Hi friends! This side dish is one of the standards in our household. We have taco night at least once a week – it doesn’t matter what protein… beef, turkey (our latest fave), chicken, shrimp, steak or pork (check out my pork carnitas recipe here – YUM). This goes with them all. Cilantro lime rice is quick, easy and packs a flavor punch. What’s your favorite taco night side dish?
What You Need
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- 2 cups rice
- Handful of fresh cilantro chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Juice of one lime
- 1 tbsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
Start the water in a pot and bring to a boil – add the bouillon cube (the boiling will dissolve it). You could also sub the water for chicken stock and skip the cube – the main goal is to flavor the rice. While the water is coming to a boil, in a different bowl, incorporate the cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, garlic salt + pepper. Check the taste here, if it’s too acidic (some limes produce way more juice than others) you can add a bit of water to even it out.
Once the water is at a full boil, add rice and cilantro mixture – cook per the box/bag instructions. I typically use minute rice because of ease of use and let’s be honest… time! Pull from the heat and fluff with a fork. Voila, a simple – yet delicious side dish ready to go!
Time for me to binge watch Banshee and have some wine with the hubby – Dane went down pretty easily tonight despite having been kind of a crab all day. Ahh, so is life. Happy Hump Day! ❤