Plantain Rice Colombian Style

This recipe for plantain rice celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Family Celebrations at Publix. The opinions and text are all mine.

We are celebrating family and Hispanic Heritage Month with a bowl of plantain rice, also called little bird rice or “Arroz de Pajarito.”

We are celebrating family and Hispanic Heritage Month with a bowl of plantain rice, also called little bird rice or “Arroz de Pajarito.”

The original Colombian recipe has inspired this rice dish with maduros with a twist for a stress-free cooking session as we found all ingredients needed at Publix.

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I love shopping at Publix because I can find all the products, I need to prepare Latino family recipes like this plantain rice dish.

Why do we Latinos love rice?

Colombian style dish served with grilled chicken

Rice is a staple in Hispanic culture and our diverse cuisines. It is one of those dishes that is a must-have when cooking Latino inspired food at home.

In Mexican cuisine, rice comes in different flavors and colors. We enjoy red rice with tomatoes and cumin, and green rice with poblano peppers.

In Cuban cuisine, congri has black beans and rice. And the popular arroz con pollo never fails when serving a homecooked meal.

While in Colombian cuisine rice is cooked with plantains or maduros, or coconut, or made like a paella with fish and meat inspired in the classic Spaniard dish.

We also use rice for desserts and beverages. Who doesn’t love a good bowl of comforting arroz con leche or a glass of a refreshing horchata?

How did rice come to the Americas?

This is a rice farm in California. The color of the rice plant is bright green and looks like tall grass.

Rice is an ingredient brought to the Americas from China. And has been adopted by our Hispanic culture and served in a variety of ways.

Here in the United States rice is grown in the states of Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and California. Primary classifications of rice produced are the long, medium, or short-grain type.

However, when cooking Latino inspired dishes with rice, we always choose long grain. Because long-grain rice allows for better results when cooking with other ingredients, such as the plantain rice we prepared today.

Amarillos, corn oil, latino seasoning, garlic and white rice

The list of dishes cooked with rice in our Latino cuisine are vast and diverse. Many of those dishes have influenced our Spaniard heritage too.

I can say that we know how to enjoy rice in so many different ways. We never get bored eating all the different Hispanic dishes that have rice.

Make the Plantain Rice Colombian Style and Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us!

A yummy meal for celebrating Latino pride with grilled chicken and a Colombian side dish with amarillos

Cooking this rice with maduros is easy, but first, grab the savings HERE and head out to Publix to buy all the ingredients for this yummy recipe.

While at Publix add long-grain rice, garlic, chicken, tomatoes, purple onions, oranges, and limes to your list. Do not forget the Chiquita™ Maduros, the Wesson® Corn Oil, and Badia® Complete Seasoning.

Pairing the meal with mineral water and orange slices for a refreshing drink

Stop by the beverage aisle and buy Perrier® Carbonated Mineral Water. This drink pairs well with any meal. And it is so refreshing. I added a few slices of orange, and it was a hit!

When at home follow the recipe details below to prepare the plantain rice and while it cooks season the chicken breasts with Badia® Complete Seasoning and grill.

A Colombian cuisine inspired recipe for Hispanic Heritage Month

Serve the plantain rice or arroz de pajarito with grilled chicken, fresh tomato and onion slices, dress with lime and olive oil. Enjoy the meal with a glass of cold Perrier® Carbonated Mineral Water. Enjoy this complete homemade feast, which is perfect to suit any family celebration.

Cheers to good food, savings, and Hispanic Heritage Month!

We are celebrating family and Hispanic Heritage Month with a bowl of plantain rice, also called little bird rice or “Arroz de Pajarito.”

Plantain Rice Colombian Style

Chef Adriana Martin
We are celebrating family and Hispanic Heritage Month with a bowl of plantain rice, also called little bird rice or “Arroz de Pajarito.” Cooked with long-grain white rice, plantains, garlic, and Latino seasonings. Buy the ingredients at Publix.
5 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Colombian Cuisine
Servings 8 people
Calories 231 kcal


  • Stainless steel pan with a lid
  • Cutting board
  • Chef knife
  • Fork
  • Measuring Cups
  • Wooden spoon


  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 2 cups Chiquita Maduros thawed and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Wesson Corn Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Badia Complete Seasoning
  • 4-5 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon salt if needed


  • Thaw the Chiquita™ Maduros following the instructions in the package. You can opt to place a few in a bowl and thaw using the microwave too. Cut the plantains in small cubes and saute until golden brown using Wesson® Corn Oil. Then add the garlic cloves and saute for a few minutes.
  • Add the rice to the cooked plantains with the garlic and stir. Add the boiling water and season with Badia® Complete Seasoning.
  • Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until rice is cooked.



  • Per every cup of rice you need 2 cups of water. Try to use boiling or warm water for best results. 
  • While the rice cooks do not stir as it will turn our sticky. 
  • If you think the rice needs more water add it gradually. 


Serving: 1cupCalories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 80mgPotassium: 242mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 417IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
Keyword plantains, rice
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