Recently, a Chipotle Mexican Grill opened up near my house… Okay, it’s not actually that close, it’s about 20 minutes away. But, that’s close enough for me. Before that, I had to go to Baltimore or New York to get my Chipotle fix.
The thing is, it’s not entirely a good thing that Chipotle opened up. I now have a serious problem – I want to go there almost every day. It’s almost as bad as my Starbucks addiction. Interestingly enough, there’s a Starbucks right beside Chipotle – double trouble. So, I have promised myself that I will go to Chipotle no more than once a week.
Instead, I decided that I would make some burritos at home, in an attempt to save my weekly Chipotle visit for another day. I made my usual cilantro and lime marinated steak fajitas on the grill, but chicken, pork, or veggie fajitas would be great, too. Since the fajita burritos at Chipotle are made with a delicious cilantro lime rice, I decided I would try my hand at that, as well. Mine ended up being a bit stickier than theirs, although that didn’t bother me. You could add a bit of olive oil and use a little less water. Overall, the burritos turned out pretty well – and I’m pretty sure they were a bit healthier than the original at Chipotle. They are definitely worth a try if you are a Chipotle fan like I am. Here’s the recipe for the rice.
Cilantro Lime Rice
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup long grain rice
- 1 lime, zest and juice
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- Kosher salt
- Handful cilantro, chopped
Bring the water to a boil in a small sauce pan. Stir in the rice, lime juice, and lime zest. Season with salt. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat, and add the chopped cilantro. Stir to mix with the rice and serve immediately. If you don’t want to make burritos, the rice would make a beautiful side dish garnished with cilantro and lime slices.
If you do choose to make burritos, place the tortillas between two damp paper towels and microwave for 10 – 15 seconds. Fill the tortillas with some of the sliced steak and vegetables. Top with the cilantro lime rice and your favorite fajita toppings. I added sour cream, lettuce, and tomato. Roll the burrito, tucking in the sides as you go. Serve immediately.