Copycat Recipe: Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice

January 8, 2012

Copycat Recipe: Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice

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 I love eating at Chipotle – tons of gluten free options and the food is mighty yummy. But there is one thing that I do not like about Chipotle and that is the price – so I thought I would use my brain and make a copycat recipe for Chipotle Rice :)

I did find a number of copycat recipes on the internet but they use TONS of oil or ingredients that are expensive. So after some experimenting I have come up with a perfect copy cat recipe of the Chipotle Rice! It passed the Mr. Savvy and Budget Savvy Diva test

What you need:

1) 1 cup Rice

2) Lime Juice ( 3/4 Lime)

3) 2 Cups of Water

4) 1 tsp salt

5) 3 tbsp ( finely chopped cilantro )

6) 3 tsp vegetable oil

What To Do:

1) Place 2 tsp of Vegetable oil, Cilantro and Lime Juice in a small bowl and mix. Should look like the picture below

2) Either use a rice cooker ( I did) or cook rice on the stove top.

Add 1 cup of rice + 2 Cups of Water add salt and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
mix and cook.

3) Mix Rice and Cilantro Lime Mixture in a bowl.

4) Enjoy this amazing rice :)

Copycat Recipe: Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice

Final Product :)  This rice is amazing and very easy to make perfect side to any meal!

Recipe was inspired by Skinny Taste – I changed amount of lime used and I changed how the recipe is made :)

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Heidi Taylor January 8, 2012 at 12:10 am

Looks yummy I may try this on Monday


debi Booth January 8, 2012 at 12:20 am

Also, very nice the way you displayed the dish…very artsy!
Debi B


jo January 8, 2012 at 2:16 am

I am a HUGE Skinny Taste Fan! I used to try a new recipe from her site each week! Delicious & low Cal.


Gabrielle {CA Monkey Momma} January 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

My roommate made this recipe to go with the vegetable curry he made the other day and the rice was my favorite part of the meal!! The lime adds a flavor to the rice I never thought could taste so good!! =D

One alteration, though – when my roommate made it, he just added everything in before turning on the rice cooker and the rice really soaked in the lime flavor :)


Shannon May 23, 2013 at 6:14 am

That is what I do too…mix it all together and cook it. It’s awesome that way!


Alison March 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Can you sub brown rice for the brown rice?


Shannon May 23, 2013 at 6:16 am

I’m obviously not the author of this recipe, but I don’t see why not. Brown rice is subbed for white rice all the time in recipes. But my suggestion would be to mix everything together in the pot or rice cooker and let it all cook together for a more intense flavor.


Alison March 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I meant for the white rice. Sorry


Colleen B January 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Yes, you can sub in brown rice…even Chipotle is now doing that! But…ditch the vegetable oil (so very very bad for you!). Use unrefined coconut oil or olive oil instead!! Thanks for the recipe!


Heather February 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I made this today – twice actually. The first time I followed the directions without fail and it was to die for, the second time the ONLY change I made was I let the rice cool before I added the cilantro and lime juice. Not only did it taste like Chipotle rice but it also looked like it. My husband and 15 month old devoured this (thus the reason I had to make it twice).


Chely M.Duarte August 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm

We love this rice, today will be the 5th time We have it for dinner with the tequila lime chicken!!


Watson August 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm



Tawny September 14, 2013 at 2:36 am

I love this rice. Thank you for sharing.


Jenn Westad April 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Thanks, didnt even think to copy this. Will be good!


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