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Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

I was craving Chipotle last week and so I ventured out and spent 40 minutes in rush hour traffic so I could pig out on a delicious, over-sized burrito. It was worth it.

As I’m choosing my ingredients I noticed the white rice is labeled as “cilantro lime rice.” I thought I could reproduce it easily at home, so I bought a lime and a bundle of cilantro and worked on recreating the delicious rice at home.

cilantro lime rice

I started with just a few things:

2 cups uncooked rice
4 cups water
juice from half of a lime
1 cup chopped cilantro

  1. Boil the water in your pot. When boiling, add the rice and lime juice.
  2. Cook for as long as directed or until all the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.
  3. Mix in the cilantro.


I served it with a side of chicken and called it a night. It was well-received by the family, though I will admit that my 5-year-old may not be a huge fan of lime. Next time I’m going to mix in some peas or corn for more texture. It’s definitely missing something, but this basic recipe served its purpose. I love it and I think this simple recipe has a lot of potential!

Will you try it? How will you serve your cilantro lime rice?



  1. Ahhhh!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you for sharing. I am totally in love with Chipotle’s rice. I am so glad you posted this. I have to make some

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