Lunch Meal Prep Mexican One Bowl/One Pan

Copycat Chipotle Cilantro-Lime Rice

copycat chipotle cilantro lime rice

I’m coming after Chipotle today with this super tasty, copycat chipotle cilantro-lime rice. Sometimes, I just don’t want to spend that extra money on takeout.

I feel like every fast-casual Mexican chain has one or two things they do really well. One doesn’t really have good food but has amazing spicy queso. One gives you the best bang for your buck with a huge bag of chips + salsa for free. And Chipotle, our inspiration for today, really knows how to flavor their food – I love the hint of lime in their rice and on their tortilla chips!

Well have no fear, Coined Cuisine is here to save your wallets once again. This copycat Chipotle cilantro-lime rice tastes just like the restaurant version, only fresher! The best part is it is super easy to make with only four ingredients. The longest part of the process is actually cooking the rice – and it holds together so well for leftovers.

If you don’t have a rice cooker, don’t be intimidated! My foolproof method will ensure perfect fluffy rice in a normal pot every time. I say save your kitchen storage space for gadgets that you need, and we’re going to make sure you don’t need that one. Also, I’ve had some people use microwave rice as a shortcut and it still tastes great! I’m all about efficiency, so whatever works best for your kitchen.

I love making a big pot of this on Sunday to meal prep for the week; try it in my spicy shrimp burrito bowls, serve alongside your next taco night, or even a freezer-friendly breakfast burrito if you’re feeling fancy. It also works well as a side dish for your next Taco Night.

Copycat Cilantro-Lime Rice

Shani W.
This copycat cilantro lime rice tastes just like the Chipotle version, only fresher & for half the cost!
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 servings


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 2 ct. limes juiced
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil


  • Add 3 and 1/2 cups of water to a large pot with a bit of salt and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Pour rice into boiling water and stir. Turn heat down to low, cover pot with a tight-fitting lid, and cook for about 15 minutes until fluffy.
  • Turn off heat. While rice is still warm, add finely chopped cilantro, lime juice, and olive oil. Season with salt to your preference.
  • Fluff rice to combine all ingredients. Enjoy!
Keyword Meal Prep, One-Bowl
copycat chipotle cilantro lime rice

The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $0.11
  • Total Cost (10 servings): $1.14
  • Those Other Guys: $0.90 a serving

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