Chipotle’s Rice Recipe

If you are as huge a fan of Chipotle as my family is…you will definitely want to try this recipe.

Chipotle has been my favorite restaurant since…like forever. It is also my daughter’s favorite restaurant, and she is the pickiest eater I know. My husband eats there everyday for lunch and my son asks to go there every week.

We all prepare our meals a bit differently but we all agree that the white rice is the best we have ever tasted! Needless to say, I had to figure out Chipotle’s rice recipe. Was there a secret ingredient? What makes it so addictive? It’s actually a very simple recipe that my friend shared with me, and after I made a few adjustments to it, I think it is pretty darn close to Chipotle’s rice.

How to Make Rice Like Chipotle

Chipotle Rice-3Here is what you will need to make this copycat version of Chipotle’s white rice.

Chipotle Rice-4


  • 1 cup basmati rice, you could also use long grain, but I recommend basmati
  • 1/2 lime (juice of)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil

In a small heavy pot, add rice, water, 1 tsp oil, and salt. Boil on high until most of the water evaporates, approximately 5 minutes.

Tip: If you want a less sticky rice, rinse it in water prior to cooking. To do this, put rice in a sieve and run cold water over in until water runs clear.

Chipotle Rice-1When the water just skims the top of the rice, reduce to low and cover approximately 12- 15 minutes. If you like firmer rice, cook for 12 minutes, and for softer rice closer to 15 minutes. Shut off flame and keep covered an additional 5 minute.

Chipotle Rice-2In a medium bowl, combine chopped cilantro, lime juice, and remaining oil.

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chipotle riceAdd rice and toss until completely mixed. What do you think? I think the vegetable oil is the secret ingredient. I for one had never added vegetable oil to my cooked rice. I add olive oil to the water, and butter to the cooked rice but never oil to the cooked rice. Enjoy, drop me a line if you try it and let me know what you think.

Feel free to Pin this recipe for later…because I know you will love it!



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