Qdoba Cilantro Lime Rice Copycat Recipe

Qdoba Cilantro Lime Rice Copycat Recipe

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I have a downfall — Qdoba black bean and shredded beef burritos…with their special hot sauce. I know they have their new brown rice, but I think the Qdoba Cilantro Lime Rice totally makes it (and I compromise with a whole wheat tortilla).

Qdoba Cilantro Lime Rice Copycat Recipe

This Qdoba Cilantro Lime Rice is my “go-to” rice for ANY Mexican dishes that I make at home now… I am just careful about how much cilantro I use – too much and you get that “soapy” taste.

Why does Cilantro taste soapy?

Not everyone thinks cilantro tastes like soap, only certain people do. These people have a variation in a group of olfactory-receptor genes that allows them to strongly perceive the soapy-flavored aldehydes in cilantro leaves. I guess that means I’m just lucky and have that sensitive tastebud collection.

This video explains it further and better than I can…

Here is the funny part: it is really good for you! True, most green leafy things are – but the Hispanic culture really embraces it.

Coriander is evil too!

Actually – they are from the same plant as Cilantro is the Spanish name for coriander leaves. Meanwhile, the dried seeds of the plant are called coriander, and what we find in our spice cabinet.

I don’t like either of them, LOL. Much.

I did find a great article on 7 different things you can substitute for coriander.

Does Qdoba brown rice have cilantro?

Yes, but they also add a few other treats to give it a slightly different flavor profile than the white rice that has the lime. The brown rice recipe has items like garlic, onions, and a hint of red chilis along with that cilantro.

Qdoba Cilantro Lime Rice Bowl

That is currently my favorite way to enjoy this rice right now. I put some of the Qdoba lime rice in the bowl, add a scoop of my home-canned black beans, and then top with either diced chicken breast or shredded seasoned pot roast. I basically garnish it with grated cheddar cheese or queso fresco, shredded lettuce, guacamole, and then throw a little of my favorite hot sauce on it. I am a sucker for Cholula – just remember the bottle with the wooden ball on top!

Qdoba cilantro lime rice easy recipe

Yes, when you read the recipe you will say “Is that it?” It is SO freaking easy! It really is a one-pot gem and super versatile. I make this in a double batch and then keep it in the fridge and use it up over the week in anything from that rice bowl to even stuffing inside burritos or quesadillas.

Qdoba Cilantro Lime Rice Ingredients

You will need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup (loose) chopped cilantro – or less if you are like me and find it “soapy”.

How to make Qdoba Cilantro Lime Rice:

Bring water to a boil; stir butter and rice into the water.
Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until rice is tender for 20 minutes.
Stir lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro into cooked rice just before serving.

That is it!
SUPER easy and well worth making it yourself, as you save BIG bucks with an inexpensive staple like rice.

To use it, just add some inside your burritos or soft shell tacos — it helps stretch the meat, adds flavor, and saves a few pennies.

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Other articles you may find helpful:

Refreshing Coconut Lime Cookies

Cilantro Lime Steak

What is the Difference Between Limes and Key Limes?

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