Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Copy Cat Cafe Rio Rice

I made this rice to go with my Copy Cat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork because you need some good cilantro lime rice in your homemade Cafe Rio burrito or salad. We love to put a large tortilla in a pie tin, cover it with shredded cheese, and broil it until the cheese is nice and bubbly! Then we cover it with black beans, this yummy rice, and sweet pork. Add some lettuce, pico, avocado, and tomatillo dressing and you've got something worth staying home for! 

This recipe is simple- rice, chicken bouillon, cilantro, green chiles, and fresh lime juice. Waiting to add the cilantro until after the rice is cooked brightens the flavor, and waiting to add the lime juice keeps it tasting fresh. Even if you're not making a full-on Cafe Rio meal, this rice is the perfect side dish for weeknight taco nights. Or, I'm just thinking out loud here, add black beans and some toppings and you've got a full on meal! I love food. -sigh-

I'll admit. Cooking rice stresses me out, so I always use a rice cooker and this recipe works great. You can make it on the stove it you want to.

Copy Cat Cafe Rio Rice


  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tbs chicken bouillon
  • 2 oz diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • lime juice, to taste

  1. In a rice cooker, combine rice, water, bouillon, and chiles. Cook until rice is done.
  2. Toss in chopped cilantro and squeeze in fresh lime juice. (I used about 1/2 a lime.) Serve immediately with Cafe Rio Sweet Pork.
**Tip! You'll only use half a can of green chiles, so use the rest to make some awesome black beans. Drain one can of black beans and put them in a microwave safe bowl. Stir in the green chiles. Add 1/2 tsp of cumin and microwave for 2-3 minutes, until warmed through. Throw them into your burritos or salad with the rice and you'll be happy! 

Bake the bread. Share the slices. 

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