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Knock-Off Recipe Test: Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

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Who doesn’t love Chipotle?  I love that they offer so many wholesome choices and that my food is assembled fresh before my eyes.  But, alas, I can’t always go to Chipotle when the craving hits, so I’ve learned to make a few of my favorites at home.  Their cilantro-lime rice is super yummy.  It adds that special “something” to their meals.

 

Cilantro Lime Rice, Cafe Rio Knock-off Black Beans, Cafe Rio Knock-off Beef, and Corn Salsa (recipe coming soon).

Cilantro Lime Rice, Cafe Rio Knock-off Black Beans, Cafe Rio Knock-off Beef, and Corn Salsa (recipe coming soon).

 

When I started making Cafe Rio Beef (recipe here) and Cafe Rio Beans (recipe here) at home, I used to serve it with plain rice, and it was good, but it was missing that special “something.”  I needed some Chipotle rice, and I figured it couldn’t be that hard to make cilantro-lime rice, right?  Thanks to Google, I found out it is not only simple, but I felt silly that I didn’t think to try this before.  But I know me.  I feel much better if I have a recipe.  I have had some spectacular failures when I try to improvise without the framework of a recipe, and I didn’t want to fail here.

 

Cilantro lime rice is simply this: cilantro, lime juice, and rice.  That’s it.  How much of each?  It depends on your preferences.  Here’s my basic “recipe,” but keep in mind that you can alter the amount of the ingredients to make it perfect for you.

 

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

 

 

Cilantro Lime Rice

 

3 cups of Basmati rice (or any other long grain rice)

Water

Salt

Juice of two limes (about 4 tablespoons)

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

 

Cook three cups of dry Basmati rice according to the instructions.  (I use a rice cooker, so my rice is cooked with water and rice only.)  When done, add a dash of salt, if desired.  Add lime juice and stir well.  Mix cilantro into the lime-rice mixture and serve.

 

I mix everything together in my handy, dandy rice cooker.  It keeps it hot and fresh for hours.

I mix everything together in my handy, dandy rice cooker. It keeps it hot and fresh for hours.

 

That’s it.  Really!

 

How does it compare to Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice?  I give it an A+ for both flavor and similarity. 

 

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

11 thoughts on “Knock-Off Recipe Test: Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

  1. Reblogged this on Shopping in my basement and commented:
    mmm…reblogging to try!

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  2. I made this with Cauliflower it was so good!

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  3. I actually just tried this at home myself last week (done the exact way you did it) after I went to Chipotle (heaven). It’s deeeelish 🙂

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  4. Okay! I love it. I have a rice cooker also, and love using it. And since it has a steamer on top I can put veggies in that to add to the rice when it’s finished. Love that lime idea.

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  5. I love the rice from Chipotle …I am determined to make my own Carnitas Bowl. It gets me to wondering if it would work with brown rice as well.

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  6. yuuum!!! love rice, love lime, loooove cilantro!! you got me!! 😊

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  7. Love cilantro lime rice! 🙂

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  8. Pingback: Chipotle Inspired Corn Salsa | My Foray Into Food Storage

  9. I need a recipe for Wahoo’s white rice 🙂

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  10. Man, this really sounds like it is excellent. Thanks for the post. Scott

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