My Foray Into Food Storage

A regular gal learning about Food Storage, Home Cooking, Canning, Gardening, and more!


Chipotle Inspired Corn Salsa

Making some corn salsa to go along with my Cafe Rio Inspired Beef for dinner tonight!



Laurel Laurie Staten Nguyen Newhall, CA

My Foray Into Food Storage

This is my last post in my Cafe Rio/Chipotle recipe series.  Once I’d mastered Cafe Rio Beef (recipe here), Cafe Rio Black Beans (recipe here), and Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice (recipe here), I realized that I needed something else to really put these “Burrito Bowls” over the top.  I needed a corn salsa.  I tried a few different versions, and this is what I came up with.  It doesn’t taste like Chipotle’s Corn Salsa, but it was inspired by it.  I hope you love it as much as I do.

And it's ready to serve. Tomato Corn Salsa

Tomato Corn Salsa

1 16-oz bag of frozen corn (or 1 lb of corn cut from corn on the cob)

1 7-oz can chopped roasted green chiles

Lime juice, to taste (I use about 2 tablespoons)

1 15-oz can petite diced tomatoes, undrained

1/3 jalapeno, diced

1/2 red onion…

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Knock-Off Recipe Test: Cafe Rio Beef in a Pressure Cooker

One of my favorite things to make at home! You can do it on the stove in a regular pot or a pressure cooker or in a crockpot. It’s so delicious!

My Foray Into Food Storage

A few years ago, my sisters (who live in Maryland and Utah) were just RAVING about Cafe Rio, especially about their freshly made tortillas and their salads.  Cafe Rio is a “Mexican” (notice the quotes) fast service restaurant similar to Chipotle.  So, while stopping for gas when passing through Utah, I went by a Cafe Rio and ordered a shredded roast beef burrito.  Mind you, I am not usually a “meat” gal.  I usually opt for vegetarian dishes, but I was told that the roast beef was great.  So, I tried it.  It was fine, but not as amazing as everyone said.  At least, that was my initial reaction.  I could only eat half of my burrito (it was huge!), so I saved the rest in the cooler.  When I ate it later, I realized how yummy it truly was!  The roast beef was well flavored and tender…

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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)



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.