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Food: Instant Pot – Cilantro Lime Rice (Chipotle Copy Cat)

If you didn’t know already, I’m Mexican American.  I LOVE my culture.  It’s so full of color, flavor, and spice.  My grandmother was and still is my idol.  I miss her terribly.

While I am incredibly sad that she is no longer with me on this Earth, I am glad that she doesn’t know that I do not know how to make Mexican rice.  That’s right.  I just can’t.  It either comes out in one big clump, or burns at the bottom and the whole batch is toast.  My cousin, she can make LOADS of it.  I just don’t get it.

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Little Me, Mèmá, My Mom, My Little Sister

But this, you guys, is a game changer.

I made rice and it was perfect.  No, it wasn’t the traditional Mexican rice- but it was close to Chipotle rice and that for me- is close enough- for now.

It was SUPER fast and amazingly easy.  This made enough for about four small side servings.  If you want to make more, double or triple this recipe.

OK- I have to type fast on this one- I hear Julia has awoken from her nap!

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Cilantro Lime Rice


  • 3 tbsp. of fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 2 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of long grain rice
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The broth is hiding.
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Measure out your rice.
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Put your rice into your instant pot.  Make smiley face if desired.
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Put in ONE tbsp. of veggie oil
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Put in one tsp. of salt
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Pour in your 1 1/4 cup of chicken broth.  OR you can use water if you don’t have broth.
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Put on your lid, make sure it’s on seal!
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Pressure cook for 3 minutes. When this is up, NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE for 7 minutes.  That means DON’T move your valve.  Just let it be.  Also make sure that your Instant Pot “keep warm” is off.
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Chop up the cilantro.  Yum!
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Squeeze your lime.  You can cheat and buy lime juice but for me, it doesn’t taste the same. 1 tbsp. is about half a lime.
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Put it all in a bowl, along with the 1 tbsp. of veggie oil.
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Mix it all together!
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Your rice should be NATURALLY releasing now.  7 minutes.  Clean up while this is going on!
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Once the 7 minutes is up.  Quick release.  This will be super short and sweet.
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Fluff in a bowl (or in your pot if you wish)
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Mix in your cilantro lime mixture.
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Make sure you get it all covered!
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And boom!  Your side dish of amazing rice is complete!
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Que sabroso… 😉
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This pairs lovely with the Buttery Honey Garlic Glazed Chicken by the way.  Click on the pic for the recipe


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3 thoughts on “Food: Instant Pot – Cilantro Lime Rice (Chipotle Copy Cat)

  1. I made this as a side for some spicy fish tacos, and IT WAS AMAZING!!! The rice was quick and the lime flavor perfectly complemented the tacos. As the first dish I have made in the Instant Pot, this was extremely easy and received a lot of compliments! This is a great recipe with clear instructions and helpful visuals for those of us who always second guess what we are doing! 🙂

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