Last week after I posted my guacamole recipe, I told you there was more Mexican food to come during the week. Well, I got caught up in other things and didn’t get around to posting Mexicana recipe numero dos until this morning (obviously).
There are many things we love around here in this household, but Mexican food always comes out on top every time. Neither one of us ever gets sick of tacos, enchiladas, or fajita vegetables. I never get sick of refried beans. The Husband can live without.
Our favorite place to get quick Mexican cuisine, however, is Chipotle. Can I get an ‘amen’ out there? Many Sundays after church, if we have to go to Costco, I always decide we “have to” go to Trader Joe’s — but only because we pass a Chipotle on the way back home. That means once our shopping is done, it’s Chipotle time for lunch! We eat ourselves into a stupor before heading home and taking a Sunday nap at some point during the day. It’s quite the way to spend a Sunday, I’ll tell you that much.
Sometimes though, it’s fun to try to make dishes that taste like your favorite meal you get at a restaurant. I typically make Spanish rice with tomatoes and spices such as chili powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes. But I loooove the rice at Chipotle more than… a lot of things. (note: I did not want to say Starbuck’s, chocolate, or hummus so I decided to be vague about it) I especially love the fact that they now carry brown rice.
If in fact you live in a place where you are not near a Chipotle (heartbreaking!!!), you could just make this rice instead. It tastes just like the real deal!
Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice
- 1 cup short grain brown rice, dry
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- juice of 1 lime
- Cook your rice according to your package directions. (brown rice typically takes about 45 minutes to cook)
- Once the rice is done, remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Add in the 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 cup of cilantro, and juice of 1 lime.
What I did with this recipe was try to make my favorite bowl from Chipotle.
Question: Have you ever tried to recreate one of your favorite dishes from a restaurant?