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Chipotle Style Cilantro Lime Brown Rice Recipe

by Jeanette on January 15, 2014 · 14 Comments
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This Chipotle Style Cilantro Lime Brown Rice is a versatile whole grain side dish. Enjoy it with beans, with chili ladled on top, Mexican style chicken, in burritos, or stirred into black bean soup.
Chipotle Style Cilantro Lime Brown Rice
Have you ever eaten at Chipotle Mexican Grill? It’s a restaurant chain that serves semi-fast Mexican food made largely with sustainable ingredients. Due to their fast growth, they are currently challenged with finding additional sources of meats that are antibiotic and hormone free, organic and local produce, and dairy products without synthetic hormones.

As a business, there’s also the balance between profit and cost of ingredients too, so I think Chipotle is trying to find a sweet spot for the consumer who wants to support the environment and eat cleaner food and is willing to pay for higher quality ingredients.

Chipotle Style Cilantro Lime Brown Rice
Today’s recipe for Chipotle Style Cilantro Lime Brown Rice is a homemade version of Chipotle’s rice that’s served with their burritos and burrito bowls. Mildly seasoned with bay leaf, cilantro and lime juice, it is a versatile side dish that will go well with chili, alongside beans, or stirred into Cuban Black Bean Soup.

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grain brown rice
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 6 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

  1. Rinse brown rice well and drain. Place in rice cooker along with water, olive oil, bay leaf and salt. Cook on brown rice setting. Before serving, sprinkle with lime juice and toss gently with cilantro.
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Comments

  1. This rice looks so festive! I’m always looking for a way to spice up rice and i know cilantro and limes are a great combo!

    • Thanks Layla – this is a great healthy side dish to have in the refrigerator – this makes quite a bit, so I use it throughout the week.

  2. My husband loves the cilantro rice at Chipotle, thanks for sharing such an easy homemade brown rice version. It looks wonderful and sounds really tasty! Thanks again Jeanette, my husband will be so happy – pinning and can’t wait to try making this :)

  3. I haven’t been to chipotle in FOREVER though I do love their food. So glad I can make their rice at home now!

    • Joanne – my kids love Chipotle – they don’t get to go very often, but the burrito bowl is my oldest son’s favorite.

  4. Hi Jeanette – love all your recipes! I learned a great tip on cooking brown rice on the stove. Toast the rice in a dry pot that you will cook it in. While you’re toasting the rice, put some water in your tea kettle to boil. After the rice is toasted and smelling nutty, add the corresponding amount of boiling water to the pot of rice, turn down to simmer and cover. Will be so fluffy and delish in about 20 minutes!

  5. Where and when do you use the bay leaf ?

    • Hi Seb, thanks for catching that – the bay leaf is added when the rice is cooked. I’ve fixed the recipe. Thank you!

  6. That isn’t much water for the amount of rice you are using. Is that ratio correct?

  7. I don’t have a rice cooker. How do I adapt this for the stove top?

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