the most versitale side dish

Most people focus on the main dish. Which I totally get. You want to make something incredibly yummy as the main feature…and it takes all the attention, but then the side dish lacks in luster and falls by the wayside in the taste aisle.

Something I’ve learned in the time that I’ve been cooking is that when you make STELLAR side dishes with a possibly {slightly} ordinary main dish…something magical happens. People are impressed! Serving two yummy things is much more applause worthy than only serving an impressive main dish.

Well, that’s my opinion anyway. Take it or leave it.

So here’s a recipe created by yours truly to kick up the flavor on the side of your plate:

Chili Cilantro Lime Rice

Chili Cilantro Lime Rice

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 2 tsp salt
  • dash ground pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2-3 cloves chopped garlic
  • ¼ tsp chipotle chili pepper {optional if you don’t like a little heat}
  • olive oil


1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan with 1 tsp of salt & 1 tbsp of butter.

2. Stir in rice, cover saucepan, and turn heat to a low simmer for 15-20 minutes.

3. Gently stir in lime juice, remaining salt, pepper, chipotle pepper, garlic, and a splash of olive oil. Be careful not to over stir to avoid mushy rice.

4. Lastly, toss in the chopped cilantro.


I threw this rice in some corn tortillas with black beans, cheese, and roasted veggies with tomatillo enchilada sauce on top for some simple but tasty enchiladas! You could also put this in a quesadilla, burrito, or on top of nachos. Serve it alongside of your favorite tacos or pair it with black beans! The possibilities are truly endless! Whatever your favorite Mexican dish is- serve this rice with it and your belly is sure to be grateful:)

Tomatillo Enchiladas



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