The Oilfield Cafe: Copy-Cat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice


It’s no secret among my friends and family that I am addicted to Pinterest. I’ve got more than my fair share of recipes, decorating ideas, kids tips, and funny pictures pinned to my boards. Of the recipes that I’ve pinned, I’ve made a few with some success. My hands-down ¬†favorite? The copy-cat Chipotle cilantro lime rice that I made last night. Chipotle is one of my favorite places on this big round earth to eat, so I knew I’d be trying this recipe out the moment I laid eyes on it. Thank God that it’s across town or I’d be too big to fit in the front seat of my Ford Fiesta!

I know what you’re thinking. “It’s just rice. What is she getting so excited about? You can’t make a meal out of it!” ¬†(Well, you might not be able to. I’m pretty sure I could!) Just think of the things you could pair it with! We used the rice as a bottom layer for shrimp tacos with some shredded cheese and sour cream. (Hubby likes re-fried beans on his. Eww.) I also have a site with other Chipotle copy-cat recipes pinned and hope to be able to make those amazing burritos in my own kitchen! Now that I think of it, that might not be such a great thing….

Anyway, here’s the rundown on ingredients:

1 tsp Vegetable Oil

2 tbsp fresh cilantro

Juice from 1 lime (I’m lazy and just used 2 tbsp of bottled lime juice. If using bottled is against your cooking religion, go for the fresh lime.)

1 cup Basmati rice (I used regular white rice and it turned out fine.)

2 cups water

Salt to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp)


See? Nothing fancy. Now here’s how to throw it together:

-In a 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat oil until hot.

-Add rice and lime juice, stir for 1 minute.

-Add water and salt, bring to a full rolling boil.

-At boiling, cover, turn down to simmer over low for 20 minutes.

-Take off heat for 15 minutes without removing lid. When ready to serve, throw in Cilantro and mix lightly with a fork just until blended.

**Please note that your times may vary from the recipe. I’m pretty sure my stove is on steroids so it only took about 13 minutes to cook the rice. Just keep a check on the rice to keep it from burning.

***Disclaimer: I wanted to give credit to the original poster of this recipe, but the link is no longer live and I could not find him/her. Whoever this person is, I wish I could hug them and bake them cookies.***


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About Jaimie

Jaimie is 26 years old, wife of five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 4 and Justin, 1. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter or on her blog, Education of an Oilfield Wife!

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