Crispy Chipotle Rice Balls Recipe

Crispy Chipotle Rice Balls Recipe

How To Make Crispy Chipotle Rice Balls

A flavorful bite of these crispy chipotle rice balls is loaded with herbed and spiced rice! It’s paired with a creamy avocado sauce for a richer meal.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes



  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 1small onion,diced
  • 1red bell pepper,seeded, diced
  • 3garlic cloves,minced
  • 1cuparborio rice
  • ½cupdry white wine
  • cupschicken broth,low sodium, boiling
  • 1tbspchipotle powder
  • 1tbspgarlic powder
  • 1tbsponion powder
  • 1tbspcoriander powder
  • 2tsppaprika
  • 1tspcumin
  • 1tsporegano
  • 1tspsalt
  • ½tsppepper
  • ½cupcorn kernel
  • 1cupcheese blend,shredded
  • 2avocados
  • ¾cupsour cream,or plain Greek yogurt
  • ½cupfresh cilantro,plus for serving
  • 1lime,juiced
  • 1tspgarlic powder
  • 1cupflour
  • 1cupbread crumbs
  • 3eggs
  • oil,for frying
  • queso fresco,for serving


  1. In a pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and peppers, and cook until translucent.

  2. Add the garlic and rice, and cook until fragrant. Then, add the white wine, stirring frequently.

  3. Slowly add the hot chicken broth ½ cup at a time, stirring frequently for about 20 minutes, or until rice is al dente.

  4. In a small bowl, combine the chipotle powder, garlic powder, onion powder, coriander, smoked paprika, pepper, cumin, oregano, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper.

  5. Add half of the spice mixture to the rice. Remove the rice from heat, then mix in the corn and cheese blend.

  6. Cool until room temperature, then chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

  7. Place the avocados, Greek yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, garlic powder, and the remaining salt and pepper in a food processor and blend until smooth.

  8. Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in three separate bowls. Lightly beat the eggs and add the remaining spice mixture to the bread crumbs.

  9. Drop a heaping spoonful of mixture into the flour. Coat with flour and shape it to about the size of a golf ball. Coat with egg, then dip in bread crumbs.

  10. In a skillet, heat the oil to 350 degrees F.

  11. Add the well-coated rice balls to the hot skillet. Fry for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

  12. Place the fried rice balls on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

  13. Serve warm with avocado dipping sauce. Top with cilantro and queso fresco, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 144.55kcal
  • Fat: 7.20g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.22g
  • Trans Fat: 0.06g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.37g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.99g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.55g
  • Fiber: 1.94g
  • Sugar: 1.32g
  • Protein: 4.22g
  • Cholesterol: 24.07mg
  • Sodium: 179.84mg
  • Calcium: 55.88mg
  • Potassium: 166.37mg
  • Iron: 0.98mg
  • Vitamin A: 44.98µg
  • Vitamin C: 7.59mg
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