Mexican Poblano Rice Pilaf is a festival of Mexican flavors, and the perfect side dish to almost any meal with a Latin flair.This post contains Amazon affiliate links for your convenience at no additional cost to you.
Remember my Achiote Marinated Chicken recipe I shared a couple of weeks ago?
Well, this is the rice I made to go with it — beneath those tender pieces of delicious chicken, to soak up the juices and add to the flavor. They were brilliant together!
What is Rice Pilaf?
Rice Pilaf is made by using a particular method of cooking rice. The rice is cooked in broth or stock, and is first sautéed lightly in butter or oil, usually with finely chopped onions.
What are Poblano chiles?
Poblano chile peppers are usually mild (see below).
They are more or less five inches long and three inches wide, and their “walls” are quite thick.
With a shape much like a triangle or heart, poblano chiles are somewhat earthy, rich and slightly acidic. Though when cooked, a delicious, subtle, smoky flavor comes out.
Poblanos are available year-round.
When Poblano chiles are dried they are called Ancho chiles.
How hot are Poblano chiles?
Poblano chile peppers are typically mild, but can vary in flavor. Occasionally they are hot, so it’s always important to taste a bit before using them in a recipe.
Like most chile peppers, Different peppers from the same plant have can vary in heat.
Poblano chiles are usually sold when green. They are more ripe when they’re red, which usually results in more heat and flavor.
What to substitute for Poblano Chiles?
Some good substitutes for Poblano chiles are Hatch, Anaheim, or Bell.
Bell peppers will always be very mild, Anaheims could vary slightly but are usually mild, and Hatch range from mild to very hot, so try them first!
This Mexican Poblano Rice Pilaf recipe is a comfort food that’s a wonderful base for chicken, meat, stews, you name it.
This rice is absolutely scrumptious! Here it is with my Achiote Marinated Chicken. Don’t you want a bite!?Sounds like the perfect weekend meal to me!
It’s creative, comforting and perfect for casual entertaining!
Mexican Poblano Rice Pilaf
Mexican Poblano Rice Pilaf is a festival of Mexican flavors, and the perfect side dish to almost any meal with a Mexican flair.
olive oil for the pan
- 3/4 cup yellow onion, (cut into small dice)
- 2 teaspoons garlic, (minced)
- 1 cup Poblano chile pepper, (washed and dried, cut into small dice)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup long grain rice
- 2 1/2 cups chicken stock, divided ((use vegetable stock for vegetarian version))
- 1/4 cup cilantro, (washed and dried, roughly chopped )
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice