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Cilantro Lime Rice

This Cilantro Lime Rice is a simple and easy Mexican side dish that's great with fajitas, tacos and burrito bowls just like Chiptole! Make this recipe with brown rice for a healthy substitute. Either way it's gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan.
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 162kcal
Author: Isabel Eats


  • 2 cups broth, vegetable or chicken (you can also use water)
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 tablespoons warm water


  • In a medium saucepan or deep skillet over medium-high heat, add the broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in rice and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15-18 minutes, until rice is cooked through and all the water has been absorbed.
  • Remove rice from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork.
  • Add cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, and water to cooked rice. Gently mix together and serve.


Don't forget to rinse the rice. Rinsing the rice removes some of the starch, making it less sticky and clumpy.
Leftover rice can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-6 days.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 300mg13%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.6mg