Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice (White Or Brown) Copycat Recipe

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Calling all Chipotle lovers! You can now make a huge batch of cilantro-lime rice yourself without leaving your house :) It’s super easy, you’ll love it!

Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice Copycat Recipe

This amazing cilantro-lime rice is very versatile – you can eat it so many different ways!  Use this rice for Mexican-theme nights in tacos and burritos, serve this rice as a side dish for chicken, meat or fish – the possibilities are endless as cilantro-lime rice goes well with anything :)  You can also toss in some protein like chopped chicken, shrimp or beans and turn into into a main dish!  Another awesome way to use this cilantro lime rice is in a copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowl salad – check it out, you’ll love it!

You can use any kind of rice for this recipe – white or brown.  On the photos, I used brown rice as we are really trying to choose brown rice instead of white for health reasons – brown is just so much more nutritious!  And those people who don’t like brown rice usually end up loving it in a form of cilantro lime brown rice :)

How To Make Cilantro Lime Rice

This recipe makes a big batch of 6-8 servings.  We go though this rice really quickly in our house :) If this is too much cilantro-lime rice for you, just halve all the quantities.  Or freeze the leftovers!

Cilantro-lime rice freezes pretty well.  To freeze it, put cilantro-lime rice in a freezer ziploc bag, squeeze out all the air and freeze.  Defrost in a refrigerator overnight, or in a microwave on a Defrost setting when in a hurry.

Cilantro Lime White Or Brown Rice Recipe

How To Make Cilantro Lime Rice

Step 1: Cook rice

You can use any type of rice (white or brown) and cook it any way you like – on a stove top according to package directions, in a microwave or in a rice cooker.  The microwave method works for white rice only, if you never tried it, check it out here – how to cook rice in a microwave.

I always cook my rice in a rice cooker – it’s a completely hands off process, just put the rice and water in a rice cooker, press the Start button and walk away.  Yes, I’m lazy like that :) Rice cooker is one of my most frequently used kitchen gadgets, and they are so cheap – you can get a great rice cooker for around $20!

If you never tried cooking brown rice in a rice cooker, or it never turned out well for you, you’ll like my article on how to make fluffy tasty brown rice in a rice cooker!

Step 2: Mix dressing and mince cilantro

While the rice is cooking, whisk the juice of 1 lime, minced garlic clove, 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp of salt in a cup.  You will use this dressing, along with minced cilantro, to flavor the cilantro-lime rice!

To mince the cilantro, I always use my food processor – just throw the cilantro in a food processor bowl fitted with the steel blade, pulse for 30 seconds and you’ll get a perfect minced cilantro with virtually no effort!

Step 3: Season the rice with lime and cilantro

Drizzle the lime dressing and sprinkle minced cilantro over the rice.  Using a fork, fluff the rice and mix everything thoroughly so the cilantro is evenly distributed.  Taste the rice and add more salt and seasoning if needed.  Enjoy your homemade Chipotle cilantro-lime rice!

Chipotle Copycat Cilantro Lime Rice

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Chipotle Cilantro-Lime Rice (White or Brown) Copycat Recipe

If you like Chipotle's cilantro-lime rice, you are going to love this recipe! It's super easy to make cilantro-lime rice yourself with white rice or brown rice - your choice! So easy, yummy and healthy!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: copycat, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 servings


  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro minced


  • Cook rice according to package directions. You can use the stove top or a rice cooker (I always cook my rice in a rice cooker).
  • Put lime juice, garlic clove, olive oil and salt in a cup and whisk with a fork.
  • Drizzle the lime juice mixture over rice and put minced cilantro on top. With a fork, mix the rice thoroughly so the rice is fluffy and all the lime dressing and cilantro are evenly incorporated.
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  1. I work for Chipotle as a cook and there is no garlic in our rice and add a bay leaf while it is cooking. That is how is it really done. But I personally love the idea of garlic…I will be adding that next time I make the rice at home. Thanks!!!

  2. Excellent. I had some left over Basmati rice to use up so made your dressing and added the minced cilantro. Perfect pairing for some super spicy salsa chicken I made for dinner. Will definitely make again with Mexican food.

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