Instant Pot Mexican Rice

02.18.2018

This Instant Pot Mexican Rice will likely become a new go-to side dish to your favorite Mexican food! It’s easy to make and cooks quickly in the pressure cooker, plus it has that delicious, authentic tomato based flavor. I’ve already made this four times and I plan to make it many more, my family loves it!

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Don’t ask my why it took me so long to start using my Instant Pot. My mother-in-law gave me one for Christmas over a year ago and I kept waiting to use it. I thought it might be tricky or something.

But now I’ve started using it on a regular basis. I just love how quickly things cook in it, plus I love that it has a saute feature so you aren’t using two pots.

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This Mexican Rice really is unbelievably easy to make and it tastes like the rice you’d get from a restaurant. This recipe uses white rice but sometime in the future I’d like to figure out how to make it with brown rice.

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

This recipe comes from my blogging friend Barbra Shieving’s new cookbook The Electric Pressure Cookbook.

I’m loving this cookbook and have bookmarked so many things to make. It already has 4.8-star ratings from an average of 134 reviews on Amazon! If you own a pressure cooker you need this book!

It is filled with 200 fast and foolproof recipes so you can put your new pressure cooker to great use! It also has an introductory section with information about how to get the most of of your pressure cooker which is awesome because how many of us aren’t pros with a pressure cooker?

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Some of the recipes I have bookmarked to try (all of which are made in whole or in part in the pressure cooker/Instant Pot) are Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Carne Asada Tacos, White Chicken Chili, Minestrone, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Better-than-Take-Out Sweet-and-Sour Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala and Rice, Weeknight Chocolate Cake, Honey Sesame Chicken and many more!

Also check out Barbara’s food blogs Pressure Cooking Today and Barbara Bakes, both great blogs to follow!!

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

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Instant Pot Mexican Rice

5 from 3 votes

This Instant Pot Mexican Rice will likely become a new go-to side dish to your favorite Mexican food! It's easy to make and cooks quickly in the pressure cooker, plus it has that delicious, authentic tomato based flavor.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 (8oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice

Instructions

  1. Select saute/browning on pressure cooker, once it reads "hot" add vegetable oil and onions, saute 2 - 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer (if using garlic powder add along with other spices).

  2. Press "cancel" then pour in chicken broth, water, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste, stir. Mix in rice. 

  3. Lock the lid in place, make sure valve is set to "sealing" position, select manual (or high pressure) and 4 minutes cook time. 

  4. When the cook time ends, turn the pressure cooker off and let the pressure release naturally for 10 - 15 minutes

  5. Once steaming stops finish using the quick pressure release method according to manufacturers instructions. Fluff rice with a fork and serve warm.

  6. Recipe source: recipe adapted from The Electric Pressure Cookbook by Barbara Shieving

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Instant Pot Mexican Rice - this will likely become a new go-to side dish to your favorite Mexican food! It's easy to make and cooks quickly in the pressure cooker, plus it has that delicious, authentic tomato based flavor. I've already made this four times and I plan to make it many more, my family loves it! #mexicanrice #rice #sidedish #instantpot #recipe

17 comments

  • Connie Walker: Can the rice dish ne made in the oven or sliw cooker February 19, 2018 at 4:25am Reply

  • John Whitfield: Sounds real good February 19, 2018 at 4:35am Reply

  • Carol G: I have her cookbook and have been using it nonstop….SO many good recipes to make and everyone I’ve tried so far has been a huge hit. This rice looks delicious…..what a time saver from the one I make in the oven that takes almost an hour! Looking forward to making it as a side for our next Mexican themed dinner. February 19, 2018 at 6:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Such a great cookbook! Barbara is the queen of pressure cooker recipes!
      I hope you love this rice Carol! February 19, 2018 at 10:54am Reply

  • Roger: Loved the rice recipe. I added red and green peppers and black beans and cilantro at the end. Paired with a grilled skirt steaks seasoned with chipotle salt and smoked bl pepper. February 21, 2018 at 4:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the review Roger! So glad you enjoyed it! February 21, 2018 at 10:30am Reply

  • Vera Shepherd: I made this with brown rice but cooked it for 22 minutes on high pressure in my electric pressure cooker. Thanks for the recipe! March 16, 2018 at 7:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad to hear it worked out well with brown rice, I’ll have to try that next! Thanks for your feedback Vera! March 20, 2018 at 6:03pm Reply

  • Natalie: Can you throw black beans in and have a fun combination dish? If so would it be canned or dry? March 21, 2018 at 11:53am Reply

  • Sarah: What is the measurement when using garlic powder? April 16, 2018 at 5:22pm Reply

  • Linda: Made this last night. Amazing recipe! May 19, 2018 at 10:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Linda! Glad you enjoyed it! May 21, 2018 at 2:29pm Reply

  • Sandra: If I need to triple this recipe, should I also triple the cook time? May 21, 2018 at 4:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I can’t say for sure without further testing as to what amounts and times will work. June 9, 2018 at 12:15pm Reply

  • Denise: Can I double this recipe? Cooking for 20 folks. Taco bar party. If so, is cook time the same? May 26, 2018 at 8:10am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tried so I can’t say for sure on the time, sorry. I imagine doubling would be fine as long as it doesn’t go past the fill line. May 26, 2018 at 11:51am Reply

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