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Spicy Poblano Rice


The darker the poblano, the richer the flavor, which varies from mild to strong.

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  • Servings: 4
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Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2003


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 poblano chile, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, plus 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves, plus 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup white rice


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon canola oil. Add onion and poblano chile; cook 4 minutes.

  2. Transfer to a blender. Add 2 cups water, 1/4 cup each cilantro and parsley leaves; season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth, 1 minute.

  3. In same pan, heat remaining tablespoon oil and rice. Cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir in puree. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cook, covered, until tender, 15 to 17 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff rice; stir in 1 tablespoon each chopped cilantro and parsley.

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