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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80 Responses to “Cilantro Lime Rice (chipotle style)”
  1. Julie

    Just made this – I followed the former Chipotle worker’s tip of adding lemon juice too, and the kosher salt. Used butter because I love it. It tasted pretty darn close! Thank you!! 8)

  2. :cry: Tried this recipe with Minute Rice—-Yuk—-bland and starchy—even soaked the rice. Thank goodness it was just going in burritos or I would have had to chuck it!
    Followed the Chipotle person and added the oil, lime and cilantro after the rice was cooked.

  3. I agree with more water with Basmaati rice. Problem with following a recipe is that some struggle when quantities and timing needs to be tweaked. Cooking always needs to be adjusted depending on ingredients and variation in lots of things. Anyway, thanks for the rice idea.

  4. I often cook rice, we love it in our family and we love cilantro too, so your recipe is a great find for me! :)

  5. I really do not want to try the sugar in rice and I always learn to every cup of rice you use two cups of water and whats up with soaking the rice for 10mins its not beans

    Its not beans – obviously! ‘cos then you would soaking them overnight. But soaking the rice for few minutes, draining and then cooking it helps to keep the grains separate and fluffy.This method is popularly followed by the Indians to make their pulaos. –DK

  6. Megan

    There is no sugar& there is no butter! its soy oil and salt with lemon lime juice and 2 tablespoons of salt and 2 cups of cilantro!

  7. Kema

    :) Yesterday was my first time eating at Chipotle and I loved it! I’m in culinary arts school and automatically thought of trying it at home when I tasted it. So when I found the recipe today, I knew this would be for dinner.

  8. esbee

    Love this. Assumed it was much harder than it was. I used one cup brown rice and one cup sushi rice (we like it sticky) in the rice cooker and added everything afterwards. Turned out amazing!

  9. Nicole

    I just made this and my family loves it. I added less water( I always add 1/4 cup of water less) and mine required 25 minutes to cook (followed the cooking instruction on the bag of rice.)

  10. Connie

    I like to add a bit of finely grated lime zest into the rice for a more intensely lime taste.

  11. Love love love Chipotle rice! Thanks so much for sharing this. I found you via StumbleUpon.

  12. I want to try this too. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Ana

    Does chipotle use sugar in their rice?

  14. I have been searching high and low for a dish like this as the old-standby (spanish rice) is getting old. This looks so appetizing and I like the fact it has cilantro in it. I’ll be making this soon.

  15. megan

    cant wait to make t his

  16. Stacey Burton

    :-P Loved this rice. I cooked the rice in my rice cooker and then added all of the rest of the ingredients. I tripled it to make for a get together. Turned out great! All gone at the end of the end of the night:)

  17. Ila

    I made this. Cooked rice separately, then added sesame oil, lime juice and cilantro, salt and pepper. I was hungry so I also chopped up two hard boiled eggs. Yummy.

  18. Catherine

    Chipotle adds the seasoning after the rice is cooked. I was in there today and watched them prepare the brown rice. Also, for great fluffy brown rice, rinse rice, bring 4 cups water for every 1 cup of rice to boil. Add rinsed rice to boiling water. Boil uncovered for about 40 minutes. Drain. Return to pot. Cover leave without heat on burner for about 20 minutes. I boil rice like pasta to make a Persian dish as well–the rice comes out amazing.

  19. Daniel

    This came out great! I used parboiled rice, cooked it first, then sauteed it in olive oil and butter, then added the sugar, lime, and cilantro at the end. Definitely doing this again.
    Taste like I was at Chipotle.

  20. Kristen

    I made this last night and have to say I was quite disappointed because it came out super mushy. I’ve never made rice like this before but followed the directions as posted and set my timer. Not sure why it didn’t turn out like other posts.

    The problem with rice is that the quality differs from place to place, brand to brand and at times the shelf life. It is hence better to not follow the timings exactly as per any recipe given but use as a guideline. Next time try with less water since from what you tell me, I think ur rice needs less water. –DK

  21. Courtney Desormeaux

    This looks amazing! Love the flavor of cilantro…

  22. Lovely, new to me. Looks yummy..

  23. kbob

    Turned out amazing. Love this recipe. Exactly like the chipotle rice

  24. Grill girl @ Chipotle

    Chipotle also adds a couple bay leaves to the rice while it is cooking :)

  25. Meredith

    Do you think it would freeze well?

  26. Shari

    Will this also work with brown rice?

    I havent personally tried it myself, but I see no reason to why it should not. You probably would need a tad bit more seasoning and herbs –DK

  27. Shari

    Will this also work with brown rice?

  28. Former Chipotle Worker

    I use to work at Chipotle. This isn’t the exact way to make it, but if it works go for it! Chipotle uses a rice cooker, then adds soy oil once the rice is cooked. Then add kosher salt, lime and lemon juice, fresh cilantro. The cilantro will wither over time and turn dark green rather than the fresh green color.

    Nothing like from “the horses mouth”. Will def. try ur way and see the difference. Thanks for taking out the time :) –DK

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