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Cilantro Lime Rice

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Try this easy copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice with your next Mexican feast and enjoy a delicious and refreshing side dish with all your Mexican favorites! #monthlyingredientchallenge

 picCilantro lime rice is an easy and delicious side dish perfect for your next Mexican feast! And with only 3 ingredients it's sure to be a crowd pleaser!

As a person with such a deep seeded love for Mexican food it certainly took me absolute ages to try Chipotle for the first time.  Actually.  That’s not entirely true.  This one time in college, {don’t all the best stories start that way?} my best friend and I were visiting the big city and decided to try Chipotle for the very first time.  I don’t remember what I ordered but I do remember that I didn’t like it.  Not even a little bit.  Isn’t that sad?

After lots of trial and error I’m happy to report that I have since corrected this terrible mistake in judgement and am now currently obsessed with enjoy Chipotle quite a lot!  The more I spend try at Chipotle the more I want to recreate those same delicious tastes at home.  Food blogging is a hard job, y’all.  But someone’s got to do it 😉

Cilantro lime rice is an easy and delicious side dish perfect for your next Mexican feast! And with only 3 ingredients it's sure to be a crowd pleaser!

So, when I was invited to participate in a monthly ingredient challenge where the ingredient of the month was cilantro I knew I had to try my hand at that cilantro lime rice.  It’s the basis for my absolute faaaavorite Chipotle yumminess and now one of my favorite rice sides to throw together for any Mexican dish I’m making at home like my amazingly easy chicken enchiladas or pretty much anything I could make with these homemade tortillas.

This recipe was crazy simple.  You will want to make all of your Mexican dinners with this rice from now on once you realize how simple it is!  Its very easy to throw together last minute.  Use it as the base for your next at home Chipotle feast, alongside some tacos, or just pair it with black beans for a frugal but filling weeknight meal.  I wish I’d discovered ways to eat more frugally in college that did not involve Ramen or spaghetti…

Cilantro lime rice is an easy and delicious side dish perfect for your next Mexican feast! And with only 3 ingredients it's sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Do you love the idea of a monthly ingredient challenge?  Me too!  It’s the greatest mash up of my love of Food Network’s Chopped and my desire to try some different ingredients in my cooking.  This month we’re working with cilantro so pop over to see what my friends have invented with this awesome ingredient and make sure to come back next month to see how I’ve used our next mystery ingredient!

 Meaghan

Cilantro lime rice is an easy and delicious side dish perfect for your next Mexican feast! And with only 3 ingredients it's sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Cilantro Lime Rice

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rice, cooked
  • The juice of one lime
  • 2 tbs cilantro, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. After rice is cooked and water is absorbed, stir in the lime juice and cilantro.
  2. Topped with more cilantro for garnish if desired.
  3. To infuse the rice with more flavor add the juice of half a lime to the boiling water as it cooks.

 


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