chili lime rice in a skillet topped with cilantro

Chili Lime Rice Recipe

The ever popular cilantro lime doesn’t quite get made the same in our house. We make this version of Jalapeno Lime Rice in this house. It takes your cilantro lime rice up a notch with a touch of heat. I prefer this over any other cilantro lime rice.

What is Jalapeno Rice?

Jalapeno Rice is basmati or jasmine rice that has been toasted in butter with fresh jalapenos and then cooked until fluffy with salt and lime juice.

This rice uses broth rather than water to cook through and is finished off with fresh cilantro.

This recipe is very similar to cilantro lime rice but with a spicy kick!

ingredients to make chili lime rice


  • butter
  • jalapeno
  • rice (we prefer basmati or jasmine)
  • salt
  • chicken stock (or water)
  • cilantro
  • lime

 How to make Chili Lime Rice

(full recipe card below)

  1. Add the butter to a large skillet and allow it to melt.
  2. Add in the jalapeno and sautee briefly, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the dry (uncooked) rice to the skillet stirring frequently to toast the rice. Toast the rice for about 1 minute.
  4. Add in 1/2 of the lime juice and the chicken stock (or water).
  5. Cover and simmer the rice over low heat until all of the liquid is absorbed (about 15-20 minutes).
  6. Remove the lid and add in the remaining lime juice and cilantro. Stir to combine.


  • You can use any kind of rice you like, we just happen to prefer basmati or jasmine. Keep in mind that brown rice needs more liquid so you may need to add more.
  • If you’d like a less spicy rice, be sure to remove the ribs and seeds from your jalapeno.
  • If you want an additional lime flavor, I recommend adding some lime zest to the rice.

How to serve this Recipe for Lime Rice

Spicy lime rice is the perfect side dish for all of your favorite burrito bowls, tacos, or any Tex Mex dish.

I really love adding it to beef burritos inside of the tortilla. It’s also an excellent side dish for shrimp tacoscarnitas, and carne asada.

You can even make some and add it inside jalapeno poppers or in Mexican chicken and rice casserole.

Jalapeño Rice FAQs

How Spicy is Chili Lime Rice Recipe?

Chili Lime Rice is a medium level of spice. You can lower the spice level by removing the ribs and seeds from the jalapeños before adding them to the dish.

Can Lime Jasmine Rice be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! It reheats really well!

chili lime rice in a skillet topped with cilantro

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Chili Lime Rice (Jalapeno)

5 from 4 votes
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people
This Jalapeno Lime Rice combines the bright flavors of lime with the spicy touch of jalapeno. It's perfect as a side or in your burrito bowls.


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1-2 whole jalapenos depending on how spicy you want it, chopped
  • 1 cup rice basmati or jasmine
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 whole lime juiced
  • 2 cups chicken stock or water
  • 1 handful cilantro chopped


  • Add butter to a large skillet and melt.
  • Add in your jalapeno and saute briefly, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in your rice and stir frequently. Toast rice for about 1 minute.
  • Add in a pinch of salt and half of the lime juice.
  • Add in the chicken stock and stir to combine.
  • Cover with a lid and allow it to simmer for 15-20 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Uncover the rice and add in the remaining lime juice and cilantro.
  • Stir to combine and serve it up!


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 142kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 49mg, Potassium: 108mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 105IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex

Hi! I’m Kara!

Kara loves all things food and spending time with her family and dogs. She has a passion for cooking and loves making yummy, family-friendly recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Omg I made this exactly and it was fantastic! Next time I’ll add more cilantro and lime, and this will be a new rice staple in our house! Fantastic!

  2. Soooo good, I have a jalapeño plant that’s been really good to us all year so I searched for what I can do with them and this recipe is soooo good! Thank you!

  3. Recently went to a restaurant on vacation. Had jalapeño cilantro rice. So good. Looked up recipes. This one looked the best. It was really easy and turned out so good. Husband said it’s a keeper!