Cilantro Lime Rice for a Crowd

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We use this recipe for lime rice in a few different dishes including Fiesta Vegetable Bowls, Seasoned Beans and Rice, and (our favorite) Cafe Rio Salads for a Crowd (recipe coming soon!) There’s something about adding a hint of lime and chicken broth to plain white rice that makes it so delicious. Another fantastic benefit of of this dish is it is really inexpensive (about $5 to feed 16 people 2/3-cup serving) and naturally gluten-free. Enjoy!

Cilantro Lime Rice for a Crowd

Cafe Rio Copycat Cilantro Lime Rice for a crowd
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 people
Calories 140kcal
Author Megan
Cost $5


  • Stock Pot


  • 3 tablespoon Butter
  • 6 cups White Rice
  • 12 cups Chicken Broth vegetable broth for vegetarian option
  • 3 Limes zested and juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon Dehydrated Onions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro chopped


  • Add the rice and butter in a large stock pot over medium high heat.
  • Brown the rice by cooking in butter about 5 minutes. Add broth, zest, juice dehydrated onions, and salt and cover with a lid.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until water is fully absorbed, and rice can be fluffed with a fork.
  • Top with chopped cilantro.


    1. Ha! Small oversight on my part! Sorry about that. I just updated the recipe to state 4 Tablespoons cilantro. Mix it in as you fluff it with a fork after it is done cooking and you will be golden. Enjoy!

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