Expand your Tex-Mex flavor palate with this easy and deliciously tangy Creamy Arroz Verde rice dish made with tomatillos, fresh lime juice, Mexican cream, and melty Monterrey Jack cheese. This mouth-watering dish is brought to us by Vianney Rodriguez, an Award-Winning Food Blogger, Recipe Developer, and Author for her website Sweet Life for an easy and flavorful recipe that’s sure to please.
For tomatillo sauce: Place tomatillos, onion, and garlic in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove tomatillos, onion, and garlic and place in a blender, with ½ cup cooking liquid. Blend until smooth. Stir in fresh lime juice and salt.
For rice: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Stir in 1 cup rice. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liberally spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Stir together the rice, tomatillo sauce, crema, fresh lime juice, Monterey jack cheese, and cilantro. Bake 15-20 minutes or until cheese melts completely. Serve warm.
Whether you’re already a fan of tangy tomatillo flavors or you are looking to introduce your family to new tastes, this Tex-Mex inspired recipe pairs the tart and tangy flavors of lime and tomatillo with creamy, cheesy goodness for a delicious rice dish your family is sure to love.
Cooking with tomatillo in dishes like Mole Verde (green mole) or Green Pozole with fish and rice are some of our favorites as they are loaded with incredible flavors. This easy recipe consists of blending boiled tomatillos, onion, garlic, and lime juice, cooking the rice, mixing all of the ingredients, and baking in a baking dish for about 20 minutes. Easy as that! You’re just a few simple steps from a tasty dish your family will ask for again and again.
While this recipe is a great vegetarian option, it also pairs well with grilled chicken or grilled shrimp for some added protein. Serve it as a side dish or as your main entree.