This copycat cilantro lime rice is just like Cafe Rio’s and it makes the perfect addition to any Mexican dish or entree for dinner.

This copycat cilantro lime rice is just like Cafe Rio's and it makes the perfect addition to any Mexican dish or entree for dinner. ohsweetbasil.com

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I’ve found that when I make Mexican food lately I really want rice and beans with it, just like the restaurants do. I didn’t used to care, but I’ve really grown to like the rice and beans. We have three favorites, Spanish Rice , Perfect Rice the Costa Rican way (which is awesome because you freeze the “flavor kit”  for use all winter long, and this Cilantro Lime rice just like Cafe Rio makes.Cilantro Lime Rice just like Cafe Rio ohsweetbasil.com_

We especially love how easy this rice is. We have a rice cooker from Hamilton Beach, which if you don’t have a rice cooker, well invest in one. It really does make life easier so you don’t have to watch a pot on the stove.  Anyway, we just throw the cilantro, lime juice, etc in the rice cooker and we don’t even worry about it until it’s done. Which also gives us much more time to get done with whatever we have going on at the house. That could mean chores, homework or lately a couple pages of a good book. Oh and there’s a touch of butter in the rice. Let’s not forget that. A little dairy can totally change a dish for the better. True story.

Cilantro Lime Rice cafe rio copycat recipe ohsweetbasil.com_

I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like these last few months, but I’m determined to change that. I finally read The Giver. I know, random right? Everyone always talks about, The Giver so I totally had to read it and then watch the movie. Which we had these yummy Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas that same night so friends, make sure you try those too.

This copycat cilantro lime rice is just like Cafe Rio's and it makes the perfect addition to any Mexican dish or entree for dinner. ohsweetbasil.com

We love a good book to read together as a couple or one just for me to relax with, so I’d love to hear what you’re currently reading or would recommend.

Cilantro Lime Rice-Cafe Rio Copycat
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Recipe type: side
Cuisine: mexican
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 8 cups
 
A flavorful rice that's perfect with any Mexican dish.
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Rice
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 2 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Teaspoons Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 Handful cilantro, chopped
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 Can (4oz) Diced Green Chiles
Instructions
  1. Pour everything in a rice cooker and follow product instructions, or in a pot, heat to a boil and then add the lid and turn down to low for 20-30 minutes or until tender.
  2. Remove the lid, stir to combine everything and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¾ cup

 

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