Cafe Rio has a rice that pairs well in a loaded burrito smothered with enchilada sauce or in their Mexican salads. I usually have it on the side along with my Pork Barbacoa taco.
I could never figure out what the green woody things were, but after reading the recipe from Favorite Family Recipes, it must be cilantro. I like this recipe better than the one at Cafe Rio, which tastes a little too lime-y to me.Uncooked long grain rice is combined with butter, garlic and lime juice.
Look my post for my secret to fluffy rice. I did this simple step in addition to the recipe.
Fortunately, I found a bunch of limes on sale last year, squeezed them and put them in ice cube trays. Another great tip!
While the lime juice was thawing out, I prepared my chicken broth. I love the chicken base from McCormicks that you can keep in your fridge for a long, long time. Costco has now begun selling another brand that is lower in sodium, which I haven't tried yet. The recipe calls for 15 oz. canned broth and I made 2 c. with the chicken base.
I added 1 teaspoon of lime juice to the rice mixture and brought it up to a boil. I love these glass lids that let me know when it's boiling! Reduce the temp to low and cook for 20-25 minutes (rather than the 15-20 as the recipe states).
I had 1 T. of lime juice left, to which I added 2 t. of sugar.
Thank you, Family Favorite Recipes!
Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice Copycat
adapted from Family Favorite Recipes