Pepper Jack Rice Bake

Pepper Jack Rice Bake – CRAZY good!! Cooked rice loaded with onions, red bell pepper, green chiles, corn, cream of celery soup and pepper jack cheese. Can make ahead and freezer for later. Great side dish for all your spring and summer grilling!! #casserole #sidedish #freezermeal #vegetarian 

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Easy Mexican Side Dish Recipe

This Pepper Jack Rice Bakes is CRAZY good!! We have made this several times and it is always a hit. Cooked rice loaded with onions, peppers, green chiles, corn, and pepper jack cheese. I could make a meal out of this delicious rice!! Feel free to add some ground beef or chicken to the dish and turn this into a main dish that the whole family will enjoy!

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How to Make Pepper Jack Rice Bake

This rice casserole can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen for later. You can also split the mixture between two pans. Bake one now and freeze one for later. We love having a pan of this Pepper Jack Rice Bake in the freezer for a quick side dish when we fire up the grill.

This wasn’t spicy even though the rice has green chiles and Pepper Jack cheese. If you are worried about the heat, cut the green chiles in half and use Monterey Jack cheese. It will still taste delicious!! Alternately, if you want to kick this up a notch, add some chopped jalapeno peppers or a can of drained Rotel tomatoes.

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What to Serve with Cheesy Mexican Rice

This cheesy rice casserole is the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican meal. It is also great with grilled chicken, pork, or steaks. You could even add some more veggies and make this a vegetarian main dish! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this yummy casserole:

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Pepper Jack Rice Bake

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Pepper Jack Rice Bake – CRAZY good!! Cooked rice loaded with onions, red bell pepper, green chiles, corn, cream of celery soup and pepper jack cheese. Can make ahead and freezer for later. Great side dish for all your spring and summer grilling!! #casserole #sidedish #freezermeal #vegetarian 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cups cooked rice
  • 1 (8-oz) container sour cream
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of celery soup
  • 2 (4.5-oz) cans chopped green chiles
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly spray a 9x13x2-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion. Cook until softened, about 8 minutes.
  • Combine cooked rice, sour cream, soup, green chiles, corn and cooked pepper and onion, and half of Pepper Jack cheese.
  • Spread rice mixture into prepared pan.
  • Cover dish with foil and bake 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining cup of Pepper Jack cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.

Notes:

  • Can use any cream of soup in this recipe.
  • Can use any cheese you prefer in this casserole.
  • You need 6 cups of cooked rice for this casserole. You can use any type of cooked rice you prefer. 

Steph

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