Cilantro-Lime Rice and Fresh Tomato Salsa (Chipotle Edition)

We all know and love Chipotle’s iconic cilantro-lime rice and fresh tomato salsa but do you love the price? Me either, here’s my take and recipe 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 choosing or 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 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 chopping up the cilantro finely 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, also add sea salt for flavor. And there you have it!

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 roll them up together and start by chiffonading then chop with vegetable chopper for finer cilantro and better bites of flavor.

3. When trying to squeeze lime juice using a lime press makes the world or difference.  (

Fresh Tomato Salsa 

 Start by chopping/dicing up your campari or grape tomatoes (my personal favorite, you can use any tomatoes that you like best) and then finely chop up some red union and then seed your jalapeños and dice them as well. And finally chop up your cilantro. Mix all the chopped up ingredients together in a medium sized serving bowl then add a pinch of sea salt and there you have it!

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. Just do it!


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