30 Minutes or Less/ Gluten Free/ Side Dish

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice {Copycat Recipe}

cilantro lime brown rice

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice, just like the fast food joint down the street. Use cilantro lime rice to make burrito bowls or as a side for fajitas and tacos.

Raise you hand if you’ve ever had Chipotle cilantro lime brown rice. Or heck, even if you’ve had their plain cilantro lime rice!

Well, a while back we used to go to that Mexican themed chain restaurant all the time. Like I knew my order when we walked in the door and I’m pretty sure I could order for the whole family.

But then, they started doing some misleading and not so farmer friendly marketing of their food sourcing facts that made this farm girl (and her husband) not so happy. So we quit visiting that franchise and now happily support Culvers, who has frozen custard for the win!

Now, giving up a chicken burrito bowl with pinto beans, cheddar, sour cream, corn AND mild salsa with a side of chips and guacamole to share is a hard endeavor.

But like most things in life, there’s a solution.

I’d just make my own darn Mexican chicken burrito bowls and I’d make them taste ever bit as good.

And so I did.

And then, when I was done with that, I made this cilantro lime brown rice.

Here’s the beauty in this side dish recipe…

You can make cilantro lime rice with brown rice, white rice, or even jasmine rice. So whatever you have, you can make it work for you.

Pssssstttt….you can even make this recipe with cauliflower rice.

cilantro lime brown rice


We use cooked rice in this recipe, so the cook time allows for 45 minutes to make your rice from scratch.

Here’s a tip for you…You can make brown rice in your slow cooker, buy frozen steam-able rice, or buy pre-made packets of rice. All three of these options are fabulous shortcuts.

Now that we’ve got our rice outta the way, we simply need to give it a fluff with a fork and add fresh lime juice, lime zest and cilantro to blend.

If you are anti-cilantro, stop hurling limes at your screen. I know from experience, people either love cilantro or hate it.

So whether you’re a person who LOVES the warm, spiced citrus flavor or HATES it because it tastes like dish soap, I get you, I really do!

I didn’t used to like it and now I do. Huh. Life if funny that way.

If you’re not on team cilantro, just swap out that ingredient for fresh parsley. It still gives a wonderful color and flavor and there’s no hard feelings, right???


I love to make steak burrito bowls, Crockpot Mexican shredded chicken, and sheet pan chicken fajitas with cilantro lime rice. This black bean tacos recipe is pretty amazing, too!

As a Tex Mex food lover, you can be sure I’ll be adding more ways you can use this side dish for your kitchen cooking benefit!

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Made with love,

cilantro lime brown rice
Yield: 6 servings

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

cilantro lime brown rice

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice, just like the fast food joint down the street. Use cilantro lime rice to make burrito bowls or as a side for fajitas and tacos.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 3 cups cooked rice*
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 3 Tbps fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  2. Fluff cooked rice with a fork and stir in fresh lime juice, lime zest, and cilantro until blended. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and serve immediately.


You can use white, brown, or jasmine rice. (Brown rice is shown in the recipe).

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 105Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 0gSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 2g

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  • Reply
    December 1, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Love this recipe! Perfect to pair with black beans and homemade salsa!

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    December 1, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    What a great way to jazz up brown rice.

  • Reply
    December 1, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    This is a super easy and delicious way to add flavors to simple white rice. 🙂

  • Reply
    December 1, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    SO GOOD! I always get the brown rice at Chipotle. Great to make it at home!

  • Reply
    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    December 1, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    I made your recipe for a gathering the other day and everyone kept asking for the recipe. It was totally a hit!

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