Instant Pot Mexican Rice

February 18, 2018

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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

Mexican Rice in the Instant Pot

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.

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 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’s 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

How to Make Mexican Rice in the Instant Pot

  • Saute onions and garlic on saute setting then select cancel.
  • Pour in chicken broth, water, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste, stir. Mix in rice.
  • Lock the lid in place, make sure valve is set to “sealing” position, select manual (or high pressure) and 4 minutes cook time.
  • When the cook time ends, turn the pressure cooker off and let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
  • Once steaming stops finish using the quick pressure release method according to manufacturers instructions. Fluff rice with a fork and serve warm.

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

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Instant Pot Mexican Rice
4.1 from 20 votes

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

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.
Servings: 8
Prep5 minutes
Cook20 minutes
Ready in: 25 minutes

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
  • 1 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

  • 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).
  • 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. 
  • Lock the lid in place, make sure valve is set to "sealing" position, select "manual" mode and 4 minutes cook time. 
  • When the cook time ends, turn the pressure cooker off and let the pressure release naturally for 10 - 15 minutes
  • Once steaming stops finish using the quick pressure release method according to manufacturers instructions. Fluff rice with a fork and serve warm.
  • Recipe source: recipe adapted from The Electric Pressure Cookbook by Barbara Shieving
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Mexican Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 176mg8%
Potassium 222mg6%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 275IU6%
Vitamin C 3.4mg4%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.
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58 Comments

  • Deanna

    This was very tasty.
    After enjoying it as a side the first night, we used the rice as a base for next day leftovers – Mexican Fried Rice – so good!

  • Roni

    Too mild. Next time I will add more of the seasonings, extra chicken flavor, maybe tomato paste, garlic, etc. It cooked perfectly, just drab.

  • jordi

    Here’s my experience. I’m using the 6qt Instant Pot. When I make regular rice the instructions are 2 cups rice to 2 cups water with very little variance.

    So why with double the amount of liquid do I always get the BURN notice? After the first time I sautéed the onion and then turned the unit off, removed the pot and added the liquid. I let the pot and unit cool down and then attempted to make the rice. I still get the BURN notice. We love this recipe but I wish someone could figure out why this keeps happening. I’ve never used the RICE button so I don’t know if that’s an option.

    • Corrie

      When going from sautee to pressure you need to add water and FULLY deglaze the pan and make sure nothing is stuck. Then add the rest of your ingredients and follow directions. If anything is stuck it doesn’t seal and gives burn notice, it’s a safety feature.

      • jordi

        An update on my experience with the dreaded BURN notice. I tried this recipe using PARBOILED rice and it works better. I was using regular white rice before.

        I have the 6 quart Instant Pot and when we tried to cook any more than 2 cups of rice the burn notice would come up. Now that we are using parboiled rice we don’t have a problem

  • Jocelyn

    I have made this dish before and it was very popular, but I volunteered to make it for a larger family gathering and I need to double the recipe. Is that an option in one batch or should I plan on making two separate batches?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      It would probably work to double in a larger instant pot but without testing I can’t say for sure.

      • Catalinas

        I’m using the 8qt. I read your note on the burn rice, yes, mine got burned.
        I can’t make more rice than that because it’s just my husband and I.

  • Kim Muller

    For those getting a burn notice…are you using an 8 qt IP? When I’ve cooked 2 cups of rice in my 8 qt IP, I’ve gotten a burn notice. When I make 3 cups – no burn notice. I think the 8 qt is too wide for that amount of rice. I will be making this recipe in a couple days and I will make 1-1/2 times to avoid the burn.