Peppered Cilantro Rice

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Oct. 25, 2023
This colorful confetti rice is a traditional dish in Puerto Rico. We enjoy it in the summer alongside grilled shrimp kabobs, but it is good with most any entree. -Laura Lunardi of West Chester, Pennsylvania
Peppered Cilantro Rice Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small sweet yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion, peppers and garlic in oil until crisp-tender. Add the water, rice, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until rice is tender, 18-22 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork. Stir in cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup: 156 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 298mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.