Arroz Central Cafe (Central Cafe Rice)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is a local dish. Central Cafe is a nice little restaurant and this recipe comes from Seasoned with Sun. A wonderful cookbook by the Junior Leage of El Paso. I made a few changes..of course! The original recipe calls for long grain rice and long green chiles, roasted and peeled. You can make it their way or mine, your choice.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed well
  • 12 white onion, chopped
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded,chopped
  • 1 -2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken stock


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saute pan, add olive oil.
  3. When oil is warm, add the rice, onion, pepper, and garlic.
  4. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes or until rice browns slightly.
  5. Pour in chicken stock, stir and pour into a 1 1/2 quart baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Cover and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender.
Most Helpful

4 5

Good side dish!! Flavor and texture meshed well with my entree - flounder meuniere. Also, first time I had baked my rice - provided great lightness to the dish. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

5 5

Outstanding! Blended in perfectly with the chicken fajitas and ranch beans we had for dinner. Thanks for a keeper!

5 5

I loved it!!! My oven was in use, so after sauteing, I put it in my rice cooker. I think I used about 1-1/2 cups stock. Next time I might add some ginger too! For ZWTIII.