Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice (Copycat Recipe) Fitnessnacks

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Make restaurant-worthy Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice at home with our easy Copycat Recipe. Four simple ingredients for big flavor!

This homemade cilantro lime rice recipe is so easy to make and the perfect side to build bowls, burritos, tacos and more. Save money and time!

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This post was originally published on August 21, 2021.

We are huge rice lovers and make it weekly as part of our component meals (different meal parts put together to make different meals!). This Chipotle cilantro lime rice version mixes it up with flavor and is so good!


The light and fresh flavors are the perfect match for so many foods. Use this recipe for cilantro lime rice from Chipotle as a base for taco bowls, as a filling for burritos, or as a side for fajitas!

Here is what you need:

  • Rice
  • Cilantro
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Sea salt 

Bowls with cilantro, rice, lime juice and salt on a light wooden surface

What to Serve With Cilantro Lime Rice

As mentioned above, this rice can be served as a side dish, or as part of another recipe. Try it with any of these:

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Preparation Tips

  • Add in extra flavor and nutrition by mixing in onions, peppers, or garlic.
  • Make it spicy! Sprinkle in some cayenne, chipotle, or chili powder.
  • Pick your favorite rice. Make this recipe for chipotle cilantro lime rice with brown rice, basmati, or white rice.
  • Use previously cooked, even frozen rice to save time!
  • Add the cilantro, lime, and salt to taste. You can always add more, but you can’t take away.

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Store leftovers (or make it ahead for meal prep!) in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • You can also seal in a freezer safe airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat by adding a splash of water to the rice and microwave for 1-2 minutes until heated through.

Common Questions

How do you make rice like Chipotle?

Mix lime juice, fresh cilantro, and salt into cooked rice. Learn more details about how to make rice from Chipotle in the post above.

What is the rice in a burrito?

It depends on the burrito! Sometimes it’s as simple as white rice. Many taco shops use Mexican rice, and Chipotle uses cilantro lime rice.

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Bowl filled with chopped cilantro and rice mix and sliced limes.

Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice (Copycat Recipe)

Sophia DeSantis

Make restaurant-worthy Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice at home with our easy Copycat Recipe. Four simple ingredients for big flavor!


Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 30 mins

Total Time 35 mins

Course Side Dish

Cuisine Mexican

Servings 4

Calories 112 kcal


US CustomaryMetric



  • 2 cups cooked brown , basmati or white rice, use frozen rice for fast and easy
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 – 4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ – ¾ teaspoon sea salt , see note


  • Cook your rice using package instructions, or use frozen rice for an easy option.

  • Combine all ingredients together. Taste and add more cilantro, lime and salt if preferred.

  • Serve alone or as part of a meal!


  • Add more or less cilantro, lime and salt to meet your preference.

Recipe by Veggies Don’t Bite, visit our site for more great plant-based recipes.


Calories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 132mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 72IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition and metric information should be considered an estimate.

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