Cilantro-Lime Rice and Fresh Tomato Salsa (Chipotle Edition) Shot 2015-05-02 at 11.41.23 AM

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We all know and love Chipotle’s iconic cilantro-lime rice and fresh tomato salsa, but do you love the price? Me neither! Here’s my take on how to achieve the Chipotle taste with a more friendly price attached.

What will you need? (Ingredients)

White basmati rice

Cilantro (store bought or homegrown)

Lime (store bought or homegrown)

Fresh campari or grape tomatoes (or any tomatoes of your liking)

Red onion


Sea salt

What to do?

Cilantro-Lime Rice 

 Take 1 cup basmati rice, 2 cups water and place in pot on high with a lid. Let water boil and then turn down to low or simmer with lid on for 15-20 minutes until rice has absorbed all of the water and is nice and fluffy. Once rice is done, put all of the rice in a big serving bowl and let it stand/cool down for 10-15 minutes. In this time, you can start finely chopping up the cilantro and adding lime juice in a separate bowl. Once rice has cooled, add in desired amount of cilantro and lime juice and mix in well. To finish your rice, add a pinch of sea salt for seasoning and you are all set!

Quick tips for making Cilantro-lime rice

1. Make sure that your rice is basmati or long grain rice.

2. When chopping up cilantro, take 10-15 leaves and roll them up together and start by chiffonading. To get even finer cilantro with better bites of flavor, use a vegetable chopper.

3. When trying to squeeze lime juice, using a lime press makes a world of difference (

Fresh Tomato Salsa 

 Start by chopping/dicing up your campari or grape tomatoes (Campari tomatoes are my personal favorite, but you can use any tomatoes that you like best) and then finely chop up some red onion. Next, seed your jalapeños and dice them, as well as chopping up your cilantro. Finally, mix all of the chopped up ingredients together in a medium sized serving bowl and add a pinch of sea salt to finish it off!

Quick tips for making Fresh tomato salsa:

1. Don’t be a afraid of adding whatever you’d like! Add some fresh avocado, or mice some garlic. Whatever flavors suit you best!

If you try this recipe out Instagram me the picture using @christinamessick 


4 thoughts on “Cilantro-Lime Rice and Fresh Tomato Salsa (Chipotle Edition)

  1. I can not believe I’ve never tried to make this.. Thank you so much for the info and I’ll be making this often I can tell.. Take care and happy blogging to ya, from Laura ~

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