Chipotle Rice Recipe – Cilantro Lime Rice

Rice is generally one of the blandest foods you can find, but not at Chipotle! The light, citrusy flavors of the mixed with the savory hint of cilantro makes for a perfect side or base for any Mexican-inspired meal. And while Chipotle is more transparent about its ingredients than most restaurants, there’s no way of knowing exactly what’s in the Cilantro Lime Rice they sell in stores. However, I’ve gotten as close as possible to the restaurant’s version with this copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice recipe.

Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

Serves Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
6 5 min 10 min 15 min

Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice RecipeChipotle’s white and brown rice are not flavored any different from each other – they are both cilantro lime, so you can choose which kind you’d rather make. This is a super simple recipe with clean, healthy ingredients. I always recommend using fresh herbs, lemon, and lime with this recipe. You can tell the difference between dried seasonings and bottled juices. If you’re going to take the time to make this at home, you might as well invest in the best ingredients. With that being said, you won’t regret taking a few minutes out of your day to recreate Chipotle Cilantro Lime rice with this recipe. Salud!

Cilantro Lime Rice Ingredients

  • 1 cup extra long grain rice or basmati rice (white rice or brown rice)
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp cilantro, freshly chopped
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Boil water, long grain or basmati rice, one tablespoon oil, and salt in a medium pot.
  2. When most of the water has been absorbed, set the stovetop on low heat and cover the pot. Let simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. While the rice is cooking, prepare the lime and lemon juice.
  4. Chop cilantro and bay leaf.
  5. Combine all remaining ingredients – lime juice, lemon juice, cilantro, bay leaf, and rice in a bowl.
  6. Serve alongside a main dish or combine with burritos, burrito bowl, tacos, etc.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers.


Per serving (about 3/4 cup)

Calories 194
Total Fat 3.5g
Sodium 280mg
Carbs 35.5g
Sugars 0.1g
Protein 3g


  • Feel free to customize the recipe however you’d like! Some people have told me they like a stronger lime flavor, so you can always use additional lime juice. If you want a more savory, herb-focused side dish, add more cilantro.
  • If you don’t want to make your Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice, you can also make this recipe in a rice cooker or crockpot. I love using my rice cooker at home – it makes the rice perfectly fluffy and slightly sticky – perfect for forming a burrito or stuffing a taco.
  • If you don’t like cilantro, you can add parsley to the recipe instead.

Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe FAQs

What are readers asking about the new Cilantro Lime Rice Chipotle recipe? If you’ve got questions, check out a few of our most frequently asked questions.

What is Chipotle rice made of?

Chipotle Cilantro Lime rice is made out of long grain or basmati rice – it can be made out of white rice or brown rice. The rice recipe also features lime juice, lemon juice, cilantro, salt, olive oil, and 1 bay leaf.

Does Chipotle put oil in their rice?

At the restaurant, Chipotle uses rice bran oil to cook their rice. In this rice recipe, I recommend olive or vegetable oil because they are both normal household items that you can use for other recipes.

Does Chipotle have rice without cilantro?

While Chipotle does not have white rice or brown rice pre-prepared without cilantro, you may be able to ask the workers to make some for you. Just be prepared to wait for it or to be told “no.” However, if you make our version of Chipotle Cilantro Lime rice, you can simply leave out the 3 tablespoons of freshly chopped cilantro, and the recipe will still work.

Stay tuned for more Chipotle recipes, like their famous chicken (coming soon!).

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1 Comment

  1. Connie Simpson says:

    Chipotle rice recipe calls for 3 tablespoons olive oil, yet you only use 1 tablespoon when cooking the rice… where are the other 2 tablespoons used?

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