Monday, August 8, 2011

Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice Fail

You can't win 'em all. It's been a while since I had a massive fail in the kitchen. Cilantro lime rice a la Chipotle's from Gina's Skinny Recipes broke my successful streak.
I have no idea what happened. I followed the recipe exactly. No changes what so ever.  I even used long grain rice.  Maybe that was the problem.  Could it be that I've gotten so used to Jasmine rice that ordinary rice tastes weird?  Or maybe the cilantro from the garden was bad.  I did harvest the last of it before it went to seed.  I did wonder if the lime juice I used was the culprit.  It said it had a whole month left before it expired, but maybe it went bad early.  I tossed it out just to be safe.

It was so weird.  The first two bites tasted awesome, then it was just plain gross.  Blockette said the same thing.  I've never known something to taste good for the first few bites and then so nasty from then on.  I painfully pitched the rest of the rice in the garbage, including the stuff I heaped on our plates.  Luckily, Mrblocko had to work late that night, so he didn't have to suffer through my kitchen disaster.

Chipotle's "Skinny" Cilantro Lime Rice from Skinny Taste
1 cup extra long grain rice or basmati rice
1/2 lime, juice of
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
3 tsp vegetable oil

In a small heavy pot, add rice, water, 1 tsp oil and salt. Boil on high until most of the water evaporates. When the water just skims the top of the rice, reduce to low and cover about 15 minutes. Shut off flame and keep covered an additional 5 minute. In a medium bowl, combine chopped cilantro, lime juice, rice and remaining oil and toss until completely mixed.


  1. I only use fresh lime juice, maybe that was it? You are the first person reporting this to fail.


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