Elena’s Rice


A casserole of gooey cheesy green chile rice.


  • Until I find the original recipe, you can ad-lib this one! You CANNOT go wrong here.
  • White rice, cooked. 3-6 cups.
  • Tub of Sour cream. Might as well use the fatty stuff.
  • The biggest block of Monterey Jack cheese you can find, shredded.
  • Diced or sliced green chiles in can. Save juice for the rice water!


  1. Cook the rice. Use a rice cooker and save yourself the drama. Let cool.
  2. Mix with entire tub of sour cream.
  3. Layer in heavy casserol dish: rice, cheese, chiles, and repeat.
  4. Top with cheese.
  5. Bake 220 for 20 minutes to melt cheese, covered. Broil 5 min to brown cheese.


  • I prefer arborio rice, but cheap uncle bens white rice works great. I also get a kick out of the Herdez green chiles, but mostly because I get a little giggle when I see the “GLUTEN FREE!!” branding on it.