Cilantro Lime Rice in a bowl

Cilantro Lime Rice

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

This copycat version of Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice tastes just like the restaurant version! Serve it as a side to chicken, steak or pork or use it in taco bowls or burritos!



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste or chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Add the oil to a medium size pot or dutch oven. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until softened, then stir in the garlic paste or chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir the rice, salt and cumin into the onions and garlic and let toast, while stirring for 5 minutes until slightly golden in color.
  3. Pour in the chicken broth and water, stir, then cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. Add the lime juice, lime zest and chopped cilantro to the rice, fluff with a fork and serve.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American