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Creamy Green Chile Rice Recipe

Great green chile rice recipe side dish you can make during the holidays or throughout the year for dinner. Cheesy and full of flavor, this casserole will hit the spot!

green chile rice

This easy green chile rice is so creamy and delicious. Easy and full of lots of flavor…and heat if you want it! One of our favorite quick and easy casseroles. (originally published 5/18, affiliate links present)

Hatch Chile Rice

I’m always down for a warm cheesy side dish when it comes to the holidays especially. A comfort food that pairs well with ham for Christmas or Thanksgiving is

Green chiles or hatch chiles come in many forms. Year round you can find them in the store canned and already diced if you like. For a few weeks out of the year you can find hatch chiles which I used in this pressure cooker sausage rice casserole recipe recently and it was amazing.

Either one you choose for this green chili rice side dish, it will turn out amazing.

green chile rice casserole

Green Chile Rice

You just need a few items from the store, or your cupboard. If you have the opportunity to smoke or char your own chiles than by all means start with that and get those ready. Canned can be used too.

  1. Baking dish – oven safe 2 quart
  2. Large bowl to combine ingredients
  3. Pre-cooked White rice
    1. or you can use Jasmine rice if you wish, both need to be cooked before adding
  4. Green chiles – you can find them canned here
    1. If you want to make your own smoked chiles in your smoker you can do that too (seen below)
  5. Sour cream and cheese

It is really a throw it together appetizer or side dish. Going in the oven with everything else, it can easily sit on the counter for quite a while until everything is done. Casseroles tend to thicken up even more as they cool so no worries. Heating it up the next day too is amazing.

smoked chiles

Green Chili Rice

Here is a quick step by step but there is a printable recipe at the bottom of this post as well.

Time needed: 37 minutes

Green Chili Rice

  1. Prepare

    Cook white rice so you have 3 cups cooked, set aside. Use your large bowl to combine all your ingredients including your shredded cheese.

    Use prepared and diced canned chiles or if they’re fresh char the outsides and then remove the seeds and membrane. Scrape soft tissue out and dice to add. pressure cooker rice

  2. Preheat

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  3. Get ready

    Pour mixture into your casserole dish and smooth out so it’s the same thickness all the way across. This will ensure it bakes evenly and the middle gets done.

    As with any other casserole the edges will get a bit more done than the center. I like this as I prefer the crustier pieces, where others like a softer consistency. No worries, the whole thing will be absolutely delicious, believe me!

  4. Bake

    Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
    Optional step is to add 1/2 cup – 3/4 c. of additional cheddar cheese to the top 5 – 10 minutes before it’s done.

  5. Rest

    Remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack for a good 10 minutes so it can thicken up just a bit more.

Serve and enjoy this cheesy cooked rice dish! Believe me, everyone will ask for this easy recipe and you can be the hero of the evening. 😉 

green chili rice

Green Chile Casserole

If you’re looking for a creamy rice casserole for dinner this is a great choice, and really cheap to make as well which is always a win. Other hatch chile recipes you will love:

  1. Mexican casserole made in your pressure cooker in just 20 minutes
  2. Corn casserole is a must during the holidays for us
  3. Our stuffed pepper casserole is amazing and low in saturated fat, whereas this chile relleno casserole is just over the top….
  4. Chicken and hatch chile stew is fabulous

Then make our hearty green chile chicken casserole! Adding meat makes it a main meal instead of just a side.

easy chicken casserole

Here’s the printable recipe and nutritional information.

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Green Chile Rice

Here’s a great green chile rice side dish you can make and serve during the holidays or throughout the year for dinner. Cheesy and full of flavor!
Course Entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword casserole, chile, green, rice, sour cream
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 384kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  •  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Spread the mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until the cheese begins to brown around the edges. Cool slightly before serving. 
  • If you want to add a layer of cheese on the very top, add another 1/2-3/4 cup 10 minutes before cook time ends so it can melt and brown.


Nutrition Facts
Green Chile Rice
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 217mg9%
Potassium 149mg4%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 510IU10%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 228mg23%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Monday 25th of July 2022

Has anyone used cauliflower rice instead of white rice?


Saturday 26th of February 2022

I do better with chopped up Poblamo than hatch so I will do that. Probably will add a little garlic and onion powder and I will use brown rice as well. Love chili relleno at Azteca so I will probably love this too. Variations I might eventually try are adding chicken &/or cream of chicken soup. Cottage cheese might be good in it as well.


Tuesday 24th of August 2021

I am trying this tonight so wish me luck. I did add garlic and onion powder as well as S&P and reduced the amount of sour creams as it seemed like a lot. Any thoughts on using an alternative to sour cream that might be a little lighter?

The Typical Mom

Sunday 29th of August 2021

Not sure, may not be as thick in the end

Kathryn C

Friday 23rd of July 2021

Wondering whether anyone has tried the recipe using non-dairy cheese and sour cream?

Jo McCulla

Friday 21st of May 2021

Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I did change the green chilis to Hot Green Jalapenos to fit our taste. We REALLY enjoyed it.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 23rd of May 2021

Oh yay!

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