Cilantro Lime Brown Rice (Cafe Rio)

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

This recipe is made often at our house.  We love Cafe Rio, a fresh Mexican restaurant by our house, and this rice is pretty close to their rice.  I like to make burrito bowls with it or put this over a salad with black beans, fresh corn, salsa, and guacamole.  I will post the black beans we make with it.

I could live on beans and rice for the rest of my life and probably not get sick of it. When I lived in Guatemala I fell in love with the black beans.  It was funny because people would always give us chicken or other things for dinner because they thought beans and rice were not a decent meal to serve.   I was always grateful when they kept it simple and served us home cooked black beans, rice, and fresh hand made corn tortillas.  In fact that was one of my most memorable meals in Guatemala.  Scotty and I went back to visit when I was pregnant with our first.  I wanted to go back before I had kids, I didn’t know if I would ever get to travel again.  We got lost and ended up driving a few HOURS in the wrong direction.  We finally stopped in the middle of nowhere to ask directions. They could tell we were lost and starving.  So the sweet woman took us in and fed us beans, rice, and tortillas.  They never tasted SO good.

I usually double or triple this recipe and eat it for a week, freeze it, or take it to someone who just had a baby or is need of a good dinner.

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9 Responses to Cilantro Lime Brown Rice (Cafe Rio)

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  2. marcie says:

    Can’t wait to try this! Can I use a crock pot?

    • admin says:

      Hi Marcie! I have never tried it in a crock pot? In fact I have never made rice in a crock pot before. If you have made brown rice in a crock pot and it is turned out I don’t see why this recipe would be any different. Let me know if you try it.

  3. Cecilia says:

    Hello, how would this be made in a regular cooking pot? I don’t own a rice cooker. Thanks!

  4. Melanie says:

    I just want to comment on the use of Better Than Bouillon. I used to use it for years, until I looked more closely at the label. MSG is not written out as an ingredient, but it is hiding in several ingredients (see this post
    It was such a bummer to me because I loved it and it seemed like it belonged in a real food kitchen. So, now I mostly make my own broth. I have yet to find a bouillon that meets real food standards.

  5. Chanel says:

    This recipe does not mention when to add the garlic.

    • Desi says:

      Hi Chanel! Thanks for catching that I just added it. You add the garlic along with the onions and other ingredients. You can also saute the onions and garlic in the butter if you don’t want to puree them. I have made it both ways.

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