This version of Cilantro Lime Rice promises more flavor per bite than your average rice dish!
I love Chipotle. Apparently a lot of other people do, too, because I keep seeing copycat Chipotle recipes all over the internet.
I feel in love with Chipotle the first time I ate there. It’s a decent option for anyone eating GF, but what I really love most are the bold flavors. The spicy salsa is truly spicy! When I took a few bites of my first Chiptole taco and then had to drink some water because of the heat/spice I was a happy girl.
Maybe not everyone loves the hot salsa at Chipotle, but it seems that everyone loves the cilantro lime rice. After making my first copycat cilantro lime rice recipe a while ago (it must have been at least a year ago, but I can’t say for sure) I’ve been making it as a side for almost every Mexican-ish meal we have.
Since I can hardly stick to a written out recipe my version of cilantro lime rice has morphed from those copycat recipes. I no longer add oil to the rice – it seems unnecessary for having a good end result. I’ve also increased the lime juice and cilantro. I’m all about eating foods full of flavor and this rice is no exception.
As a side dish, cilantro lime rice is so much more interesting than plain rice. As a filling for burritos and tacos (or in taco bowls that I posted a picture of on Monday) this will add a whole new flavor into the mix!
Cilantro Lime RiceIngredients
- 1 c rice (white or brown)
- 2 c water
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 Tbs lime juice
- 1/4 c fresh, chopped cilantro
- salt (optional)
- Put the rice and water in a medium sauce. Set the bay leaves gently on top of the water and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the water has absorbed and the rice is cooked. About 20-30 minutes for white rice, and about 45 minutes for brown rice.
- For best results, turn the burner off and let the pan sit on the burner, covered, for an additional 30 min.
- Stir the lime juice and cilantro into the rice. Seasoning with salt, if desired.
- Serve as a side dish or for a burrito or taco filling.