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.

*This is a sponsored post due to my partnership with the Utah Dairy Council

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 Cafe Rio Copycat.Cilantro Lime Rice just like Cafe Rio ohsweetbasil.com_

We especially love how easy this rice is. 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.
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.

Which we had these yummy Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas that same night so friends, make sure you try those too. Seriously the best enchiladas you will ever scarf down. Whenever I have a crazy busy week I automatically want comfort food. Obviously I’m an emotional eater. In fact, it was an emotional weekend, but in the very best way.

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Cade and I attended our very first Time Out For Women. I know, it’s for women, but it’s actually just as good for men and since we are a team we were invited to attend together. It was wonderful. Basically it’s a “timeout” the women from anywhere can take to get refreshed and rejuvenated. There were amazing speakers like Tim Ballard, who we talked about in this post about White Chocolate Dipped Mint Milanos and the underground railroad that is rescuing so many children in sex slavery, Brad Wilcox about grace and how to use it and understand how it works for each of us, a darling girl named, Emily who when running past an assisted living facility felt prompted to stop in and ask if she could play the piano for the residents and the rest is history, she’s become best friends at 25 with a 100 year old man. She is helping him feel joy at an age when they often feel forgotten.

time out for women

Needless to say, we had an incredible weekend. We are absolutely convinced that the best thing anyone can do for their business, family, or self is to take a “timeout”. Get inspired again. Remember who you are and why you are here. Like Brad said, “we can’t change the world, but we can work to change our own world.”

That’s the one thing Cade and I needed to hear. This blog is more than food for us. It’s a chance to share good things. We are preparing to speak at a fireside in Rexburg, Idaho about being a light in an ever increasingly dark world and we feel certain that we can at least help our own circle see the good that still exists and hopefully inspire hearts to be the good in any way they can.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice-Cafe Rio Copycat
Recipe type: side
Cuisine: mexican
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8 cups
A flavorful rice that's perfect with any Mexican dish.
  • 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
  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


Recipes to Accompany Rice

Authentic Carne Asada Tacos

One of our all time favorites for tacos! Just wait until you try that marinated meat!

carne asada tacos with marinated flank steak

California Grilled Steak and Zucchini Burrito with Smoky Crema

It is all about the sauce in this one. Like, seriously. I’m a sauce fan anyway but this stuff changes the whole burrito.

Steak Burritos with Spiced Crema


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