Chipotle Rice Recipe

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Bowl of Chipotle Lime Rice
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If you are a fan of Chipotle and their rice, this Copycat Chipotle Rice recipe is for you! White rice with fresh lime zest, juice and of course cilantro is all that you need. Now you will be able to make restaurant-style rice at home!

wooden bowl filled with cilantro rice recipe served with lime slices and cilantro

This Copycat Chipotle Rice recipe is one that is fool proof with a end result of fluffy and soft rice that’s packed full of lime and cilantro flavors, just like your favorite restaurant!

Chipotle Rice

This copycat recipe starts with fluffy white rice. You can use whatever rice you prefer, white or brown. The flavors come from the lime juice, lime zest and the cilantro. We often serve this chipotle rice along side our Mexican Street Corn Baked Potatoes!

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Quick and easy side dish
  • The flavors are just like the rice you’ll find at Chipotle
  • Simple ingredients: rice, lime and cilantro is all you need
  • Can be used as a base of a “bowl”, in a taco or simply as a side dish
vertical close up shot of cilantro rice with limes and topped with chopped cilantro

Tips For Rice

  • If your rice is a bit dry, add a tablespoon or two of olive oil.
  • Short grain rice, like a minute rice, often clumps together very easily. Our recipe developer uses equal amounts of water and rice when preparing short grain rice.
  • A long grain rice, like a jasmine or basmati is a more firm rice that has a dry texture and is perfect for recipes like this.

How to Zest a Lime

Begin by washing the lime and dry.

Using a zester, grate the zest rotating once you begin to see the white part of the lime. This is often bitter and you don’t want to add. Continue grating and rotating until all the zest of the lime has been added.

ingredients for chipotle rice

Ingredients for Chipotle Rice

  • Rice
  • Limes
  • Cilantro
  • Bay leaf (optional)

If you choose to use a bay leaf, you can place in the boiling water before adding the rice to the pan. This will give the rice a more earthy flavor. Our recipe developer has made this copycat rice recipe both ways. And you can’t really tell a difference in the flavors.

How to Make Chipotle Rice Recipe at Home

white rice cook in pan

Cook the rice according to the package instructions.

hand holding lime zested over zester

Zest your lime and then juice it.

lime zest and cilantro added to white rice in pan

Place the chopped cilantro in the pan.

cilantro and lime zest mixed into white rice in pan

Stir to combine, and enjoy!

How To Store Leftover Rice

You can either place in a freezer Ziploc bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. You’ll want to thaw as needed in the refrigerator. If you want to use leftovers for a quick lunch, place in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Chipotle Rice

If you are a fan of Chipotle and their rice, this Chipotle Rice recipe is for you! White rice with fresh lime zest, juice and of course cilantro is all that you will need.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings6 servings


  • 3 c rice cooked
  • 2 limes zested and juiced
  • ½ c cilantro chopped


  • Once the rice has cooked through, add lime juice, lime zest and cilantro.
  • Stir until combined.


NOTE: Depending on how much water your rice soaked up you can add olive oil so that the rice doesn’t stick together. You’ll want to add about a tablespoon at a time.


Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired
Calories: 345
Keyword: Chipotle Rice
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