Side view of salsa rice bites on a green serving platter.

Southwest Salsa Rice Bites

Avoid the mess of chips and dip with these Latin-inspired, bite-sized rice appetizers! Full of flavor and starring U.S.-grown brown rice, they're easy to prepare and the perfect addition to any party.

  • Servings
  • Serving Size
    6 rice bites


  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar medium (or hot) thick and chunky-style salsa
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cup corn or tortilla chips, crushed
  • Additional salsa and sour cream for extra garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine rice and cheese in large bowl; set aside.
  • In medium bowl, beat eggs until well blended. Stir in salsa, sour cream, salt and pepper. Add salsa mixture to rice and cheese; mix well.
  • Spray miniature muffin pans with vegetable cooking spray. Spoon approximately 1 ½ tablespoons rice mixture into each cup, filling to just below the rim. Sprinkle crushed chips over filling, pressing slightly with back of spoon.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Yields 48 rice bites.
  • Serve warm with additional salsa and sour cream, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Use leftover rice to reduce the preparation time on game day.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 287
  • Total Fat 14g
  • Cholesterol 123mg
  • Sodium 784mg
  • Carbohydrates 31g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Protein 10g