Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

 

Rice is one of the most common and important foods in the world. Without it we would struggle even more to feed our growing population. It is a mainstay in diets from Asia to the Americas and there are a thousand different ways to prepare it. This is my absolute favorite. This cilantro lime rice is a twist on a traditional Mexican style rice that I have been eating my whole life. But to tell you the truth, I didn’t really like or eat any other rice for much of my life. There was always something special for me about the rice I would find in Mexican restaurants and homes. It’s just perfect for soaking up delicious and savory sauces.

cilantro lime brown Mexican rice with onion and pepper

About ten years ago, I had the privilege of learning how to make the traditional style of Mexican rice at home from a family friend. She didn’t even have a recipe written down. She had learned it the old school way. By word of mouth, passed down through the generations. I wrote it down and kept it with me for years until I had it memorized. It was one of my prized possessions. I have based several of my rice recipes on it, like this one that is designed for a rice cooker, and the technique and flavor is the basis for this cilantro lime rice.

ingredients for cilantro lime Mexican style brown rice

The Brown Rice Dilemna

A few years ago, I ran into some difficulty when I was trying to change my diet and eat healthier. I made the switch to eating whole grains and struggled to recreate the same amazing flavor and texture with brown rice. For years I have been trying to come up with a new recipe using brown rice that is just as delicious. After moving to Costa Rica, I finally nailed it. I was inspired by the great local produce to try again using fresh ingredients and the amazing limes from our tree. This recipe is absolutely amazing! It even got local approval! So I’m sure you will love it as much as we do.

Uncooked Cilantro Lime Rice

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This rice is so delicious that you could just eat it by itself! But it would also be great with any of your favorite Mexican or Latin dishes, such as enchiladas or this amazing Chicken Chili Verde. Or, if you really want to impress, make it with my Tacos Al Pastor for an authentic and delicious Mexican dinner!

cilantro lime rice with chili colorado and side salad

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Cilantro Lime Rice
This Mexican style rice is so good that I end up making it almost every week! The addition of cilantro and lime really brightens and freshens the flavor and makes it the perfect rice to serve with Mexican or other Latin food.
cilantro lime Mexican style brown rice
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Spices
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Spices
cilantro lime Mexican style brown rice
Instructions
  1. Start by prepping your onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add rice and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until rice is evenly toasted. About 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add bell pepper and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Then add spices and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly, to evenly season rice.
  4. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cover and turn heat down to low to simmer for 40 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for another 5 minutes. Then fluff with a fork.
  5. Let rice cool slightly and then mix in chopped cilantro and lime juice. Enjoy!
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  1. This must be delicious! When I cook rice I also toast it first, it tastes so much better like that:)

    1. Thanks! Toasting rice adds so much flavor. It’s definitely worth the extra effort.

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