Meal Prep Mexican Sides

Copycat Chipotle Cilantro-Lime Rice

With just a few ingredients, you can have fresh, homemade cilantro-lime rice on your table in about 15 minutes! Why spend that money on takeout when you can save your coin with something even tastier?

A bowl of copycat chipotle cilantro-lime rice with a lime wedge on the side.

I’m coming after Chipotle today with this super tasty, copycat chipotle cilantro-lime rice. Sometimes, you just don’t want to spend that extra money on takeout. And in true Coined Cuisine fashion, I’m here to save your wallets and your tastebuds!

How to Make Chipotle-Style Cilantro-Lime Rice

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 (plus water). 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. 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.


What type of rice do I use for cilantro-lime rice?

Any long-grain rice works well. I’ve used jasmine, basmati, and even parboiled rice. Just be sure to be mindful of the rice/water ratios.

Can I use refrigerated lime juice?

Although I recommend fresh for the best flavor, you can use the jarred stuff in a pinch.

What type of cilantro works best for this recipe?

Fresh cilantro is the best for this side dish. The ground stuff found in the spice aisle won’t give you the type of flavor you need. You can find fresh cilantro in the produce aisle!

Other Mexican-Themed Recipes

Creamy 5-Minute Homemade Guacamole

5-Minute Chunky Homemade Salsa

Crispy Chipotle Chicken Tacos

A bowl of copycat chipotle cilantro-lime rice with a lime wedge on the side.

Copycat Cilantro-Lime Rice

Shani W.
This copycat cilantro lime rice tastes just like the Chipotle version, only fresher & for half the cost! All you need is a few ingredients and about 15 minutes of your time.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 ½ cups long-grain rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tsp. vegetable bouillon
  • 1 ct. lime juiced
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped


  • Add the long-grain rice, water, and bouillon seasoning to a large pot, then bring the mixture to a rolling boil.
  • Once it begins boiling, turn the heat down to low, cover pot with a tight-fitting lid, and cook for 15-18 minutes until fluffy.
  • Turn off the heat. While the rice is still warm, add your chopped cilantro and lime juice. Season with any additional salt to your preference.
  • Fluff rice to combine all ingredients. Enjoy!
Keyword chipotle copycat, cilantro-lime rice, Easy Sides, Meal Prep, One-Bowl

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A bowl of copycat chipotle cilantro-lime rice with a lime wedge on the side.

The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $0.17
  • Total Cost (8 servings): $1.34
  • Those Other Guys: $2.99 a serving

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