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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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.