Bread Bowl Spinach Jalapeño Rice Casserole

We are certain that your guests have never had an appetizer quite like this one! Spicy and creamy, they will surely want the recipe!

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Bread Bowl Spinach Jalapeño Rice Casserole

Cooking time PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 35 mins
Servings SERVES 6-8
Ready in TOTAL TIME 55 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 35 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 55 mins


  • 4 cups packed baby spinach
  • 8 oz brick-style cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Minute® Jalapeño Rice Cups
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 loaf round sourdough bread


  • Rich, creamy and flavorful, this jalapeño-spiked casserole is served in a bread bowl for a show-stopping appetizer. 

    Step 1

  • Transfer spinach to microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH power for 1 to 2 minutes or until wilted. Let cool completely, then squeeze out excess moisture.  

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 

    Step 3

  • In large bowl, using handheld electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch dressing until blended and smooth. Add spinach and beat until combined. Stir in mozzarella, rice, 1/4 cup Parmesan, green onions and garlic. 

    Step 4

  • Leaving 1/2-inch base around sides and bottom, cut out center of bread loaf. Cut hollowed-out bread into cubes and set aside. 

    Step 5

  • Scrape spinach mixture into prepared bread bowl; smooth top and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.  

    Step 6

  • Place prepared bread bowl onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Arrange reserved bread cubes on baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until dip is heated through, cheese has melted and top is golden. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving with reserved bread cubes. 

    Recipe Tips

    Serve dip also with vegetable crudités.  

    Substitute mozzarella with Cheddar cheese if preferred. 

    Garnish top of dip with sliced fresh or pickled jalapeño peppers if desired.  

About Jalapeños

Jalapeños can be used in virtually any dish that calls for mild to moderate heat. Additionally, when you wish to temper the heat in a meal, they work well as a substitute for hotter peppers. For a quick addition to tacos, nachos, and other recipes that might benefit from their forceful bite, keep pickled jalapeños in the refrigerator. If you like taste of jalapeños try our Jalapeño Lime Butter Steak Bowl. Made with only four ingredients, this dish can be prepared in a total of 5 minutes or less!

Where to Use Jalapeños

  • Nacho Topping
  • Salsa
  • Sauces
  • Chipotles
  • Condiment

Better in a Bowl

The ideal method to use up any leftover ingredients is in rice bowls. In your rice bowls you can include things like:

  • Grain Base: The first thing you’ll need is some sort of grain, which might range from plain white rice to basmati or yellow rice.
  • Fruits and Vegetables: The next thing you should do is add your fruits and vegetables. You may get creative and cook them however you like, whether it’s on the grill, in the oven, or even raw!
  • Protein: Don’t forget to include some protein to fully finish your recipe. If you like meat, you can use chicken, pork, or beef; if you only eat vegetables, you might wish to use tofu, beans, or lentils.
  • Sauces: Can really bring everything together while also giving your grains some moisture. Almost anything can be used as a sauce or garnish, including hummus, vinaigrette, and even just oil.

Rice Bowls with Meat

Our Balsamic Chicken Rice Bowl is hearty and satisfying and is a perfect on the go lunch or dinner option. Try it with Minute® Ready to Serve Brown & Wild Rice for a meal you’ll want, again and again. This bowl is made with only 5 ingredients, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in flavor!

Seafood Options

Looking for a seafood option? This Summer Crab Role Rice Bowl is fresh and full of flavor. It’s loaded with crisp vegetables, smooth ranch, and flavorful Basmati rice. Some ideas for a seafood bowl include:

  • Tuna
  • Crab 
  • Salmon
  • White Fish

Vegetarian Options

Don’t eat meat? No problem! Minute® Rice has got you covered. BBQ Tempeh Ribs Rice Bowl is the perfect option for any vegetarian to try. Minute® Rice serves as the base of this vegetarian rice bowl recipe, which is then topped with tempeh ribs covered in barbecue sauce, corn, and slaw.


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