Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice |

This recipe is SO simple and so good. I love adding this cilantro lime rice to a Mexican meal. It has bright flavors and brings life to what might be a heavy, cheesy and spicy meal (nothing wrong with that!). I love the flavors of the lime and cilantro with the rice. I could not stop eating this, even right out of the bowl I mixed it in.

If any of you eat at the restaurant Chipotle, this rice may sound familiar. It is a copycat of their delicious rice (do you know they also have brown rice now?). This version probably has much less oil and fat than their version though, and still tastes just as great. Take a cue from them and throw it on a burrito! It would be great with these taco chicken tenders, too.



Cilantro Lime Rice

Similar to the rice you love at Chipotle and so easy to make at home. The fresh taste of this cilantro lime rice is the perfect addition to any meal.

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  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt depending on taste (we’re trying to cut back, so I used 1)
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil


  1. In a medium pot, add rice, water, 2 teaspoons of oil and salt. Boil on high until the water is just covering the rice.
  2. Reduce heat to low, cover and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes or until rice is cooked. Remove from heat and keep covered for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, combine lime juice, cilantro, and remaining oil. Add rice when it has finished cooking and toss until mixed, fluffing rice with a fork as needed.

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Verdict: Loved this and will definitely be making it again.
Husband’s take: He absolutely loved Chipotle so he was thrilled about this rice and liked that it was healthier (lower in fat and sodium) than the restaurant version.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy!

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  1. Sounds like a great way to add an easy side to a Mexican dish! Love the idea of lime in the rice.

  2. This is my favorite rice!! I am totally making this on sunday!

  3. I love a light rice to balance out my beans, this looks just right. Great recipe.

  4. I tried this copy cat recipe a few months ago. It is definitely a hit around here, too. We use brown rice, because my son is allergic to “real” rice, and it worked great!

  5. I have a recipe for Mexican rice that uses a lot of the same ingredients and while we love it, I would never consider it lowfat (fair amount of olive oil) and it includes serrano peppers so the heat has some friends steer clear. Nice to have an alternative!

  6. WATCH OUT CHIPOTLE! And the brown rice is pretty decent. I’d take your healthier version any day though, for real!

  7. Love chipotle and their cilantro rice.

  8. So many of my friends HATE cilantro–I don’t understand it! I love the bright, almost spicy flavor it has. Great rice!

  9. This looks like the perfect side for all my favorite Mexican meals! Love the flavor!

  10. I love making this kind of dish at home. Cilantro is my #1 favorite!

  11. chipotle rice is the best – m so glad you are sharing the healthier version :)

  12. Yum! This looks great! Bring on Cinco de Mayo!!!

  13. Thanks for the cinco de mayo ideas! This is fabulous!

  14. This is my favorite rice dish EVER!

  15. How delicious, I bet the lime makes the rice taste very refreshing and light!

  16. Such pretty, festive rice! It’s always nice to have a deliciously flavored rice on hand like this one!

  17. I made this last night as part of my taco/burrito bar. Yum! It went perfectly with the sweet and spicy pork I made. Such a simple idea, but I never would have thought of it. I was so looking forward to leftovers for lunch today, then found out my husband threw out the leftover rice. :( Guess who’s being sent to the store for more lime and cilantro? :) Thanks for posting, Rachel!

  18. LOVE Chipotle! Sadly I only get it when I go down to the city. Not sure why they haven’t thought about moving into our area. This rice looks delicious and it’s absolutely perfect for homemade burrito bowls.

  19. Yum!! My kids have been LOVING rice lately, need to add this to the rotation!

  20. This sounds so great and full of flavour – I love how bright and vibrant it sounds!

  21. You want to know something funny? I made this from Skinny Taste a while back but I totally forgot where I got the recipe from lol! You are reminding me of how delicious it was! Mmm lime is so good on rice!

  22. I made this recipe tonight and it was FANTASTIC. Thank you so much for sharing.

  23. Made this last night, will be adding to our weekly meals. Boyfriend who eats chipolte very regularly said it tastes just like it!

  24. Hi. Your are right, this is simple and delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  25. I have never added oil to my cooked rice. Just wondering what it does for the rice.

  26. can you use lemon juice innstead of lime?

  27. I made this tonight in the rice cooker. Delicious!!!

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  30. Can you use 2 cups no salt chicken broth and 2 cups of water instead of 4 cups of water for extra flavor?

  31. Best rice I have made in a very long time!!! Delish!

    Rating: 5

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