Confession. I used to purchase boxed Mexican rice mixes to prepare as a side for our enchiladas. They were easy to make and pretty inexpensive, especially if you caught them on sale. Then I realized that they were full of sodium, MSG, and other ingredients that I wasn't quite sure of.
I found that it was incredibly simple to prepare your own Mexican rice at home, and in the long run it's probably cheaper too (and definitely better for your health!). I have a couple different recipes I like to use, but today I'm going to share the one I've been using the most lately: Cilantro Lime Rice.
Cilantro and lime are a classic combination and go great with most Mexican meals. What's great is cilantro is incredibly cheap, about 50 cents for a whole bunch. This is a simple, inexpensive and easy way to dress up rice for your side dish and it gives you the ultimate control over your ingredients.
These Caribbean Black Beans would be great on top of this Cilantro Lime Rice. As a side dish, I think the rice would pair great with this Grilled Chile-Lime Chicken or Caramelized Chile Shrimp.