Monday, January 20, 2020

Chipotle Copycat Cilantro Lime Rice (With VIDEO)

Chipotle Copycat Cilantro Lime rice is a simple recipe that is sure to become a staple in your house. It is perfectly soft and sticky with a nutty, floral aroma. It has fresh cilantro speckled throughout and a bright flavor from citrus that makes this an incredible side dish that you are going to make again and again!

We really don't eat out much, but when we do, and we have something that we truly enjoy, I love to create my own version at home.

A few years ago my sister-in-law and her kids came over for a visit while they were in town. We ended up getting dinner from Chipotle.

The food was fantastic and the Cilantro Lime Rice had so many possibilities so, I decided to create my own delicious version along with several more of the dishes that they are famous for.

I love the flavors and versatility of Chipotle's selections. Even more, I love making an entire Mexican Grill Feast at home.

I originally created this recipe in 2012 and shared it with you. But, after four years it has truly become a staple in my Mexican and Southwestern cooking.

We decided it was time to rephotograph this amazing dish! But, it still looked really tasty in 2012. What do you think?

We love throwing parties and having get-togethers but after many years of experience I realized that I did not want to be in the kitchen working, I wanted to spend time with my family and friends.

Since then, I have created simple dishes for parties and have really turned to buffets as a simple way to pull off a party with marvelous food without much effort.

Imagine an entire buffet loaded with all your favorites. Beef Barbacoa, Pork Carnitas (coming Sunday), Cilantro Lime Rice, Best Ever Guacamole, Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa (coming next week) along with your favorite beans and Pico de gallo.

I also add in my favorite toppings for good measure: sour cream, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and shredded lettuce.

The barbacoa and carnitas are prepared and served in slow cookers which makes all of this no fuss!

The guacamole, corn salsa, and Pico can all be made ahead and stored in the fridge in the bowls you are going to serve them in.

Also, I prep all of my toppings the day before. So, literally, all I have to do the day of the party is prep the meats, toss them in the slow cookers and then make the rice before we eat.

If you really want to make this a make-ahead dream you can prepare the meats the day before and then just toss them in slow cookers 3 hours before your party on low. Easy peasy!

This buffet is always a hit at our parties, and it's everyone's favorite football Sunday feast. I know you are going to love it too.

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Helpful Tips to make Chipotle Copycat Cilantro Lime Rice:

  • When making rice you want to be sure to fluff it with a fork and NOT stir it. Stirring it activates the starch and will make your rice gummy.
  • The last step of letting the rice sit with the cover on is a very important part of the recipe. This step allows the rice to steam. Make sure you do not skip this step.
  • Do NOT try to cook the rice on high. You will just allow the water to cook off and the rice will not be cooked through before the water has evaporated. 

What you will need to make Chipotle Copycat Cilantro Lime Rice:


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See how easy this Chipotle Copycat Cilantro Lime Rice is to make. Watch the video!!!

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Chipotle Copycat Cilantro Lime Rice

Chipotle Copycat Cilantro Lime rice is a simple recipe that is sure to become a staple in your house. Cilantro Lime Rice is perfectly soft and sticky with a nutty floral aroma. It has fresh cilantro speckled throughout and a bright flavor from citrus that makes this an incredible side dish that you are going to make again and again!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 30 mins


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup long-grain jasmine rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (or any flavorless oil)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice


  1. In a medium saucepan over high heat bring water to a boil. Add rice, bay leaf and salt.  Stir to coat rice. Return to a boil. Once it is a full rolling boil, reduce to simmer and cover for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat, leave covered for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove bay leaf. Fluff rice with a fork, add the oil, cilantro, and juices. Stir to combine.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Lately, I've been using a lot of lime juice and I've slowly come to like cilantro (is it an acquired taste?) I just know this rice would be terrific with your margarita chicken. Slated for my last of summer meal -- or maybe all winter.

    1. Cilantro always smelled like a garden weed to me. But once you start using it, it goes well with so much. Bahn mi sandwiches, Thai soup, Mexican dishes, etc. It bolts so rapidly in the garden that we don't grow it and have to settle for the grocery store variety.

  2. This sounds great! I am always looking for new ways to spice up plain old rice!

  3. Allergic to oranges :( can I substitute a different juice? Grapefruit?

    1. I would just use more lime juice in its place. Hope that helps.

    2. I am also allergic to oranges. I would just leave it out. Maybe add a touch of sugar or sweetener or some sort. The orange would have sweetened the rice a little.

    3. When I was in a Chipotle near me years ago, I was watching the person in back make the rice. I asked him what he just poured in and he said "pineapple juice". That is how I make mine.

  4. This was a great recipe. We served it with the barbacoa recipe that you posted in February, as well as pico de gallo and a copycat of the corn salsa. Thanks for posting!

  5. How .any servings will this make? I am very excited to try it and I want to make sure that I make enough.... enough to share. Tehehe... ;)

    1. Serves about 4. I updated the recipe to show the 4 servings. Thank you and enjoy!

  6. Ange - Slow Cooker & Other Recipes 4 Friends (Facebook)August 21, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    I made this rice last night to accompany Tangy Asian Meatballs - it was a great hit. I shared the recipe (with credits) to my face book group, Slow Cooker & Other Recipes Friends, we LOVE your recipes.

    Thanks for Sharing.

  7. I made this rice last night and the flavor was delicious, thank you for sharing. The only thing was my rice came out sticky, any ideas?

    1. Try adding oil in the rice before cooking and salt in at the end when mixing in cilantro and citrus!

    2. I saute the rice in the oil before adding hot water to it.. each grain gets coated.

  8. As a chipotle worker, switch the jasmine rice for plain white rice, take out the orange juice, and add a little more salt

  9. I would also add in some garlic powder or fresh for more flavor.

  10. This recipe sounds amazing! I’m a big rice fan & would love if u could find a copycat recipe for TGIFRIDAYS rice. I could eat it by the gallons. Lol. Can’t wait to try this recipe as well. Thanks for posting ��

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianMay 17, 2018 at 11:41 AM

      Enjoy christymk!

  11. Can I double the recipe safely?

  12. I am one of a few people who can't eat Cilantro because to us it takes kinda soapy. Is there a substitute for it.


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