How to Cook Rice Like Chipotle Mexican Grill

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Anyone who has ever eaten at Chipotle Mexican Grill knows that the rice is a key element in what makes the food so good. The cilantro-lime rice featured at the restaurant is easy to recreate at home with just a few fresh ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp lemon/lime juice
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
Fresh cilantro is a key ingredient in Chipotle's rice recipe.
Fresh cilantro is a key ingredient in Chipotle's rice recipe. (Image: CRP photo)

Step 1

Wash and rinse the rice until the water runs clear. Use a sieve for best results. Let the water run through the rice while moving it around with your fingers.

How to Cook Rice Like Chipotle Mexican Grill
How to Cook Rice Like Chipotle Mexican Grill (Image: CRP photo)

Step 2

Cook the rice in the traditional manner. Use 3 cups of water for 2 cups of rice. Add the bay leaf. Put a lid on the pot, and bring the water and rice to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes. As soon as the rice is done cooking, remove the bay leaf, add the vegetable oil and fluff with a fork. Allow the rice to sit for 5 to 7 minutes before proceeding.

How to Cook Rice Like Chipotle Mexican Grill
How to Cook Rice Like Chipotle Mexican Grill (Image: CRP photo)

Step 3

While the rice is cooking, give your cilantro a rough chop. Use mostly leaves, but some stems are acceptable.

How to Cook Rice Like Chipotle Mexican Grill
How to Cook Rice Like Chipotle Mexican Grill (Image: CRP photo)

Step 4

Move the rice from the pot to a mixing bowl. Add the cilantro first and mix to prevent it from clumping with the other ingredients. Add the salt and juice, give it a good mix and taste.

How to Cook Rice Like Chipotle Mexican Grill
How to Cook Rice Like Chipotle Mexican Grill (Image: CRP photo)

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