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Qdoba Brown Rice Copycat Recipe

Qdoba Brown Rice Recipe

Craving the unique flavors of Qdoba’s signature brown rice but can’t make it to the restaurant? Fret not, you can recreate the magic in your kitchen! Qdoba’s brown rice recipe.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 170kcal



  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Sauté onions until translucent (about 5 minutes).
  • Add garlic and jalapeños; cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Stir in rice and sauté for another minute.
  • Add vegetable broth, tomato paste, salt, and optional red pepper flakes; mix well.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer for around 45 minutes until the rice is fully cooked.
  • Remove from heat, and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff rice with a fork, stir in tomatoes and cilantro.
  • Squeeze lime juice, give a final stir, and serve.


  • If you prefer a spicier dish, you can add more jalapeños or red pepper flakes.
  • For a heartier meal, you can also add black beans or grilled chicken to the dish.
  • For a more authentic Qdoba experience, serve the rice with other toppings such as salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of salt and spices according to your taste preference.
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