Cilantro Lime Rice {Chipotle Copycat Recipe}

One of our favorite restaurants has to be Chipotle! My husband and I love their carnitas and barbacoa meats and there is just something about their Cilantro Lime Rice in a tortilla loaded with other deliciousness that makes it all complete! 

I recently learned the ‘secret’ behind AMAZING Cilantro Lime Rice that I think gives it the BEST flavor hands down! For the best flavor, you actually create a cilantro lime marinade for the rice giving it that extra punch of flavor; it’s absolutely delicious! While Chipotle uses basmati rice you could also use this same recipe with your traditional white or brown rice as well! This has become one of my favorite go-to recipe for using up our fresh cilantro before the sun comes this Summer and scorches it all! 

Cilantro Lime Rice- Chipotle Copycate Recipe #rice #cilantro #chipotlerecipes #copycatrecipes


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped) 
  • 2 cup white rice (Chipotle Restaurants use Basmati Rice) 
  • 4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Limes (large) 


1. In a heavy saucepan, heat 1 TBSP oil or butter over low heat, stirring occasionally until melted.

2. Add rice and juice from 1 lime, stir for 1 minute. Add water and salt, bring to a full rolling boil.

3. At boiling, cover, turn down to simmer over low heat until rice is tender and the water is absorbed; about 25 minutes.

4. In a small dish combine the juice from the other lime, 1 TBSP of olive oil, and the chopped cilantro. Stir and allow to flavors to blend while rice is cooking. (For extra flavor make this mixture a few hours prior!)

cilantro lime rice mixture

5. Fluff rice with a fork and add in the cilantro oil mixture. Garnish with a sprig of fresh cilantro.

cilantro lime rice

Recipe adapted from

Cilantro Lime Rice is a perfect side dish for:

Grilled Sweet Balsamic Steak Bundles

Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken #grillingrecipes #bruschetta #chickenrecipes

Flat Iron Steak with Homemade Chimichurri Sauce #steak #chimichurri #grilling

Quick & Easy Southwest Pepper Chicken Fajitas

Looking for an even healthier version? Check out Joyful Healthy Eats’ version of Cilantro Lime Rice!



  1. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Delicious! We love Chipotle as well! It’s usually where we end up for date night.

  3. Chipotle is one of my fav’s too! This might make an appearance this Memorial Weekend! Thanks!

  4. Oooh. I love this Mackenzie!

  5. This sounds so delicious – and a perfect way to use up more of my out of control cilantro plant! :) Pinning!

  6. Chipotle rice is my fave. Thanks so much for the recipe! :-)

  7. Wow, this looks delicious. I just pinned it! I found you through “Craft-O-Maniac” I hope you’re having a wonderful day!
    -Kayla @ OrchardGirls.Blogspot

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