Mar 6, 2009

Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice



 

I am a huge fan of the rice at Chipotle's. Here is my copycat version, it tastes just like the real thing. Of course, I used less oil. Makes a wonderful side dish for chicken, beef or pork.

Make your own burrito bowl, with my quick black bean recipe, barbacoa beef, sweet barbacoa pork, pork carnitas, chicken ropa vieja.


Chipotle's "Skinny" Cilantro Lime Rice
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes 
Servings: 4 Size: 3/4 cup  Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 201.0 • Fat: 3.4 • Carbs: 37.4 • Fiber: 0 • Protein: 4.0 g

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup extra long grain rice or basmati rice
  • 1/2 lime, juice of
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil
Directions:

In a small heavy pot, add rice, water, 1 tsp oil and salt. Boil on high until most of the water evaporates. When the water just skims the top of the rice, reduce to low and cover about 15 minutes. Shut off flame and keep covered an additional 5 minute.

In a medium bowl, combine chopped cilantro, lime juice, rice and remaining oil and toss until completely mixed.

231 comments :

  1. Looks delicious, Gina! Great work!

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  2. making this tonight to eat with steak!

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  3. Yummy. Always looking for Mexican type sides to serve w/ mex food main dishes.

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  4. I got all excited thinking this had chipoles in it. lol. Still looks great though. I love lime.

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  5. How yummy! I love their rice too. I will have to try this recipe. Thanks!

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  6. I love chipotle and that rice is incredible!! Thanks for your at home version!!

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  7. Didn't know Chipotle's rice could be made this easily at home! Are you able to whip up any of their other burritos with less calories???

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  8. I usually get the same thing, chicken burrito bowl. Yum! I will have to try!

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  9. oooh, yay!! we LOVE chipotle's rice. cant wait to try it out! thank you!!

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  10. That must have a lovely taste, I'm a big fan of cilantro.

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  11. this was delicious,nice flavoring!

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  12. We do something very similar because we have always loved Chipotle's food. (It is pretty easy to do a copycat version at home if you have the rice.) We find that a tsp of sugar mixed in with the lime juice makes it even more authentic to the Chipotle taste. Thanks for posting!

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  13. Emily the cooking mama10/6/09, 9:30 AM

    This is such a great comparison to Chipotle's. I eat this with the Santa Fe Chicken. Although, I think I could just eat this by itself. It is wonderful!!! Thanks Gina!

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  14. Yes, love this rice, I need to make this again really soon!

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  15. Loved the rice! It is a nice change from plain white rice or Mexican rice. Will be making this again soon! Thank you for these wonderful recipes, I am now planning my menu from this site!!!

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  16. pinebeltgirl12/15/09, 7:12 PM

    This was GREAT!! I made it with the pepper steak recipe. It was really good. Adding the cilantro and lime added just enough to the rice. I'll be making this again.

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  17. Is the texture supposed to be soft and stuck together or more like the burrito rice, separate? I'm assuming it could be because I had too much water

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    1. if you brown the rice in oil before cooking it it will stay separated. however- this does add more calories!

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  18. I love this recipe! Thanks so much for your efforts!

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  19. If your rice is stuck together, then you have too much water or you didn't let enough water evaporate before you covered it. Hope that helps.

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  20. Dear Gina-
    I just started my WW journey in January 2010, and love your recipes- especially the Latin ones!! I've made three of your recipies since discovering your web site four days ago. Thank you for placing your recipies on the web!
    -Melissa

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  21. Gina-
    I statred my WW journey just a few weeks ago, and I wanted to thank you for your recipes- I especially love the Latin ones. Since discovering your website site four days ago, I've made three of your recipes. Please keep them coming, and thank you for posting the recipes.
    -Melissa

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  22. @Melissa - You're welcome! Will do!

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  23. Yummy! Never ate at Chipotle, but this was really good! Thanks!

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  24. This rice was absolutely delicious! I am currently following WW and get tired of eating the same old thing. Your website has been so helpful and inspiring. Thanks for all the great recipes!

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  25. Glad I can add some variety to your diet!

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  26. do you happen to have the corn salsa recipe for chipotle? love that mixed with guacomle

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    1. Scrape an ear of corn or 2 and blanch for about 30 seconds and chill. Dice jalapeños and poblanos to your heat level. Add salt, equal parts of lime and lemon, diced red onion, and cilantro. Mix all together. Ingredient amounts are to your taste... And I have no clue on points....

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  27. No, but I'll give it a try, I love the corn salsa too!

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  28. Hi, Gina. I normally don't cook my rice in oil, but so long as you're adding oil with the rice before cooking, I suggest toasting the rice in the oil before adding the water. It really brings out a lovely flavour and aroma. I've never been to Chipotle and probably will never so I don't know how "authentic" it'd be to do this, but toasted rice is awesome. =)

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  29. Thanks, yes I agree! I love my white rice sauted in oil before I add the water. But Chipotles adds the oil after, not sure why. And of course, trying to keep the points low, using as little as possible.

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  30. This method of cooking rice worked really well for me. Loved it - thanks!

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  31. Yum! Thanks for another great recipe Gina.

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  32. It looks really good. I am trying eat more brown rice and I am wondering if it would ruin the recipe to try it with brown rice.

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  33. I've made it with brown rice, it's not bad, but white is better to me.

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  34. Hi Gina! So in love with your site. I have the Chicken Santa Fe boiling in my crock pot as we speak! I want to make the cilantro rice for the recipe. You mention one service is 6oz, so are we looking @ 3/4th's of a cup?

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  35. Yes, 3/4 cup of rice. Enjoy!!

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  36. A new family favorite... thanks Gina!

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  37. This wonderful! My two boys loved it and swear that it tastes much better than the Chipotle's! Thank you so much!

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  38. Just made this rice for the second time in the past two weeks. The first time was with your Barbacoa. Yum. Tonight was a side for Chicken Taco Salads. We love it. Especially my dad and my sister.

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  39. I make this all the time!! I'm a lover of rice. Sometimes I make it with brown, but I think in this case it works better with white.

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  40. just made this and i weighed out 6 oz, but there wasnt 4 servings , only like 3. what did i do wrong? it tasted just like chipotle but i just want to make sure im portioning it correctly.

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  41. Sorry for the confusion, I need to change it, it 6 fl oz or 3/4 cup.

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  42. I make this with Jasmine rice. Its so yummy, my stepson asks me to make extra for a snack after school!!

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  43. Gina I am amazed at your recipes. I've tried several so far and feel like a whole new world has opened up to me.

    As for this recipe, I was intrigued. I grew up on white rice and have always eaten it smothered in butter or some sort of gravy. But today after trying this, I am in heaven. I couldn't believe how yummy this was. I made it with the Garlic Lime Marinated Pork Chops and Cauliflower Fritters. We also had the Banana Cream Pie for dessert. It was an incredible meal that my whole family loved.

    I love to cook and am quite a good cook myself. When I try new recipes I always make it the first time exactly as the recipe states and later tweak it if I feel it can be improved. But I have to tell you, these were perfection!!!

    Blessings,
    Kimberlynn

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  44. Glad you liked it Kimberly! I grew up eating Spanish white rice, never with butter or gravy. So glad to hear your family is enjoying these dishes! This one is a staple in my house!

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  45. I haven't tried this at Chipotle (and it's porbably best I don't)!
    I made this with brown rice tonight! I topped it with some chicken (going out tonight to get a package for shredding!), then corn salsa, then 1/4 of an avocado. It was the YUMMIEST bowl ever! I've done WW a few times before to lose 10ish pounds here and there... and this was an excellent dinner to have on day one this time around! LOVE your site!

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  46. Gina,
    I just came across your website and I love it already. I still have not tried any of your recipes, just by looking at the pictures and reading the ingredients makes my mouth water. can't wait for the weekend so I can try one of your recipes, especially your Thai coconut curry shrimp.

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  47. wonderful copycat skinny version... yummy!! making a HUGE batch for all of us ... Thanx!
    Becky

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  48. Making this for a second time tonight, SO GOOD!

    Gina- you have been a huge help in my weight loss! I have lost 50 lbs since February with WW and your recipes have played a key roll in keeping me on track! Thank you so much for all your hard work!

    -Shelby

    ps are you going to come out with a cookbook? I would LOVE to buy one for everyone I know!

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  49. Thanks for asking Shelby, hopefully in the future!

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  50. i love cilantro lime rice- the white does taste better, but i usually make it with brown anyway, but i zest the lime, and it exponentially increases the lime taste. also, i add the salt at the end (kosher!). i figure you're eating the salt anyway, it might as well stick out. it tastes so tangy that way!

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  51. I LOVED this recipe. I tried to recreate Chipotle's rice a few times before I found this recipe, but I'll definitely use this one from now on. Personally, I prefer to use a whole lime and a little more cilantro since I love the combination of the two. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  52. So, it's just 1/2 of a lime?
    or half a cup??

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  53. I love this recipe!! Try it! You will not be disappointed! It is fantastic!

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  54. I am new to ww and to your wonderful site! I have been cooking your recipes for the last 2 weeks and have yet to be disappointed! This rice is DELICIOUS! I made it with the garlic lime pork chops, which were equally delicious!

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  55. Ms. Journalist11/4/10, 4:43 PM

    This rice was AWESOME!!! I was able to cut out 2 points by only using 2 tsp of oil and a little parkay butter spray. Thanks for the recipe!

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  56. Like Ms. Journalist, I also subbed 2 of the 4 tsp. of oil for spray butter (about 20 pumps of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter). It came out fantastic. The best rice I've ever made. Thanks!

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  57. Great! That's my mom's name, Marlene. Have a good one!

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  58. It's now 6 points per serving.

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  59. I am going to try this tonight with the Santa Fe Chicken. Can I just use the Uncle Bens pre-cooked rice and add the sauce? I am short on time but want to try this recipe.

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  60. Thanks Jen - sigh, it went up

    You can, but it won't be as good!

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  61. I made this last night with the Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken. Both were great! I've been on Weight Watchers for 9 months, 5 lbs. from goal, and wish I'd found this website sooner!!! Thanks for taking the time to share your recipes. Looking forward to trying alot more!

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  62. I made this rice with the white bean and chicken enchiladas. It was a high point dinner, but it works for me because I usually eat low points during the day. It's so much easier to eat low point breakfast and lunch!

    I'm seriously so thankful for this website. I'm telling everyone about it!

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  63. I was thinking that according to points plus, the 3/4 c rice and 1tsp oil per serving is only 5 points. Why is it listed as 6?

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  64. Just checked on recipe builder, you are correct! 5 pts, yay!

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  65. Hi gina,

    Love love this site!

    For this rice, can I use lemon instead of lime? It's all I have.......

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  66. What is the purpose of the oil in this recipe? Is it just to give the rice a nice texture. Would it be ok to skip the oil?

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  67. Lemon juice would work if that is all you have, but I would buy lime next time.

    Spanish rice is always made with oil, but sure, eliminate it if you wish! There are no rules in cooking, it's to taste! Baking is a different story.

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  68. I made this last night for the first time, but it won't be the last!! Very good. And enough for leftovers tonight to go on your Santa Fe CrockPot chicken!

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  69. I will never get tired of this rice :)

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  70. I discovered this site recently through another blog I follow, and I just want to say I wish this would've been around 7 years ago when I was on WW. I'm a Lifetimer now with some extra baby weight to lose, so I'm back trying to dig my way through WW again, so your recipes are going to be extra helpful. I'm already planning the week's meals around your recipes. I second the recipe book too, I'd buy in a heartbeat! Best to you!

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  71. Forgot to mention, of course I'm making this rice tonight with fish tacos, salsa verde and a bit of mole on the side. Yum!

    And as a side note, I did read a bit back about adding the oil later instead of "frying" the rice in oil and then adding water. I have to say that I'm from Puerto Rico, and I learned from my grammy to add the oil just at the moment you're to cover the rice, not before. So it struck me as odd when I married my Mexican husband that he'd "fry" the rice first, and cook it in chicken broth instead of water (or just add a bouillon cube). I have to admit that the flavor is better this way. Anyway, great site!

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  72. Thanks Lis!

    When I make rice the non-skinny way, I sauté the rice in oil first, not sure if that's Colombian but I was taught that way.

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  73. I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for this rice recipe!!!! I just made it a few minutes ago and i snuck a little sneak preview before my hubby gets home, and its AMAZING! I used the Basmati rice, and it taste exactly like Chipotle!!! THANK YOU A BUNCH! I look forward to trying even more of your recipes!

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  74. Try as I may, I just canNOT like cilantro. :( I'm one of those unfortunate people who thinks it tastes (and smells) like soap. So, needless to say, I do not like Chipotle's rice. However, my hubby LOVES the stuff. So I made this tonight along with your carnitas, and it was a big hit with dh and my daughters. I omitted the cilantro for mine (lime rice, anyone?) and I really liked it. So, thanks for another great recipe!!

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    1. For years and years, I felt the same way you did. Cilantro was soapy! But taste changes. Now I can't get enough. I have no idea what caused the change, but you might want to try it every now and then, just to see.

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  75. We had friends over for "Taco Night" and I made this rice to go along with all the toppings. It was a big hit - both adults and kids really liked it. I doubled the recipe and it worked out great. Thank you for another delicious and easy recipe!
    ~mary

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  76. Gina,
    I noticed you changed the points on this and when I put everything into the recipe builder it still comes out to 6 points, unless I used basmati rice, which I did not. So, is it 5 or 6?

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  77. I get 6 for 3/4 cup based on the nutritional info I plugged in.

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  78. Think this can be made with Quinoa instead of rice??

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  79. Any Suggestions about making this rice the night before? Is it as good re-heated? Just trying to save myself some time!

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  80. You can make the rice the night before, then add the lime and cilantro the next day after you reheat the rice.

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  81. This would be a great recipe for quinoa, I may have to try it!

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  82. Hi Gina,
    Do you have the calorie info for this?

    thanks,
    Laura

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  83. Again, delicious! Addicted to this rice!

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  84. OMG!!! Paired this with your Chicken Taco Chili tonight and it was fabulous!!

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  85. When calculating points, do you use raw or cooked points?

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  86. It depends on what I'm calculating, or what I have the nutritional info for. Meat I like to weigh cooked, and use the NI for cooked.

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  87. Gina do you happen to have the nutritional info for this recipe? I LOVE it! Made it last night and my boyfriend said he couldn't believe I made it and didn't buy it from Chipotle because it tasted just like it.

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  88. Made this tonight & served it with the Sweet Barbocoa pork! YUMMY! Definitely will make again! Thanks Gina!

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  89. I just updated the NI for this, and also I changed the oil from 4 tsp to 3 to give me 5 points plus.

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  90. Wonderful! I was definitely seeking this kind of recipe to "recreate" the Chipotle burrito bowl and now I've found it! Cannot wait to try it. I am going to making a similar black bean recipe to theirs so I look forward to having a "Chipotle" burrito bowl at home!

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  91. OMG!!!! I love your website, I have been looking through all of your recipes for weeks but am finally gonna try cooking tonight. Chicken enchiladas , cilantro lime rice and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!!! So excited Thanks so much.

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  92. So so Good! Since being on WW, i have not gone to Chipotles. Gina - thanks so much!

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  93. Hi Gina~ I made this twice this week. So good! Made it along with your Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken and the Cilantro Salad Dressing. Yummy dinner and yummy leftovers! :-) Was just curious....in your opinion, why is more oil added after the rice is cooked? I understand it's a recipe from Chipotle's, however, was just trying to understand the purpose of adding more oil at the end because I don't really "taste" the oil. Does it change the texture by adding the oil? Just wondering....it's incredibly good!

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  94. Cynthia glad you liked it! The oil helps the texture, helps you toss the rice with the lime. It would be too sticky otherwise, but of course, you could leave it it of you prefer.

    Being Latin, I always cook my rice with a little oil, I prefer the texture.

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  95. Wonderful. It's very refreshing!

    Thank you!

    Carrie

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  96. The first time I made it I saw "1/2cup lime juice" instead of "1/2 lime, juice of"...needless to say it was so tart it burned my mouth! I made this the right way last night ....it was very good. Thanks for sharing such great recipes :)

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  97. Yikes! 1/2 cup of lime juice would be aweful!!

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  98. We love this rice in our house! In fact, I'm making it tomorrow night :)
    You may have already answered this, but I was wondering if I can make this in my rice cooker? Just throw everything you put in the pot into the rice cooker pot instead - then add the cilantro, lime juice, and extra oil afterward like always. Have you ever tried it this way?

    Thanks!

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    1. Yes, this! I bet you could leave out some or all of the oil!

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    2. I made it that way and it turned out perfect.

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  99. I made this last night and after following the intructions- the rice still had a crunchy center. Perhaps I let too much water evaporate?

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  100. Amanda- perhaps, or it needed another 5 minutes longer.

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  101. I hate to admit it but this is the first time I have made rice-real rice. It was so easy, I don't know what I was so afraid of but I knew your recipes are foolproof so I made this with your cuban style black beans for company. Both recipes were a hit! Thank You for giving great dependable recipes that make me look good!

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  102. Cookin With Schnook5/2/11, 10:05 PM

    This was amazing! The only thing I added was salt. I made it with Shrimp tacos and the meal was fantastic. Thank you!

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  103. This should come with a warning: DO NOT MAKE....unless you want to eat the whole lot in one day a blow a whole days points lol..This is crazy addictive!!!

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  104. Does the oil really add that much? Seems like it would be healthier if you just removed it.

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  105. I prefer my rice with oil, you could always use olive oil for the added heart benefits.

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  106. I made this rice yesterday and it was delicious!

    Like many people have writte, I also like to use brown rice more often. I know for many recipes it is not "traditional" but I use it often when making yellow rice ;-)

    But my question is, how long would you cook brown rice in this recipe? I know this is a more "latin" style of cooking rice that my (colombian) husband prefers, but brown rice takes longer to cook and I was wondering if you had any advice!

    Thank you!

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  107. This was AWESOME!!!!!! Thank you soo much for posting these recipes. I'm excited to try more! I'm new to weight watchers and was feeling defeated, but your recipes sparked my motivation!

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  108. I made this tonight and it was Awesome! Generally I do not like to cook so I don't do it very often, but I have been looking through your site for a long time and this is the first recipe I have tried. I love that it made enough to feed me for the whole week! :) I have a Chipotle less than 3 miles from my house but I think I like this better! Thanks!!!

    Jill

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  109. oops sorry! My previous comment was supposed to be about the barbacoa beef! The rice was good too though, I just omitted the oil!

    Jill

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  110. Love this recipe! Made this the other day for lunch as a side dish for my sister and her family and everyone loved it. My niece asked me if I went to Chipolte to buy the rice. I take that as a compliment since she thought it was Chipolte lime rice. Can't wait to try more recipes from your site.

    Carolyn

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  111. When you juice from half of a lime, do you know approximatley how much jucie that is? I just want to make sure I don't add too much juice.

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  112. I have been using your site for quite some time now and my family loves this rice. I always use olive oil instead of vegetable. I am about to make my chipotle bowl using the rice and Kalua pork (which is delicious!)

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  113. Looks like I'm the only one who had trouble with this recipe. Perhaps my ingredients were bad? That is the only thing I can think of. I wrote about my fail here.

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  114. Can I make this recipe with brown jasmine rice? It is what I have on hand. Also should I cook my rice according to the package? Or do you think I can still follow your recipe?

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  115. You could, although brown rice will taste different. I'm sure it will be good though!

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  116. Hi Gina, I just found your site and LOVE IT!! I made the Lime Cilantro Shrimp last night, and today we had the Crock-Pot Santa Fe Chicken over the Cilantro Lime Rice. My husband says: "That's a keeper!" (on all three recipes I've made). I've never had good luck with regular rice, so I used Minute Rice and then still added a little oil, the lime juice and the cilantro--hubby said it tasted BETTER than Chipotle's. Thanks again for your wonderful site--I plan on making many more recipes in the future.
    Jerrilee

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  117. This is hands down, my all-time favorite rice recipe! I made this last night with the garlic lime pork chops (another fave) and am having rice leftovers today, yum. I never cooked with fresh lime until I found your site, Gina and it makes a huge difference. Thank you!

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  118. Gina I've made this twice now too. I LOVE your site! Thank you thank you thank you! - Devin

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  119. Hi, I found this site today, it's amazing. I'm in the UK and tonight we are having Chicken Ropa Vieja and cilantro lime rice. Obviously i've never been to Chipotle's but all sounds great. Wish me luck!

    Tracy

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  120. I made this tonight with the Chicken Enchiladas and the Crab, Avacado, Corn Salad (minus the crab) for a dinner party tonight. Everything was enjoyed by all!

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  121. I love this and so does my hubby! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  122. Made this rice to accompany the Carnitas and it was FAB! My husband requested to only have the rice from now on ;)

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  123. Yum! Just made it with black beans and sauteed chicken in a raw tortilla with onions and peppers! The rice is perfect and amazing! Perfectly amazing!

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  124. FYI it isn't straight lime juice in Chipotles recipe, it's 1/2 lime 1/2 lemon juice. And it's made with plain old long grain white rice. Just like their Guacamole is only avacado, red onions, jalapenos, lemon/lime juice and salt. Real simple...

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  125. I don't know if the serving size is way off or something, but whenyou check the nutrtion facts on Chiptole's website, you come up with lower points for their rice. Admittedly, we don't have a Chipotle in our town, but I wanted to check and make sure from experienced Chipotle goers that I didn't need to be calculating double serving sizes or anything when I eat there in other cities.

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  126. Hi Gina, I made this tonight for the first time and Oh My Goodness it was so good. Thanks for all your hard work, I couldn't do WW without you. Many thanks.

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  127. This recipe is delicious! I just made it along with the barbaqoa beef recipe. Everything will be ready to be reheated tonight for dinner. My meat isn't quite ready to shred but the rice is delish! I added a tsp of sugar like another poster suggested. YUM YUM YUM!

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  128. AWESOME rice dish!! I made this with the Chicken Roba and they are excellent together!!
    Gina your recipes are life savers for us on WW!! Thank you a million times over!!

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  129. Hi Gina! I made this to go with the Crockpot Chicken Santa Fe. It was terrific! It added another dimension to that dish. Love the lime flavor. I've never made rice where you cook on high uncovered and then turn down to finish- turned out great! Thank you! ~Amy :)

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  130. This was so great! My husband even told me I can make it again (which is a huge accomplishment!) The rice and pork chops needed a little something more for us, so I sauteed some zucchini with similar seasonings as I marinated the pork chips in. It was amazing! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  131. This was great! Just the like the restaurant! Its part of my recipe collection now!!!

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  132. This is really good! I didn't have fresh cilantro or a lime, so I used dried cilantro (1 T.) and bottle lime juice (1 T.)

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  133. The rice is my favorite thing about Chipotle...I can't wait to try this. Thanks!

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  134. Made this today and brought to some friends' home to share a meal and see the new baby. Served it with enchiladas and mango sorbet for dessert. It was FANTASTIC. My daughter ate three bowls, and I'm usually lucky to get three bites into her. This is a keeper. Thank you!

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  135. We love Chipotle's rice and I was excited to make this last night. Love, love, loved it. So quick and easy and will most definitely make again!

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  136. I'm looking forward to trying this tomorrow (I hope). Do you think it would work in a rice cooker? Also, if I were to use lime juice and not a lime, how much would you suggest I use? Thank you!

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  137. This was so good! I've never eaten at Chipotle so I had no barometer but will definitely make again. Even my cilantro hating husband loved it!

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  138. I'm making the Sweet Barbacoa Pork for dinner tomorrow night and I'm planning to make this as well! Just a suggestion to get rid of even more calories...instead of using vegetable oil, I use coconut oil. It's more expensive, but it's way healthier! :)

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  139. Gina, I have made this rice several times, and it is consistantly delicious. I made it again tonight to compliment butternut squash burritos, yum!

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  140. Last week I made your turkey pumpkin chili for the second time. Still love it. Not wanting to waste the cilantro I made your chicken enchiladas and this rice tonight. What a great combo. Loved by everyone.

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  141. as with every other recipe from you this was outstanding. I used coconut oil in place of the vegetable and it was delicious!

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  142. I found your recipe via pinterest. It was awesome! My kids are die-hard fans of chipotle's rice. They didn't even know the difference. Thank you!

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  143. I was reading about how to copy Chipotle's rice, and there's one thing you are missing!! a Bay Leaf! (many ex-workers said they always put a bay leaf in)

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  144. Thanks for posting this recipe! I was already planning on making burrito bowls tonight and this recipe will add flare to the rice component! Thanks!!

    Tia

    http://ttmarie-livingthedream.blogspot.com/

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  145. I made this tonight...yuuum! I'll be adding this to my long list of favourite recipes from this site. Thanks Gina :)

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  146. Due to dietary restrictions, I can only eat brown rice. I usually buy the frozen organic brown rice at Trader Joe's. Any idea how to incorporate the lime flavor into the rice without overwhelming it? The rice is in a bag and just heated on the stove or in the microwave without water. Thoughts?

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  148. I suck at cooking rice on the stove top, instead I used my electric rice pot/steamer'; I added a couple of Tablespoons of lime juice (nope, didn't have any fresh limes, but I had bottled lime juice)to the water and since I didn't have any fresh cilantro (I know, 'shame shame') I added a Tablespoon or two or three of 'Goya Cilantro Cooking Base' into the water/rice/lime mixture as well. Stirred it all up well, put the lid on and pushed the button to start it cooking. Came out great!

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  149. YUMMY!!! This was absolutely delicious! I think it tasted better than the restaurant's! I doubled the recipe just so I could have some on hand for when I get a craving in the next couple of days, cuz I know I will! Wonderful 5-star recipe!

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  150. better than the restaurant's for sure and i only used 2 tsp of oil - one added to the pot and one to the rice after it cooked, thought it was amazing then so didn't even add the other tsp. SO DELICIOUS, especially since I can't get enough of Chipotle burrito bowls! This will be a new staple in my house - nice work again Gina, you are my idol!!!

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  151. Made this today for the first time. Absolutely delicious!! Thank you!! Tastes just like the restaurant's.

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  152. I made this last night with the Santa fe chicken and it was great. I think next time I might leave out some oil or use a different type of oil like some other users suggested. In any case, I WILL be making it again.

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  153. I was reading a website a long time ago about Chipotle and making their recipes at home, and quite a few people who used to work there added one ingredient that no one thinks of, a bay leaf! They say Chipotle always adds a bay leaf in their rice!

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  154. I made this tonight and it was delicious. I made the rice the way we usually do with chicken stock instead of water. Ended up adding olive oil when mixing it all up, just a couple of teaspoons. And the juice of one lime. It was delicious and definitely a do over!

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  155. Anyone try making this with cauliflower as a rice substitute?

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  156. we do this at home with jasmine rice, so good!

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  157. This was perfect and amazing in every way!

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  158. This looks amazing. Cant wait to try it. I posted about it here and linked back to you! Thanks!!

    http://www.abirdandabean.com/2012/05/simple-cinco-de-mayo-ideas.html

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  159. This was delicious! The texture of the rice was perfect and the flavor was just like Chipotle's. Will definitely be using this recipe on a regular basis. Thanks!

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  160. Does minute rice work just as well, or does that change the points?

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  161. I made this with quinoa and it was AMAZING - and I omitted the oil so it was only 2pts+ for a 1/2 cup serving! so delicious!

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  162. So, I have an inside track on this recipe. If you want it to taste authentic, don't add sugar.... Use equal purporting of lemon and lime juice, as Chipotle has Odwalla make a citrus blend for them. Also add a bay leaf while rice is cooking.

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  163. You will never get decent rice with this cooking method. The best cooking method is bringing a very large pot of water to a boil, add rice and boil for about 40 minutes. Drain and return to pot. Let sit covered for about 20 minuted without heat.

    Then add lime juice, cilantro, and salt.

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    1. My rice comes out perfect, everytime!

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    2. Mine too! I've never had an issue using the skinnytaste recipe

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  164. Love chipotle and cilantro!!! Can't wait to try this vegetarian style!!!

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  165. I made a version of this. I did use brown, short grain rice (meant to use the brown jasmine, but forgot!) and cooked it in the rice cooker.I also cooked up some chicken in some lime and green onion, then chopped it up and put in the rice. Big hit! Husband had thirds, not a single grain of rice left. Thanks again for great inspiration!

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  166. Just made this for dinner tonight (to go along with 2 other recipes on this site... Pollo Sabroso & Warm Mexican Corn Salad). I've never eaten at Chipotle, so I can't speak to this recipe's authenticity... but man, was it delicious! Really complemented the other dishes. Definitely putting this (and the other two as well) in my recipe collection!

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  167. Sarah Jane Smith7/19/12, 5:23 PM

    Just made my own chipotle burrito with this - yum! thanks for the recipe!

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  168. I use True Lime instead of the real thing, and sometimes use coconut milk instead of water, like so delicious coconut milk. YUMMO! Thanks for posting.

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  169. Hi Gina. I have been on WW for 5 months and this site is amazing! Tonight I made the cream of asparagus soup, ciantro lime rice and the chicken enchilada zucchini boats. Everyone, including myself LOVED it! Thank you so much for your site!

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  170. Hi Gina. I am vegetarian and I had always wondered of how to make this rice for a home made burrito. Excellent! I am having a Mexican night today!!! Thanks a lot!!

    Vijaya

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  171. I am thinking I could make this in my rice cooker as well. Gina, have you ever tried it? I think I would just add the lime juice, cilantro and oil when the rice cooker
    switches to the "keep warm" last 10 minute setting.

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  172. Really loved this recipe. It is the first time I have cooked rice and it not be hard and gross. Pat on the back for me. Def recommend this side dish. I served it with Salmon and a tomato/cuke salad.

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  173. just wondering... should i just squeeze the lime or juice it? not sure how much juice i should be getting... and btw, i LOVEEEEEE your recipes. thank you!

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  174. LOVE this rice! Thanks for the recipe! I will say, do not make the mistake of using olive oil. I don't know why I did that (I don't use olive oil when I'm cooking anything Chinese and only sometimes with Mexican inspired foods), but it isn't not suited for olive oil. A non-tasting oil IS best! THanks again!

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  175. Made this for the second time today. The first time I doubled the recipe, this time I followed it exactly. Love the way the rice turns out cooking it like that. This is a great recipe and it curbs my chipotle cravings. Thanks for sharing.

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  176. How many points would it be without the oil?

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  177. I dont even like cilantro (unless its dried) but I used fresh cilantro and this was sooo good.

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  178. They use bay leaves. This can be substituted with using jasmine rice instead of reg. rice.

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  179. I have made this a bunch of times and completely LOVE IT!!!! Thanks Gina!!!

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  180. How much lime juce is used? I have freeshed squeezed lime juce but don`t know how much us used in half of a lime. Thanks

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  181. I just paired this rice w/ your santa fe chicken crockpot mea, and it was unbelievable!!

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  182. This was so good. Taste just like the original. I used the juice of a whole lime tho. Also added 1 tsp sugar as someone had suggested. I would have swore it came from chipotles

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  184. I made this last night and it was amazing! I did not have long grain rise so I substituted jasmine rice instead...it was delisious. Also, I did not have a fresh lime so I substituted 1 TBSP of lime juice instead. Delicious!!!

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  185. has anyone tried this recipe with brown rice?

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  186. This taste and smells just like Chipotle's rice. Thank you so much, it was so delicious!

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  187. Very good! Served as a side dish with baked chimichangas. Can't wait to try with some of the yummy looking skinny taste recipes...I'm thinking pork carnitas next week :)

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  188. Super easy and amazing taste! I've made it twice now and I know it has become a staple! I served it as a side dish with my own recipe for baked chimichangas and also as the base in a burrito bowl made with Mexican Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas and Corn Salsa from this site! LOVE THIS BLOG!!!

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