Chipotle Copycat Lime Rice Recipe

"This is a copycat recipe I found for this amazing rice, it works perfectly with a nice savory pulled pork that I use for making burritos. But it really is good enough to have on it's own. *edit* I will have to revisit this recipe soon and come up with more precise measurements and possibly using more generic rice."
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  • In a 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat oil or butter over low heat, stirring occasionally until melted.
  • Add rice and lime juice, stir for 1 minute.
  • Add water and salt, bring to a full rolling boil.(Some people have had success with 1 cup of water, but when I've made it with 2 it worked for me).
  • At boiling, cover, turn down to simmer over low heat until rice is tender and the water is absorbed, about 25 minutes.
  • Add in the cilantro and fluff rice with a fork.

Questions & Replies

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  1. barbthomas
    I think you would get more bang for the lime buck if you A. Zested the peeling and added it in B. added lime juice to rice after it's cooked. I have seen them do this at Chipotle.


  1. Megan B.
    Recipe is totally wrong. It's 1 cup of rice per 2 cups of water. 2/3 rice and 1 "or" 2 cups of water is absurd. 10 to 15 minutes should be sufficient time to cook the rice. Unless you rinse and soak your rice. Juice of 1 lime. But I've found that if you boil the lime juice it looses all the flavor. I add it last with the cilantro.
  2. Chuck_Roast
    I was waiting in line one day at Chipotles several years ago, and watched them make the rice. A huge bowl of cooked rice was tossed with a big spoon while a handful of salt, a squeze bottle of fresh lime juice and double handful of chopped cilantro was added. Pretty simple...
  3. agaladzhyan
    The secret to fluffy rice is 1 1/2 cups water for ever cup of rice. most recipes call for 2 cups water for every cup of rice but this overcooks it.
  4. slhommedieu
    5 stars only because I used my own common sense. The recipe is off, especially on the cooking time. Follow the package directions for cooking the rice. My basmati rice cooked in 11 minutes on the stove. No wonder so many people had gooey rice if they cooked it twice as long. Also the recipe says One Lime when it should be The Juice of One Lime. Do not add the whole lime!! I added 1/2 cup of rinsed black beans at the end.
  5. TiffanyN.
    FINALLY- a good cilantro-lime rice recipe!! I loved it! I used 1 1/2 C water after reading that some had success with one cup and others with 2, it was perfect...not too sticky and not under cooked. I also cut down the butter and used 1/2 tsp , and added the juice of 1 & 1/2 limes, 1/2 while cooking and the rest i added with the cilantro. It was excellent.


  1. Sam D.
    3 tbsp butter, melt it, add 2 cups of rice, stir for 1 minute, add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil, turn on low, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes. After that turn off heat, add a handful of salt, a generous helping of cilantro, and the juice from a couple limes. Don't try and make less or your family will yell at you. Mine is super mad at me tonight because I failed and made too little.
  2. Cruznv
    Flavour is awesome,just like Chipotle's Rice.. but like many other reviews, the rice is gooey. I used the instructions on my rice package, but substituted 1/4 cup of the water with 1/4 cup of the lime juice, but still came out gooey, not sure what the problem is....but I'm not giving up..maybe I'll try TiffanyN's idea, add only 1/2 the lime juice when cooking & the rest with the Cilantro at the end.
  3. Funred55
    I substituted a lot in this recipe, but only because I decided to use what I had on hand, rather than go to the store :p. I used Lemon juice instead of lime, and Parsley instead of cilantro. It came out very well, and reminded me a lot of Chipotle's rice. I'll have to try it again sometime with lime and Cilantro.
  4. Wildflower5150
    I really liked this recipe, it just might replace my usual mexican rice-a-roni, just as easy to make, but tastes way better. I used regular long grain (all I had) and instead of water, I used chicken broth, since it adds more flavor. The lime adds a really nice subtle taste.


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