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Dive into the vibrant flavours of Mexico with this easy and delicious Instant Pot Mexican Rice recipe. It’s an excellent side dish for any meal, perfectly fluffy and bursting with spices. Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free, vegan, or plant-based option, this recipe covers you.


Ingredients for instant pot mexican rice

  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth (for a vegan or plant-based option, use vegetable broth)
  • One tablespoon of olive oil
  • One medium onion, finely chopped
  • Three cloves garlic, minced
  • One can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • One can (4 ounces) diced green chiles
  • One teaspoon of ground cumin
  • One teaspoon of chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Instructions for instant pot mexican rice

  1. Start by rinsing the rice under cold water using a fine-mesh strainer until the water runs clear. This step helps remove excess starch and prevents the rice from becoming sticky.
  2. Set your Instant Pot to sauté mode and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. To the sautéed mix, add the undrained tomatoes, diced green chiles, ground cumin, chilli powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to combine the flavours.
  4. Stir in the rinsed rice, ensuring it is evenly coated with the tomato mixture. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and mix well.
  5. Secure the lid of the Instant Pot, set the valve to sealing, and cook on manual (high pressure) for the time indicated by your appliance for cooking rice (refer to your Instant Pot’s manual for exact timing).
  6. Once the cooking cycle is complete, let the pressure release naturally. This step is crucial for ensuring your rice comes out perfectly cooked.
  7. After fully releasing pressure, open the lid and gently fluff the rice with a fork. If using, sprinkle the fresh cilantro on top for an added burst of flavour.
  8. Serve your flavorful Instant Pot Mexican Rice warm.

Serving Suggestions

Pair this Mexican Rice with Mexican-style grilled chicken, a fresh black bean salad, and slices of ripe avocado for a complete and satisfying meal. Its versatility makes it a perfect side dish for Mexican or Tex-Mex-inspired recipes.

Dietary Options

This recipe is naturally gluten-free, making it a great option for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for a vegan or plant-based variation.

Enjoy the simplicity and taste of this Instant Pot Mexican Rice, knowing it’s suitable for a wide range of dietary needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice in this recipe?

Yes, you can substitute long-grain brown rice; however, the cooking time and liquid ratio may differ. Brown rice typically requires more liquid and a longer cooking time. It’s best to check the specific cooking instructions for your type of brown rice.

Is it necessary to rinse the rice before cooking?

Rinsing the rice helps remove excess starch, preventing the rice from becoming too sticky after cooking. We recommend rinsing the rice until the water runs clear for best results.

Can I add protein to this recipe?

Absolutely! You can stir in cooked shredded chicken, beef, or even tofu after the rice has finished cooking for a heartier dish.

How can I adjust the spiciness of the recipe?

The spiciness can be adjusted by adding more or less diced green chiles and chilli powder. If you prefer a milder taste, start with less and adapt to your preference.

How long can I store the leftover Mexican rice?

The leftover Mexican rice can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Is this Instant Pot Mexican Rice recipe freezable?

Yes, this recipe freezes well. Allow the rice to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container or bag. It can be frozen for up to 2 months. To reheat, defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat in the microwave or on the stove with a splash of broth to add moisture.

Can I double this recipe in the Instant Pot?

When doubling the recipe, ensure not to fill the Instant Pot more than halfway, as rice expands while cooking. Adjust cooking times accordingly and ensure the correct liquid ratios for the best results.


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