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Cilantro Lime Rice (Chipotle Copycat)

You can finally make the addicting rice from Chipotle right in your own kitchen! And it's only 4 main ingredients!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southwestern
Servings: 8 servings (1/2 cup each)


  • 2 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
  • 2 cups basmati rice uncooked
  • 3 1/2 cups water (check directions on rice to use what they recommend)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro fresh (measure before chopping)
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons lime juice fresh (about 2 limes)


  • Rinse the rice in a strainer to remove the extra starch. If you like starchy, sticky rice (like I do!), skip this step.
  • In a medium/large saucepan, add rice*, water*, butter, and 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer until all the water is evaporated and rice is cooked.
  • When rice is cooked, remove from heat and add cilantro. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice. If you want more lime flavor (like I do!), add another few splashes, to taste.


*If you are using a rice cooker, make sure to use the measurements directed in the manufacturers instructions. They are typically different from cooking rice on a stovetop.
Recipe adapted from Sugar Mama Cooks