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A pile of cilantro lime Mexican Rice on a dark plate with a lime wedge and cilantro on top and a silver fork next to the plate

Cilantro Lime Mexican Rice Like Chipolte’s

A fresh, bright, spicy and delicious rice recipe like Chipolte’s! Only 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make!!
2.63 from 8 votes
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Course: Entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Linda & Alex


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon sea salt salt to taste
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 large lime juiced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and finely chopped (See Note)


  • In a fine mesh colander, rinse the rice twice to remove excess starch. See the content above to learn more.
  • Add the rice and salt to a medium sauce pan, then pour the boiling water in the pan. Bring to a boil then cover and reduce the heat to a low simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep covered for 5 more minutes.
  • Stir in the cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice until fully combined.
  • Enjoy!


If you don’t like spicy food, leave the pepper out or put half of it in the rice. The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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