Instant Pot Mexican Rice – easy, quick, restaurant style Mexican Rice made in the Instant Pot. Serve it as a side dish or along with tacos, burritos, wraps!
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Mexican food is quite a favorite around here. In fact the first food that I warmed up to besides Indian was Mexican and it continues to be my favorite. While we get really good Mexican food here, I really had the best one in Mexico itself.
You clearly get the best food at it’s place of origin. Isn’t it?
I remember we went on to this trip to Chichen Itza from Cancun and in between somewhere we ate tacos with veggies and those were the best soft tortillas I have ever eaten! So good! I didn’t even need anything fancy topping, it was that good. I wish I could make tortillas like that at home, well maybe someday.
For now, let’s talk about Mexican Rice! So my most pinned recipe and one of my most popular posts on the blog is this – Vegetarian Mexican Rice. It’s a super simple recipe but people really like it.
Because you guys love it so much, I thought I should share an instant pot version of the same too. I tried to make it even more simpler. Less ingredients, less prep work and restaurant style Mexican Rice all made in the IP!
The recipe for this Instant Pot Mexican Rice is really simple but it took me several tries to get it right. When you use thick canned tomatoes in your IP, the sauce can get stuck at the bottom. The pot doesn’t come to pressure and you get the burn message.
Fir my first trial, I did everything as usual and stirred the tomato along with everything. The pot did not come to pressure. I did not get the burn message and the rice got cooked too (because it was covered for so long) but I obviously couldn’t share the recipe with you.
So for the next trial, I again did everything as usual but this time around added the tomatoes at the very end didn’t stir it. And that was it, perfect Mexican Rice in the Instant Pot! The key is not stir the tomatoes especially when there isn’t enough liquid to begin with.
This Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe
✓ is easy, one-pot recipe
✓exactly like the one you get at restaurants
✓ great as a side or inside tacos/burritos
✓ vegan & gluten-free
I have used basmati rice in this recipe. I know it is not the traditional rice to make Mexican Rice but that’s what I had at home and it worked out quite well for the recipe. If you change the rice, the water quantity might change too. So stick to basmati recipe for this recipe.
This recipe is relatively simple with garlic, onions, jalapeño, pepper and cilantro. You can even add corn here. A squeeze of lime juice at the end would be nice too! The recipe is easily customizable.
I make a big batch of this instant pot Mexican rice for summer parties and get togethers. First of all I don’t need to turn off my stove in this heat so that’s a huge plus!
And second, this rice can be pretty much used as a side or a main along with tacos/burritos. I love the versatility and ease of this dish!
Method – How to Make Instant Pot Mexican Rice
Rinse the rice until water turns clear. Then drain the water and let the rice dry.
1- Press the saute button on your Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add oil to the pot. Then add the rice and cook for 4-5 minutes until toasty.
2- Add the bell pepper, jalapeno, onion, garlic and saute for 1 minute.
3- Add the cumin, salt and saute for 30 seconds.
4- Now add the water and stir to deglaze the pot (there shouldn’t be anything sticking to the bottom).
5- Add the canned crushed tomatoes on top. Do NOT STIR.
6- Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. The pressure valve should be in the sealing position.
7- Let the pressure release naturally for 2 minutes and then do a quick pressure release. Open the pot, now carefully stir the tomato with the rice using a spoon. Cover pot with a glass lid, let it remain like that for 2 minutes.
8- Remove the lid and add the cilantro. Fluff the rice with a fork. You may squeeze in some fresh lime juice.
Serve Mexican Rice as a side or with beans or inside tacos, burritos! Enjoy!
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Instant Pot Mexican Rice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup basmati rice 200 grams, rinsed until water turns clear and drained until dry
- 1/2 red bell pepper finely chopped
- 1 jalapeño seeded & chopped
- 1 small red onion finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 cup water 8 oz
- 1 cup crushed canned tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons cilantro minced
- lime juice optional
- Rinse the rice until water turns clear. Then drain the water and let the rice dry.
- Press the saute button on your Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add oil to the pot. Then add the rice and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until toasty.
- Add the bell pepper, jalapeno, onion, garlic and saute for 1 minute.
- Add the cumin, salt and saute for 30 seconds.
- Now add the water and stir to deglaze the pot (there shouldn't be anything sticking to the bottom).
- Add the canned crushed tomatoes on top. Do NOT STIR.
- Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. The pressure valve should be in the sealing position.
- Let the pressure release naturally for 2 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.
- Open the pot, now carefully stir the tomato with the rice using a spoon. Cover pot with a glass lid, let it remain like that for 2 minutes.
- Remove the lid and add the cilantro. Fluff the rice with a fork. You may squeeze in some fresh lime juice.
- Serve Mexican Rice as a side or with beans or inside tacos, burritos!
64 thoughts on “Instant Pot Mexican Rice”
Can this recipe be scaled up?
yes it can be scaled, the cooking time will remain same
This is delicious- but each time I’ve followed this recipe exactly it burns in my instant pot.
the newer models especially the 8qt are quite prone to the burn message unfortunately. Try adding little more water next time and make sure nothing is stuck at the bottom of the pot.
Love your blog Manali! Everything always turns out so good! You are my go-to person now for trying new recipes! This Mexican rice is my granddaughter’s favorite
Thank you Lina!