Cilantro Lime Rice (chipotle style)

By DK on Nov 02, 2009
Chipotle style Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
Have you ever been a situation when you wanted to throw out all things complicated - be it from serious life to career issues to as simple as clearing out a crumpled up wardrobe to your bookshelf? Ah! I know how it feels. Sometimes I feel that we all make things too complicated when they need not be. A simple solution is all it probably needs. Simplicity is the best cure for most of our problems but well, it can be the hardest thing to get (what a paradox!).
Chipotle style Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
I LOVE chipotle and especially their Vegetarian Fajita Burritos. Down to earth ingredients come together to form such a delicious and clean flavor. Its an epitome of simplicity. I especially love their rice and I was surprised to see that there are quite a few lovers for that rice like me (Web- what do we do without you?). Here is the recipe for Chipotle style Cilantro and Lime Rice. Has only 3 main ingredients and takes like 10-15 minutes to cook!

Enjoy it in Black and Mango Quesadillas for a substantial lunch, or in a burrito along with Vegan Frijoles refritos (Refried Beans), Guacamole, Pico de gallo or vibrant Mango Salsa. Its great as a side to any spicy meal which is how we enjoy it more often along with chilled Watermelon Agua Fresca.
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
  • 1 cup Basmati or any other long grained rice, rinsed lightly in cold water
  • 1 tsp oil (for that authentic taste use 1 tbsp butter)
  • 1-2 small limes
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (optional)
  • about 3 tbsp cilantro
  • salt to taste
Soak the rice in some water for 10 minutes. Although it is not required, I find that it helps to keep the grains separate and avoids it getting mushy!
Chipotle style Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
In a skillet, in low heat, add the butter/oil along with rice and sugar. Let the rice get coated with the oil. Once the rice gets aromatic add juice of 1 lime. Stir for a minute.
Chipotle style Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
Add 2 cups of water and salt - cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes.
Chipotle style Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
Check to see if the rice has absorbed all the water. ( Note: Some people like to cook Basmati with 1 cup water. For me 2 cups works well since I find that 1 cup gives a crunchy grain and is not completely cooked.)
Chipotle style Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
Stir it v lightly and add chopped cilantro. You can add more if you like. Taste and add more lime juice if required. Remove from flame, fluff the rice lightly and let it sit for 1-2 minutes with the lid on.
Chipotle style Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
You can optionally add lime wedges as garnish. I served it along with Frijoles Refritos ( Refried Beans). This rice goes very well with spicy and hot dishes. The flavors are simple though they burst with the freshness of lime and aroma of cilantro. Chipotle style Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
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90 Responses to “Cilantro Lime Rice (chipotle style)”
  1. Melissa

    Hello- I made this today; and my rice was really sticky. What did I do wrong? was it to add 2 cups of water for 1 cup rice?

  2. Peggy

    I love this recipe..I use regular white rice though, I buy in bulk so I didn’t want to purchase different rice. It still worked perfect. I was worried that the Lime would overpower it, but it didn’t. I’m actually making it again tonight, for the second week in a row. Delicious. I used it with chicken Fajitas, black beans,corn and avacado, putting it together in a bowl minus the tortilla.

  3. Miriam

    8) :mrgreen: :lol: This is a fantastic recipe, very clear and very simple. Thanks for posting it! I cook with basmati frequently (Middle Eastern food), and there is no substitute. At least one commenter mentioned minute rice… the rice makes all the difference. Buy one of those burlap bags of basmati that you can find in the international foods section of your store. Soaking definitely gives the described light, fluffy texture. I usually soak the rice 1 hr to overnight in salted water (and omit the salt in the water when cooking). Fresh cilantro and lime juice is best, but I have also had good results with Nellie and Joe’s lime juice. I’ve also used dry cilantro when no fresh was available, adding it to the water while cooking. Another good variation (but not Chipotle-style) is to sautee some finely chopped onion in the butter before adding the rice to the pan.

  4. Pam Umscheid

    This sounds great! just 1 question when you cook the rice for 10 to 15 min
    what temperature still on low heat?

  5. Tony

    8-O :mrgreen: :-D :) AWESOMENESS thanks for the recipe!!

  6. Annie

    Made this for my son’s 21st birthday dinner. He and the rest of the clan absolutely loved it. Thanks for sharing!

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