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Queso Frito Rice

Queso Frito Rice

with Grilling Cheese, Charred Poblanos, and Salsa Verde

We’re taking a cue here from Latin queso frito, or firm cheese cooked on the grill. Although it’s often served as an appetizer or eaten along with breakfast, we’re making it the main event here and serving it atop a bed of yellow rice with poblano pepper slices and an herb-based salsa. It deserves to be the main event, too—once you bite into all that salty, buttery deliciousness, you’ll understand why.


Produced in a facility that processes eggs, milk, fish, peanuts, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat.

Total Time40 minutes
Prep Time


serving amount

1 unit

Red Onion

2 clove


¾ cup

Basmati Rice

2 unit

Poblano Pepper

4 ounce

Grilling Cheese

(Contains Milk)

½ ounce


1 unit


Not included in your delivery

1 tablespoon

Cuban Spice Blend

4 teaspoon

Olive Oil




Nutrition Values

/ per serving
Energy (kJ)2636 kJ
Calories630 kcal
Fat25 g
Saturated Fat11 g
Carbohydrate85 g
Sugar4 g
Dietary Fiber9 g
Protein21 g
Cholesterol40 mg
Sodium340 mg
Due to the different suppliers we purchase our products from, nutritional facts per meal can vary from the website to what is received in the delivered box, depending on your region.




Cook Aromatics

Wash and dry all produce. Halve and peel onion. Dice one half; thinly slice other. Mince garlic. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and half the garlic. Cook, tossing, until just softened, 3-4 minutes. Stir in Cuban spice and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.

Simmer Rice

Add rice to pot and stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in 1¼ cup water and bring to a boil, then cover, lower heat, and reduce to a gentle simmer. Cook until tender, 15-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and season with salt and pepper.


Core, seed, and thinly slice poblanos. Cut half the grilling cheese into ¼-inch-thick slices (use the rest as you like).

Cook Veggies

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat (use a nonstick pan if you have one). Add poblanos and sliced onion. Cook, tossing occasionally, until soft and lightly charred, 8-10 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

Make Herb Salsa

While veggies cook, finely chop cilantro. Halve lemon. Stir together cilantro, a large drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a pinch of remaining garlic in a small bowl. (TIP: Add more lemon and olive oil as needed to create a loose, drizzly consistency.) Season with salt, pepper, and more garlic (to taste).

Fry Cheese and Serve

Add grilling cheese slices to pan used for veggies over medium-high heat. (TIP: If your pan isn’t nonstick, add a drizzle of olive oil first.) Cook until browned all over, about 2 minutes per side. Divide rice between plates, then top with veggies and grilling cheese. Drizzle with herb salsa and a squeeze of lemon.

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