Cilantro Lime Rice

This is hands down the best Cilantro Lime Rice recipe! Made with fresh ingredients, it’s super simple to make and perfect for taco night!

cilantro lime rice in white bowl served with lime wedges

If you enjoy Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice, you’ll enjoy this one even better! Perfect for a side dish or along side or topped on your favorite tacos.

close up shot of cilantro lime rice in white bowl with fresh cilantro on top

We do taco night a little different around here! I start with Steak Tacos (recipe coming soon!), fresh pico de gallo, Jalapeno Ranch (recipe coming soon!), Mexican Street Corn and this Cilantro Lime Rice recipe. I’ll lay cheese, sour cream and diced tomatoes along side tortilla chips and street taco shells for a delicious dinner that’s perfect for Taco Tuesday!

Now you may be asking yourself “How in the hell does she make all that?”…I literally dump the steak on a sheet pan and pop it into the oven while I’m working the rice and the corn on the stove.

I will admit, there’s quite a bit to clean up afterwards, but the rule in my house is, if I make it, I don’t clean it up. Somehow, I still manage to move dishes from the sink to the dishwasher and hand wash what is needed, but, at this point, I’ll take any help I can get. Single. Mom. Life.


what kind of rice is best for cilantro lime rice?

You can use any variety that you have on hand. Brown rice, long grain white rice and basmati rice are what is typically used. If you only have boxed white rice, you can use that as well as that’s what I typically have on hand.

ingredients for cilantro lime rice

ingredients for chipotle lime rice

  • White Rice
  • Limes
  • Cilantro

how to make cilantro lime rice

white rice in large pan

Step 1 – Cook the rice. I do 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Then add 3 cups of white rice, remove from the heat and cover. Allow the rice to absorb the water for 10-15 minutes and then fluff with a fork.

Step 2 – Zest & Juice the limes! Next, zest two limes with a zester. Once you see the “white” part of the lime, rotate and zest a new spot. Repeat until the lime has been completely zested. Cut the limes in half and add the lime juice to the rice.

hand holding zester and lime zested

Step 3 – Cilantro! Add the freshly chopped cilantro to the rice and stir until completely combined. If the rice is a little dry, you can add a tablespoon or olive oil.

white bowl full of chipotle lime rice

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