Chipotle Mexican Grill Basmati Rice Recipe – Known for their freshly made Tex Mex food, their rice is a most requested recipe.

Chipotle’s is known for making everything fresh. Every time you go in there, they are busy preparing their signature dishes. Their rice is honestly one of our favorite parts of their menu. This rice is seasoned perfectly with cilantro and lime juice. This makes an excellent side dish on its own. If you enjoy rice, don’t miss this savory version. You can make rice just like the Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants with our copycat recipe.

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Chipotle Mexican Basmati Rice

Chipotle Mexican Cilantro Lime Basmati Rice

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes,Rice Recipe, CopyKat Recipes, Pasta Recipes, Side Dish Recipesl
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:35 minutes
  • Serves: 6
Chipotle Mexican Cilantro Lime Basmati Rice

This rice is very tasty!


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil or butter
  • 2/3 cup white basmati rice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro


In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, heat the oil or butter over low heat. If using butter, stir it occasionally until melted. Add the rice and lime juice and stir for 1 minute. Add the water and salt. Raise the heat and bring to a boil. Cover, turn down the heat to low, and simmer until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and stir in the cilantro.

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Basmati [bahs-MAH-tee] is a long-grained rice with a fine texture. It can be found in Middle Eastern and South Asian markets, as well as some supermarkets. This recipe is attributed to Chipotle’s executive chef and CEO, Steve Ellis. You can get more Chipotle Mexican Grill Recipes here at, the internet’s home of the best free copycat recipes.You can get more Chipotle Mexican Grill Recipes here at, the internet's home of the best free copycat recipes.

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  • Melanie Bauer

    Yep! Definitely my favorite rice!

  • Anetta

    I totally needed this recipe this week – I just made a big batch of Barbacoa Beef! Perfect timing!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

    Love everything about Chipotle especially this rice!

    • stephaniemanley

      I am so glad you enjoy this rice.

  • Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

    We have a major Chipotle addiction in our home. I totally need to try your copy cat recipe!

  • AngieVee

    Can you use brown rice instead?

    • stephaniemanley

      I think you could use it, it wouldn’t be the same, but you could use the brown rice

  • Mskimmy

    My son loved this and he said it was just as good as Chipotle. He also just had his tonsils out a week ago and was so excited to eat this with a flavor he loves!

    • stephaniemanley

      I hope your son recovered well.

  • Ashea

    I made this for a second time tonight, thinking I did something wrong the first time. It turned out dry and the flavor isn’t correct. What am I doing wrong???

    • stephaniemanley

      Your rice may have needed more water.

  • Tres_incroyable

    this is not correct. you need to use soy oil for the same flavor. and you need to throw in a bay leaf.

  • Brittany Joyce

    Could you use Jasamine rice instead and have it taste the same?

    • Stephanie

      I don’t think it would come out as well with Jasmine rice.

    • Mensur Beba

      NO, Jasmine rice absorb excess moisture and is extremely hard to cook without it being sticky. Use Basmati rice instead.

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  • Kateron3boys

    this is not enough liquid to rice…. ?

  • Kateron3boys

    this is not enough liquid to rice…. ?

  • Kateron3boys

    this is not enough liquid to rice…. ?

  • Troy

    This came out great!! Kosher salt made a difference the second time around, but both were great!

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  • jules vilmur

    Perfect, stupid-simple rice! And I agree with the Kosher salt. Now all I need is Chipotle’s corn salsa and some grilled veggies for a veggie bowl. Thank you.

  • Degmm

    Next time don’t play that stupid music. You can hear that just fine, can’t her Stephanie for the directions.

    • stephaniemanley

      We did pull back on the music in future videos. Thank you for that recommendation.

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  • Bill

    Where is the Chipotle

    • Anonymous

      There is none, it is the name of the restaurant.

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  • Sheri

    Just a tip, you can save a ton of money on basmati rice by purchasing it at an asian grocery store. It’s a quarter of the price.

  • john

    Basmati rice is sold in bulk at Whole Foods. Cheaper and of better quality and freshness then the expensive supermarket small bags. It also comes in a “Brown Rice” version for better health. Cooking time is longer and water amounts increase with brown. Whole foods has cooking instructions at service counter or on-line recipe sites will provide.

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for your tip.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if you could tell me how they make the honey chipotle vinigerette dressing. i love that dressing.

  • Sharon

    The Asian – Indians have been making this pilaf for generations.

  • Josh


    You said you worked at Chipotle Mexican Grill for a year. Do you by chance know the recipe for the Tomatillo Red Chili Salsa? And would you be willing to share it? I would be greatful if you would. I use to be able to go to Chipotle, but I moved to east TN and there are none close.

    Thanks in advance,

  • Alex Montgomery

    A good tip is to use Kosher Salt. I worked at Chipotle Mexican Grill for a year and I can assure you the Kosher Salt used makes a recognizable difference!

  • Kari

    Delicious! I wasn’t sure if the additional cost for the Basmati rice instead of regular rice would be worth it, but it was! The lime and cilantro flavors were perfectly balanced. I will definitely make this again for burritos or as a side dish.

  • Rachel

    I recently made this rice and used the recipe on here for the ancho marinade. Thankfully, it tasted exactly like Chipotle…especially since there is not one in our area and once a twice a year is just not enough! THANKS SO MUCH!!!