Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice

Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice with the option of mangoes and black beans is the most addictingly delicious Mexican side that makes every meal better or just add some chicken for a complete dinner!

Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice in a black pan.


Just when I thought I couldn’t love Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe any more, it became creamilicious.  avocadolicious.  can’t stop eatilicious.

Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice in a white bowl.

Whenever I make Mexican food, AKA one of my most favorite food groups, I somehow always end up combining rice, avocados and black beans in one form or another.  The texture of the rice, the heartiness of the beans, the creaminess of the avocados spiked with cilantro and lime is a mouthful I just can’t seem to get enough of.  So in order to create the perfect bite, I combined these palate pleasing ingredients into one heavenly skillet of Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice.

Showing how to make Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice by blending ingredients in a blender.

To whip up this easy side, simply make your rice on the stove or in your slow cooker along with optional black beans if you like (and I do like).  While your rice cooks, add your avocado, sour cream, milk, cilantro, jalapeno, onion, lime juice and a splash of seasonings to your blender to create your Creamy Avocado Blender Sauce.


Showing how to make Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice by mixing the cream sauce in the rice.

Stir this velvety sauce into your cooked rice and you have the most unbelievably creamy rice that is savory, sweet and salty with a touch of tang all in one forkful.

Close up view of Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice with lime.

This Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice is also very versatile – add some tomatoes and/or corn to simmer with your rice, stir in some cheese when its all done, or toss in some Chipotle Chicken or Chili Lime Chicken to create a complete meal.  Wrap it all up in a taco, burrito or use as the base of taco salad.  Any way you devour this Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice, you won’t want to stop.

Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice in a white bowl with lime.

And for those who live for mangoes like myself, the refreshing sweet mangoes compliment the creamy avocado lime perfectly.

creamilicious.  avocadolicious.  can’t stop eatilicious.

Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice with mango on top.




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Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice

Servings: 6 servings
Total Time: 30 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

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  • 1 1/2 cups long grained rice, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups chicken broth (may sub vegetable broth)
  • 1 14.5 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • 2-3 mangoes, peeled and chopped (optional)

Creamy Blender Avocado Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I use light)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large Avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2-1 jalapeno seeded, deveined and roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup packed cilantro
  • 1/4 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice plus more to taste


  • Add rice, beans (optional) and chicken broth to a large nonstick skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low (dial should be a little above lowest setting), cover, and simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring at 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add all of the Creamy Blender Avocado Sauce ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Stir into cooked rice until well combined, adding milk if needed to reach desired consistency. Season with additional salt, pepper and lime juice to taste. Garnish with mangoes (optional).

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  1. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says

    What a Luscious, licisous, spoon licking, last of the bowl licking recipe. My tastebuds perked to attention at the mention of the lime/cilantro/avocado combo. Can’t wait to try it!! Have a nice day.

    • Jen says

      Thanks you so much Marisa! I love your luscious, licious, description – all your comments always make me happy and hungry (in a good way :)) I hope you can enjoy this rice soon and are having a fabulous week!

  2. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Jen! Two of favorite cuisines are Mexican and Cajun/Creole! I would definitely add the black beans, some corn and chicken! Stuff that in a tortilla and I’d be happy, happy! 🙂 Red beans and rice with sausage makes my tummy happy!

    • Jen says

      mmmmm, I love that you are already getting creative with the rice! black beans, corn and chicken in a tortilla sounds divine! And I am loving the combo with red beans and sausage- YUM, I am going to have to try that! xo

    • Jen says

      haha, thank you Anna! I think I am a little too comfortable making up words 🙂 hope you and your family love this rice!

  3. McKenzi says

    Looks so good! I see red onion and garlic in the blender but not on the ingredient list for the avocado sauce?

    • Jen says

      Its amazing how many times I can read over a recipe and not catch things- thank you McKenzi! I’ve corrected the recipe. Hope you love it!

  4. Audrey says

    Yummy! I am going to try this before our family reunion in 2 weeks… that way if I don’t screw it up we are adding this to the menu. I just got hungry looking at all your food pictures. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jen says

      You are so sweet Audrey, thank you for the compliments! I hope you love this and that it is a huge success at your reunion!

  5. Shelly Duggan says

    You and your recipes are BRILLIANT! Pictures are fantastic and I have been sharing and printing so many of your recipes. You are amazing! Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Jen says

      oh my goodness, you are too nice, thank you so much Shelly! I am so honored you are enjoying my site and excited for you to try so many of recipes – I hope you love them! Thanks for being such a ray of sunshine!!

  6. Ginny says

    This sounds delicious! I’m thinking of making it on a Sunday and using it as lunch for the rest of the week. Do you know how well this dish does being stored in the fridge?

    • Jen says

      Hi Ginny, sorry for my delayed response as I am just getting back from Lake Powell without any service – so my response might be coming too late! I think this should store great for 3-4 days. Enjoy!

  7. Ashley says

    While I was mixing this up in the blender I sampled the avocado sauce with a spoon. It tasted SO good I couldn’t stop eating it just straight up that way! Yuuuuum! Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! I’m having it with Chipotle Lime Chicken and adding it to my favorites in rotation!

    • Jen says

      haha – I love sampling recipes while I’m making them – actually its must – but sometimes its dangerous when its so good and not even the final product yet! I’m so happy you loved the avocado sauce so much and it sounds delicious with your Chipotle Lime Chicken – yum!

  8. Kimberly says

    OMG. I am eating this right now.
    so delicious.
    what I like best is that this is a dump and go recipe…. everything just goes into the blender, and you are done!!
    love it!

    • Jen says

      yay! I am thrilled you love this rice so much! thank you Kimberly!!

  9. Amanda says

    My hubby and I made this recipe for my birthday dinner with our friends and EVERYONE was raving about this dish. Someone even mentioned that we should sell the recipe to Chipotle and had to let them know it wasn’t my own creation to sell. 🙂

    • Jen says

      bahahaha! that’s not a bad idea 🙂 HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you had wonderful day! I’m thrilled this was such a huge hit with everyone! Thanks Amanda!

  10. Shannon says

    So delicious! Just made this rice with your beef barbacoa. I am addicted, this is definitely my new favorite! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Shannon, I’m so pleased its a new favorite -and sounds amazing with the barbacoa! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  11. Ellie says

    This avocado rice recipe is beyond fabulous and amazing. I have made it in large batches and frozen in single servings along side my tempeh vegetarian skillet and it works great – microwaving both from frozen and thawed. The blender sauce is such a good way to use up extra avocados so here’s my question – do you think the sauce could be made & frozen in small servings? Of course I’m thinking I would thaw room temperature. I like having some extra avo sauce to dollop on top of the veggie skillet. BTW – although I haven’t made many (but will soon) of your recipes, your site looks delicious and I plan on spending some quality time here.

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for your glowing review Ellie, I love hearing this recipe has become such a favorite! Yes, I do think the sauce would freeze well – yay! Have fun exploring my site!