Chipotle Knockoff Cilantro Lime Rice

Knockoff chipotle cilantro lime rice- this is the easiest, most delicious recipe ever!

One of our absolute favorite restaurants is Chipotle- we love their burritos, burrito bowls, and all of their fillings. One of my kids absolute favorite things from Chipotle though is their rice- the slightly sweet, buttery, cilantro and lime packed delicious rice that they make so well. Today I am sharing my favorite new technique for making a Chipotle Knockoff Cilantro Lime Rice–  and it’s incredibly quick and easy!

Now, this won’t cut down on our frequent trips (I dont care how similar my foods tastes- there is just nothing compared to fresh Chipotle burritos that I don’t have to cook)- but it can help my kids satisfy their love for their rice in between trips!

knockoff chipotle cilantro lime rice- this recipe is the best I've found!


Chipotle Knockoff Cilantro Lime Rice
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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup diced cilantro, divided
  • 1 oz lime juice + 1 teaspoon
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  1. In a large, heavy pan, melt butter on high.
  2. Add in ½ cilantro and lime juice.
  3. Cook until butter is foamy, add rice.
  4. Stir rice and let butter absorb, slightly toasting the rice.
  5. Add water and turn heat to high.
  6. When water is boiling, reduce heat to low and cover.
  7. Let sit 20 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  8. Remove from heat and let "steam", 20 minutes.
  9. Fluff rice with fork and add 1 tsp lime juice and second ½ cilantro.
  10. Serve!


Chipotle style rice- this delicious cilantro rice tastes just like chipotles and is so easy to make!

10 thoughts on “Chipotle Knockoff Cilantro Lime Rice”

  1. Former Chipotle manager here- cooking the butter and cilantro is an unnecessary step and will ruin the brightness of the cilantro. Just cook the rice abd toss it with salt, a teeny bit of soy oil, 50/50 lemon and lime juice and cilantro. Keep it simple!

  2. This rice looks delicious! We featured you at The Project Stash. Stop by and pick up your featured button! I can’t wait to see how you used your stash this week

  3. This rice looks so yummy! What a wonderful side. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Hope to see you again.

  4. Oh yum! This cilantro lime recipe looks delicious! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  5. I am obsessed with Chipotle burrito bowls but my wallet doesn’t appreciate the frequent trips…can’t wait to try this rice at home! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

  6. Oh how I love Chipolte’s rice! I will have to try your version. I have tried other copy cat recipes that did not taste (nor looked) like Chipolte’s version at all. Yours looks like the real deal! Thanks for sharing!

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