Cafe Rio’s Lime Cilantro Rice

I have started quite the Cafe-Rio-inspired recipe collection on my blog, and with good reason, it is one of my favorite places to eat out at!

check out:

Cafe Rio Chicken (in the crock pot)Cafe Rio Sweet Pork (in the crock pot)

Cafe Rio’s Tomatillo Dressing

for the rest of the bunch!

Today, I have yet another great Cafe Rio recipe to share with you!I know a lot of you have probably never heard of Cafe Rio.  It is a Mexican Restaurant that has some of the best food I have ever eaten.  I seriously crave it weekly!  If you have never been, or have been but have since moved away, try out some of these recipes!  You are going to love them!This Lime Cilantro Rice is seriously SO good!  It works great for the Cafe Rio inspired salads and burritos, or maybe as a side dish to one of your own Mexican meals.  We LOVE this rice in our home, and I am sure you will too!


recipe from: The Girl Who Ate Everything

2 Tablespoons Butter pepper to taste
1 ¼ cup rice (I used long grain)
juice and zest from 1 large or 2 small limes
2 ¼ cups chicken broth
2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cumin

In a skillet melt butter with rice.
Add lime juice, lime zest, chicken broth, cilantro, salt, and cumin.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 20 minutes or until rice is done.


If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #chefintraining and/or #chefintrainingblog. I would love to see how these recipes take shape in your kitchens.

Filed under: easy, lime, mexican, rice, side-dish

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  1. MommaPea

    so funny you posted this today -- i'm making something VERY similar to this for dinner tonight :)

  2. amanda @ fake ginger

    I've tried so many copycat for Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice but they've all turned out horrible - I look forward to trying this one (love the addition of cumin!) even though I've never heard of Cafe Rio. The rice looks delicious! :)

  3. Lydia

    Yum, I am going to have to have a Cafe Rio meal this weekend and breat out all you recipes. Thanks for sharing your favoites, it helps to know the recipes come highly recommended.

  4. Bob and Danya

    Awesome! Thanks! gotta try this one! My favorite rice in the whole world!

  5. Mrs. Metro

    I made this in my rice cooker. The lime was so infused when I put all the ingredients in my rice cooker to cook, that when I made that all we could taste was lime. For those who love the rice cooker, wait to add the lime until you serve it and be conservative when adding it to your ride.