Cheesy Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice Recipe
Two types of  Cheeses, Green Chiles, and Spanish Rice are just some of the goodness that goes into this simply divine Spanish Rice bake. It feeds a crowd and is perfect along side tacos, enchiladas or any Mexican or Hispanic dish you serve up , and will have your guests coming back for seconds, and thirds, till the dish is empty.

My husbands very first bite of this dish, had him hooked, he LOVES it. I promise that this recipe is a keeper and you can take it to a potluck with confidence! With quality ingredients, you can't go wrong!

Jan's Tip: This recipe calls for pre-made Spanish Rice. I used 2 pouches of Knorr brand Spanish Rice packets to make this dish. I have my own Spanish Rice master mix recipe on  this website, but was completely out when I went to go make it. So either one will do just fine!

Layers of creamy spicy rice, queso fresco cheese, cheddar -jack cheese, and diced green chiles just blend into a savory, creamy, cheesy side dish that equals to any entree it is served with .

Printable Recipe

Cheesy Spanish Rice Bake
Serves 6-8

1/4 cup butter
1 medium onion diced
4 cups Cooked Spanish Rice (2 pouches Knorr brand)
2 cups sour cream
10 oz . queso fresco crumbled  (divided in half)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles drained
2 cups shredded cheddar-jack cheese blend (divided in half)


  • Preheat oven to 375° Lightly Grease 11" x 7" x 2" casserole dish
  • Cook Spanish Rice in Microwave according to package directions or over stove top. Set aside.
  • In Large Skillet, over medium heat, saute onions in butter until golden & tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in hot rice, sour cream, half the queso fresco, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Layer half of rice mixture (about 2 1/2 - 3 cups) in baking dish. top with half of green chiles,
  • Sprinkle remaining queso fresco.over green chiles layer and then top with  half of the shredded cheese
  • Repeat Layers with Rice, chiles, and top with remaining shredded cheese.
  • Bake uncovered 25 minutes till hot and bubbly.

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