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Copycat Recipe: Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

 I absolutely love Chipotle!  I think I could eat it just about everyday.  Give me a chicken burrito bol or the crispy chicken tacos and I’m a happy girl.  It’s one of the few fast foods that I don’t feel guilty about eating.  It’s generally pretty healthy because it’s not fried food and you can load up on veggies.  So what’s not to love?

The cilantro lime rice is also one of my favorites.  The flavors are subtle, but SOOO good!  Since I like it so much, I thought I should figure out how to make it at home, so that I can have it any time.  Well, guess what?  It’s ridiculously easy to get that same rice at home. It hardly even qualifies as a recipe, if you can make rice you can definitely make this cilantro lime rice.  The only real “secret” is not going too crazy on the lime juice, a little goes a long way.  If you add too much it ends up too tart, but with the right amount you get that hint of lime with just the right amount of tang.  Together with the cilantro, you end up with rice perfection!

Copycat Recipe: Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

  • 1 cup Jasmine or Basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh cilantro, minced (depending on your taste)

Combine rice and water in a medium saucepan.

Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.

Turn heat off and let sit, covered for 5 minutes.

Fluff rice with a fork and stir in cilantro and lime juice.


Sheet Pan Chicken Fajita Bowls

Monday 23rd of January 2017

[…] used cilantro lime rice as the base of my bowls, but if you wanted to keep the carbs down, you could build your bowls on […]


Monday 30th of December 2013

if you think Chipotle's rice is good, you should try the lime cilantro rice at Cafe Rio.......awesome. I make this rice but I add 2 tsp of minced garlic and 2 tsp of Caldo de Pollo (chicken bullion) to 1 cup of rice & 2 cups of water and of course the lime juice before I cook it, letting it boil and and absorb all that yummy flavor sooo good. Then add a little more lime juice and the cilantro before serving. Try it, it's awesome

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Tuesday 15th of October 2013

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Wednesday 21st of August 2013

I made this and I really like this.


Saturday 13th of July 2013

Thanks for the tip, Kim. I'll have to give that a try!