cooking July/August 2003, p13

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Reviewed Mar. 31, 2015

"Nice, and very easy to make in a hurry."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"This was easy and delicious. I used Co-jack cheese instead of Monterey jack simply because it was what I had on hand. High recommend this as a side dish to Pepper Jack Stuffed Chicken."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"I've made this a couple times now, per others' suggestions I have layered the rice mixture with the cheese x2 in the casserole dish, ending with the cheese topping. It's a nice alternative to plain rice as a side dish, especially if you are serving a main that doesn't have a sauce to pour over rice. The chili flavour is very mild, not spicy at all. I generally have all of these ingredients on hand, so I find this dish very convenient to make as well... Light sour cream can be used with no real difference to the flavour."

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"Great combination. I too use shredded cheese instead of cubes. I served it with plum-glazed chicken. Thank you for sharing."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"I made 1 1/2 times the recipe for our Sabbath fellowship. I added 1 tablespoon each seasoning salt & garlic powder, used 2 (7 oz.) cans green chilies & a blend of 3 different pepper jack cheeses. I added 3/4 cup chicken broth for warming in a crockpot. I think it would have gone over better if I had put shredded cheddar on the top. I brought most of the pot home. I thought it tasted good, however."

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