Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice is the perfect side dish for your favorite Tex-Mex and Mexican recipes.

Easy and tasty cilantro lime rice iWork's great with your favorite Tex-Mex and Mexican main dishes. Inspired by the many Cafe Rio copycats.

Rice is one of my staple sides. It’s cheap, fairly easy to cook, even if I still manage to mess it up once in awhile, and easy to customize.

One thing I do a lot of is copycat recipes, in fact I have two or three more planned for this month, especially for restaurants that aren’t anywhere near me.

Cafe Rio is one of those restaurants. The closest one is several hours away in Virginia, however I would probably visit a Southern California location before I made it to Virginia.

The first time I tried a a copycat Cafe Rio recipe about eight years ago. I made the sweet pork barbacoa and boy howdy was it sweet. After tweaking the recipe a bit it became a family favorite.

For a long time I stuck with just that dish. But a few months ago I decided to finally try some new recipes. I prepared the shredded chicken first and it was delicious. Then I made cilantro lime rice next.


I wasn’t at all certain if I would like the final dish because I am not the biggest cilantro or lime fan. I know, I know- why would I want to make a recipe that I don’t love the two main flavors? Call me a glutton for punishment, I suppose.

I made the rice to go with chicken tacos and refried beans. It was just the right thing to make. The lime and cilantro added a bit of freshness and brightness to counteract the heavier flavors of the beans. The cilantro lime rice wasn’t overpowering, either.

Serve with smothered beef burritos, chips, and pico de gallo for restaurant flavors at home for a fraction of the cost.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Author Micha @Cookin' Mimi


  • 2 cups white rice
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth or water
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or oil
  • salt to taste
  • The juice of half a lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Combine everything but the lime juice and cilantro in a medium saucepan with a lid
  2. Bring to a boil over moderate heat
  3. Reduce heat and cover
  4. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes
  5. Pour lime juice over rice and sprinkle with cilantro
  6. Fluff with a fork to mix

Easy and yummy cilantro lime rice is ready in 25 minutes.

What are your favorite copycat recipes?

31dayscookingathome475 This post is part of 31 Days of Cooking at Home 

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