Zarela's Famous Creamy Rice Casserole from Aaron Sanchez

Recipe by Felina
READY IN: 1hr 15mins




  • Bring water to a boil and add butter and salt. When the butter is melted add the rice and bring back to a boil. Lower the heat to very low and cover the rice with a tight-fitting lid and cook for 25 to 30 minutes, Take rice out of the saucepan and spread on a baking sheet to cool or allow to cool in the pan uncovered.
  • Meanwhile, combine the sour cream with the 1/4 cup chopped onion and cilantro and add salt to taste.
  • Heat the lard in a frying pan and add the 1/2 cup chopped onion and garlic.
  • Dice the poblanos and add to pan when the onion is wilted.
  • Saute for one minute.
  • Let cool and combine with the rice.
  • Drain the can of corn well and add to the cool rice and poblano mixture.
  • Add the sour cream mixture and mix in the grated cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through in a 350 degree oven.
  • If using a Pyrex dish, the oven temperature should be 325 degrees.