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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91 Responses to “Cilantro Lime Rice (chipotle style)”
  1. April

    I ate at Chipotle for the First time this past weekend and now I am hooked, I was wondering if it would make any Difference if you Use Fresh Cilantro or dried Cilantro. Also about how much Lime Juice do you use, because some limes have more juice than others.

    I have never tried with dried cilantro hence cant comment on it, although I think fresh might be better than the dried version – but then I might be biased cos I just love the chipotle version to death :) –DK

  2. kylie

    this is going on pinterest! :D

  3. I made this. Delicious! I added black beans in at the end with the cilantro and served it with a side of sliced avacado and grapes. The family loved it!

  4. Nicholas Johnson

    This recipe does not work with enriched medium grain rice.

  5. My hubbie has been bugging me to make Chipotle-style rice. This recipe looks easy enough. I plan to make it tonight aside some broiled salmon.

  6. Andy

    I used to work at Chipotle, and there is lemon juice in the rice is well. There is an equal amount of lemon and lime juice.

  7. Matt

    I’ve now made this recipe twice. Definitely a keeper! A couple of things I did differently – I used regular old jasmine rice. I used just under a cup and a half of water. And I used about 2x the amount of cilantro (we LOVE cilantro). Made a barbacoa roast in the crockpot and we are eating in style!

  8. maggie

    Thanks-this looks awesome and I can’t wait to try it!

  9. Carol Dunlap

    I haven’t made this yet, but was wondering can you use Jasmine Rice?

  10. Ashley

    I’m going to be trying this recipe later tonight. I’m a single college student who spends WAY too much money on Chipotle, so I want to try making their burritos and bowls at home. How long could this keep in the fridge? Would it be okay to add the cilantro and keep it all refridgerated for a few days? Or should I cook the rice and add the cilantro and lime as I use it?

    I would personally suggest using the lime and cilantro when you are eating it and preparing just the rice ahead. That way it still tastes fresh. One of my friends adds even lime and stores it and feels that the sitting time helps to improve the flavor, while I feel that it doesnt taste “fresh”. I think it comes down to one’s taste buds. But add the cilantro fresh every time.

  11. cacklinrose

    Do you think I can make the rice ahead of time and add the cilantro when I reheat and serve?

    I am sure you can :)

  12. mike

    Does anyone know if Chipotle uses Basmati rice and if so what type of Basmati? Apparently enriched white rice is nutritionally worthless (like white bread) and certain types of Basmati could actually be healthy.

  13. mriduladas

    amazingly simple…. too cool. hey could we do this with coked basmati rice too? well am trying it now. will post the result.

    Oh yes I am sure you can! Yes, do let us know how it turned out! :) –DK

  14. Sarah

    Made this today! Tasted great. Although I got a little bit impatient and added more lime before I got a real taste. One lime is more than enough. Same as Chipotle!! Thanks for the recipe

  15. Maureen

    Stupid question but do you think I could use brown rice for this?

    Awe comeon, Its such a logical question. I think you can – of course it wont be chipotle rice ;) but its sure healthier :)

  16. yum! love love love chipotle’s rice! the fajita burrito bowls are my fav!

  17. Yes! Love Chipotle rice! We devised a similar recipe and decided to go for the whole burrito and made Pork Bowls. Soooo goood! If you’re interested in what comes next:

  18. Dawit

    Hey nice Site and amazing dish…Approved by Ethiopian! Loved it!

  19. What the difference between the rice types? can I use some other rice for this recipe?

    There are long grained, medium and short grained. long grained ones are great for recipes where you want the texture distinct and separate and not mushy. the medium and short grained rice tend to get mushy faster and hence are ideal for pudding’s etc.

  20. platter looks so yummy,..

  21. Wow, the cooking way of this cilantro lime rice is great, I’ll try it later. just one question: how can i add your blog into my rss reader, thanks so much.

    Hi, thanks for your kind comments. :) You can subscribe to ChefInyou via RSS in the first section in the top right of any page. You can also do the same at the end of every post where I have 2 icons both for mail and RSS. Thanks for your interest. Appreciate it.

  22. Looks perfect! Exactly like Chipotles! Awesome! Now, you should just have this with some grilled veggies and a spicy salsa!

  23. mmm. such a simple recipe yet looks soooo tempting. Yum!! :)

  24. Such a simple but delicious recipe ! And you are right about simplicity , simplicity is always the best. :-D Love your photography

  25. Rice looks so yummy and the photographs are phenomenal. Great going. love your blog. :)

  26. Delicious recipe.. I am a big fan of chipotle rice

  27. I was wondering what to make for dinner and here it is a simple recipe… I love the Chipotle rice too.

  28. Simple dish with tons of flavor. Great pics as usual.

  29. I’m revisiting my relationship with Cilantro. Bad tequila night in Cabo scarred me for life. Trying simple dishes to get back into the groove, and this rice dish looks like it’ll help out :)

    I am a cilantro lover hence might sound biased ;) Simple recipes like this, will help to soothe out all the complicated foods out of your system. You can also try it with the suggested vegan refried beans. Its simple too and I find it makes harmony at the table. We all need a break from eating rich and junk food too….er at least sometimes! ;)

  30. Hey DK, I completely agree with you, I too LOVE chipotle and especially their fajita bowls, with lots of guacamole!! I also make this rice exactly like this

    OMG! That was some fast comment. I like published this post like 10 seconds ago – You go girl :)

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