Avocado Cilantro Lime Rice


Are you tired of the same old Mexican rice? I know I’m getting a little bored of mine because I make it with nearly every Mexican meal, so I decided to switch things up a bit. This recipe could also be called guacamole rice because it tastes just like so. I love it though because I always find myself dolloping a generous amount of guacamole over my Mexican rice all the time.

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Aren’t we all always on the lookout for a quick and easy, healthy lunch, one that isn’t boring. This rice is just what I’ve been looking for. It begins with brown rice, then it’s covered in a creamy avocado, vibrant cilantro and a zesty lime mixture. It requires minimal ingredients but together they create something completely delicious! Really though, if you say the word avocado, I’m in. I just love avocados! Lately I’ve just been mashing them up and slathering them on my toast in place of butter and surprisingly enough it tastes incredibly good. I think it’s safe to say they are one of the worlds best ingredients.

Healthy lunch or appetizer, look no further. This one you’ve got to try!


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Avocado Cilantro Lime Rice

4.67 from 3 votes


  • 4 - 5 cups cooked brown (preferably day old)
  • 2 medium ripe avocados (11 oz before peeling and coring)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 small clove garlic , minced (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste


  1. Mash avocados in a large mixing bowl. Stir in lime juice, cilantro, cumin and garlic, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in warm cooked rice and serve warm.
  2. Recipe Source: adapted with some changes from Bran Appetit

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): Oh yes please, I could eat this entire bowl! ;) Love the avocado and cilantro! June 21, 2014 at 9:53am Reply

  • Kim: What would adding lime juice to rice water do? I’ve been trying to copy Abuelos lime cilantro rice to no avail. June 21, 2014 at 9:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that would work just fine. I’ve never tried there version before but I do love cilantro lime rice. June 21, 2014 at 10:43am Reply

    • Maclaine: Adding the lime to the rice water might take away some of the lime flavor however, the main reason for the lime is to keep the avocado from turning brown and if the acid is cooked into the rice, it might not have enough contact to keep the avocado green. June 30, 2014 at 8:04pm Reply

      • J Smith: The rice is cooked first… I wish people would pay attention before responding to something… March 11, 2018 at 11:13am Reply

  • Chloe @ foodlikecake: That rice looks, and sounds, amazing!! June 21, 2014 at 10:22am Reply

  • Liz@Virtually Homemade: I absolutely love this recipe! I’m always heaping avocado on my rice at lunch. This just takes it one delicious step further. June 21, 2014 at 7:23pm Reply

  • Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com: I love the idea of making the rice creamy with avocado and I’m sure it tastes amazing! Brilliant! Pinning :) June 21, 2014 at 10:59pm Reply

  • Medeja: New way to use avocados! I will have to try it next time :) June 22, 2014 at 4:39am Reply

  • Becky: I love avocados and brown rice so I’ll definitely be trying this out ASAP! This looks delicious! X June 22, 2014 at 2:37pm Reply

  • Jennifer: So good! Tried this over the weekend and it was marvelous! I even linked to this post via a blog post I wrote with your picture of it! Loved, thank you!
    http://allthingsmessy.com/2014/06/22/weekend-summer-fun/ June 22, 2014 at 7:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Jennifer! Thanks for your feedback! June 22, 2014 at 9:50pm Reply

  • Kate @ Diethood: Now this is a way to make me eat my rice!!! WOW! Blown.away. I LOVE it! June 23, 2014 at 6:14pm Reply

  • Kelsey: I’m curious how the avocados hold up over time? Can you make this ahead and eat it over a few lunches or will it brown? It looks fantastic! June 24, 2014 at 1:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I ate mine two quick to be able to answer that but I imagine it’s like guacamole where the top layer may brown slightly but the rest remains green. I’d just cover it with plastic wrap pressing directly against the surface and that should help. July 10, 2014 at 10:47pm Reply

    • raquel: because it contains lime juice it should be good for a couple of lunches. September 17, 2015 at 4:25pm Reply

  • Amber: I made this, except I used quinoa instead of brown rice… And topped it with a few garlic-lime grilled shrimp. Absolutely AMAZING! June 27, 2014 at 10:12am Reply

  • Kristina B: I tried this last night and it was delicious. Had to leave out the cumin since I had none but I put a little cayenne pepper in for some heat. We polished it off, no left overs!! Definitely plan to make this again soon. I cheated and used 2 bags of uncle bens 90 sec rice. So glad I found this on Pinterest!! July 13, 2014 at 12:02pm Reply

  • Eileen: delicious! I will be making this often. July 16, 2014 at 12:58pm Reply

  • Tanya: Refreshing and delightful is how I described this recipe! I ate mine at room temperature and still enjoyed it. So simple yet full of flavor!! Excellent!! July 27, 2014 at 8:20pm Reply

    • Tanya: Also, I shared your recipe and your website on my blog. :) July 27, 2014 at 8:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Tanya! Thanks for leaving a review! July 27, 2014 at 9:27pm Reply

  • Mary Kay: Can you use dried ground cilantro instead of fresh? How much? August 9, 2014 at 11:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be fine, it would be about 1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp for the dried. I hope you love it! August 9, 2014 at 2:39pm Reply

  • Amy: This was delicious. Cold and warm. Me and my husband loved it. I didn’t use day old rice. But still worked well. Thank you! September 11, 2014 at 12:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear it was enjoyed! Thanks for your review Amy! September 28, 2014 at 12:38am Reply

  • Francesca: Oh my gosh this was epic! Party in the mouth! Definitely getting saved! November 28, 2014 at 1:06pm Reply

    • Lana Emigh: I totally enjoyed this dish as I from Louisiana Rice is a staple at our house it was awesome went well as a side with my lemon thicken ll February 15, 2016 at 2:32am Reply

  • Lauren Burrus: My husband HATES rice! When he does end up eating it (to make me happy and show our daughter to be grateful for food) he still doesn’t like it. I tired this recipe a few time and he actually didn’t complain :) everyone else LOVED it! Thanks December 3, 2014 at 11:14am Reply

  • RISS!: I think it’s not good way for using rice cooker. It’s much better for multicooker, I use Redmond 4502 for it, because the recipe enough difficult and It is so simple to do it in the wrong way! But it is very great! Everyone should try it! ^____^ December 13, 2014 at 6:42am Reply

  • Jo: Would you please tell me how to make the brown rice? I cant never perfect it.. Thanks sooooo much!! =) February 7, 2015 at 10:45pm Reply

  • Aldo: Why brown rice ? Can I use regular white rice ?
    Today I going to try it with my fish tacos and black beans.
    Will see. March 26, 2015 at 11:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just used it since it’s more nutritious than white but white would be just fine. Hope you love it! March 27, 2015 at 1:09am Reply

  • Leah: How many servings does this recipe make? I can’t wait to try it!!! June 2, 2015 at 3:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: About 5 – 6 servings if you do 3/4 cup per serving. June 6, 2015 at 11:17pm Reply

  • Kathy: Looks so good! I think I’ll use it as the base of a rice bowl with chicken, beans, salsa and of course, more avocado! July 28, 2015 at 1:20pm Reply

  • Miranda: Hey, just wanted to tell you that this recipe is the BEST. I am so happy that I even came across this recipe. (Pardon me for any typos I am kind of tipsy) Today has been AWFUL. My bike got stolen (while I was getting the cilantro for this recipe, haha), the bylaw officer came by this morning and told me some bad news, blah. Just an awful day. But this rice recipe truly made my night amazing. I mixed it with some chicken and green onions and my partner and I had a fantastic dinner. Thank you so much for this recipe. It quelled our moods and I feel much better for it. Fantastic guacamole-rice. August 11, 2015 at 11:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I am so happy to hear it brightened your day! August 12, 2015 at 11:35am Reply

  • Kat: I make Cilantro Lime rice all the time and it is great. The lime is a subtle taste. September 14, 2015 at 5:03pm Reply

  • Linsey: Hi there
    This recipe
    Looks great but do you think it would work wiTh quinoa? I was also thinking of adding some chicken.

    Thank you!!! November 14, 2015 at 4:42am Reply

    • Jessie: I used multigrain which had quinoa in it and it was really good. October 14, 2017 at 9:18pm Reply

  • Margarita: Hello,

    I tried your rice recipe and it was wonderful. Wanted to add that I normally don’t like brown rice but this recipe made it great! January 24, 2016 at 2:34pm Reply

  • Ana: I use to mash the avocado in my rice with some salt, but your is lovely amazing! April 10, 2016 at 9:22am Reply

  • Chei: Wow!!! An easy delicious side dish I added a few chopped green onions for crunch! A great side for BBQ’s 😋 May 7, 2016 at 6:23pm Reply

  • Manjee: Wow, this is very inventive. In South India, we eat Lime/Lemon rice – I am not a big fan of it though, I prefer Tamarind rice. But in Lemon rice we add lots of whole, dry roasted peanuts, which I love.

    And now I found out that the Mexicans eat Cilantro-Lemon rice, and today, this recipe is taking it even further….sounds too good!! I will make it and add peanuts to it.
    Thanks!! May 16, 2016 at 3:31am Reply

  • Connie: I’m low carb could I use cauliflower in the place of rice ??? May 22, 2016 at 8:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be just fine. May 22, 2016 at 3:45pm Reply

  • Deirdre Spina: Anyone know the nutritional breakdown? October 20, 2016 at 1:04pm Reply

  • Caitlyn: Do you think I am able to substitute the rice with cauliflower rice? January 26, 2017 at 11:04am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that would be fine. January 26, 2017 at 11:21am Reply

  • Deepa Garren: Great flavor!! Thanks for recipe !!😊 March 19, 2017 at 2:57pm Reply

  • G Kichidi: OMG, this was soooo delish! Sauteed the minced garlic and added some hot pepper sauce for a kick, but otherwise, just followed the recipe. Definitely making this again. Thank you. May 4, 2017 at 3:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you loved it! May 9, 2017 at 1:26pm Reply

  • Erin Frey: I loved this recipe. Next time I would only add one TBSP of lime though :) November 4, 2017 at 9:22pm Reply

  • Molly: As a millennial who loves chipotle but can’t afford a burrito bowl all the time due to being a poor college kid this is a great (and cheaper) alternative! It’s so good! I’m typing this while eating it! I added chicken in mine and some chili powder and hot sauce to give it more of a kick! Thank you for your lovely recipe! :) November 24, 2017 at 4:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Molly! Glad I could ease the wallet pain. :) November 27, 2017 at 2:27pm Reply

  • Lauren: Absolutely love this! We paired it with mozzarella and lime topped chicken and it was amazing! Definitely will make again! May 16, 2018 at 5:03pm Reply

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