Do you know what one of the most requested fast food copycat recipes is?

Chipotle rice.

chipotle rice recipe copycat

That yummy, fluffy, white rice loaded with rich Mexican flavors of lime and cilantro.

Luckily, it’s probably the easiest fast food recipe to replicate- and not so bad on the health scale either, especially if you swap in brown rice.

First you have to know how to cook rice to give it that great restaurant quality texture. This isn’t the time time for instant, 5 minute, or boil-in-bag rice. It’s time for the real deal. I promise it’s worth it.

brown basmati rice

The traditional method to cook rice is to match the liquid to rice ratio of 2-1.5 to 1; bring to a boil; then simmer until the water is absorbed, often up to an hour.

It works fine, but you often end up with wet, heavy, gummy rice. No way you’re matching Chipotle’s style with that.

Instead, try this:

How to Cook Fluffy Rice {without a rice cooker}

It’s as easy as spaghetti! Bring a pot of water to boil. Add desired rice quantity. Boil uncovered for 40 minutes. Drain rice {just enough to get rid of excess water- don’t try to completely drain.} So far it’s just like cooking pasta.

Put rice back in pot and cover. Let sit off the heat for 10 minutes. The final 10 minutes allows the rice to steam in the remaining moisture. When it’s done, you’ll have fluffy, light, airy, rice- even when making the traditionally heavier brown rice. Easy!

how to cook brown rice

Now that you know how to cook rice perfectly, let’s make it Chipotle style. Like I said, beyond easy.

I like to use brown basmati rice for this recipe, but if you must, go ahead and use white basmati rice.

Cilantro Lime Rice | Chipotle Rice

by Heather Neal

Keywords: entree side vegan vegetarian Southwest Mexican


  • 1 cup cooked brown basmati rice
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp salt


Mix all ingredients together and serve.

See above for the best method of how to cook brown basmati rice.

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