Arroz con Queso y Pimentón (Green Pepper and Cheese Rice)

by Erica Dinho on July 18, 2012

Arroz con Queso y Pimentón (Green Pepper and Cheese Rice)

Arroz con Queso y Pimentón is a traditional Colombian side dish from the Sucre department of Colombia, located in the Caribbean region of the country. It is usually served with traditional Colombian seafood dishes.

I think rice is one of the most versatile and simple side dishes you can make when you’re in a hurry. You don’t need much, you can use veggies, herbs, or pretty much anything you have in your fridge. This Green Pepper and Cheese Rice is a perfect side dish for a party or a last minute side for the family.

Buen provecho!



(About 6 servings)

  • 1/2 cup grated onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of grated queso blanco or mozarrella cheese

Arroz con Queso y Pimentón (Green Pepper and Cheese Rice)


  1. Heat the oil and butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onion, green pepper and garlic cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rice, salt and stir quickly until it is well-coated about 1 minute.
  3. Add the water and bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low, stir once, and simmer, covered tightly, for 20 minutes. Add the cheese.
  4. Turn off the heat and allow the rice to sit covered for 7 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and serve warm.
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1 Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) July 18, 2012 at 3:55 PM

yum!! i’ve been craving things with cheese lately, so this is something right up my alley!


2 sippitysup July 18, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Such diversity of flavors every time I come here. Columbia has a wonderful culinary tradition. GREG


3 Juliana July 18, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Nice rice dish…like the creaminess and the spiciness all together…yum!
Thanks for this recipe and hope you are having a nice week Erica :)


4 Belinda @zomppa July 19, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Great way to jazz up a rice dish…no boring meal at your house.


5 Miriam July 20, 2012 at 1:32 AM
6 Joanne July 20, 2012 at 8:38 AM

What a tasty way to flavor rice! Sounds like a delicious side dish.


7 Chris July 26, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Wonderful, Erica, I’ll have to try this with some roasted pork tacos. heck it would be great INSIDE the tacos.


8 Gina August 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

My family loved this dish. It is one of my new favorite sides.thanks.


9 Erica August 5, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Thank you,guys!


10 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! August 14, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I am sold. I see the creamy texture and my mouth just watered….


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