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Easy Instant Pot Mexican Rice


Whenever you pronounce the word Mexico, a lot of amazing stuff comes to your mind, starting with the unique music to the wonderful drinks and food.

Mexican food is one of the greatest foods you would definitely want to go for.

The Mexicans are very caring when it comes to their food, they make it with passion and loads of love and music.

The Spanish left a big mark on the food there, because of them the Mexican food last got larger, from corn, beans dishes to meat-based dishes, dairy products and of course RICE. 

The rice now takes a big part in the Mexican cuisine, it mixes between the two cultures the Spanish and the Mexican one.

Instant Pot Mexican Rice is delicious, easy, healthy, and cooks quickly.


Instant Pot Mexican Rice

One of the most famous rice dishes in Mexico is Mexican Rice, some people call it red rice, while others call it Spanish rice.

The name “Spanish rice” is not used by Mexicans or Mexican food enthusiasts, they usually referred to it as Arroz (“rice”) or Arroz Rojo (“red rice”).

How To Make The Instant Pot Mexican Rice?

The instant pot Mexican rice is the easy way to make the dish without letting go of any kind of flavor, and of course saving a lot of time.

Heat up the instant pot, poor in some oil or butter, and wait till it melts then add the rice.

Stir the rice in the oil till it gets brown, or at least tell it gets some color on it.

Once done, grab some tomatoes, onions, and garlic and add them to the instant pot, chop everything into small pieces and add them to the rice, you can also add some tomato paste for better coloring and strong tomato flavor.

The next step is adding all the spices you might need and stir everything until all the flavors mixes (about 4-5 minutes).

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Once you have done all that’s mentioned up there, your next move will be adding either water or chicken broth depending on what texture you want to get.

For thicker rice you have to pick the chicken broth, it gives the Mexican instant pot rice a better texture. 

Close the pot and Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for about 7 minutes, once done release the pressure for about 2 min before carefully opening the pot.


Let it rest for about 4 minutes and stir everything before you serve with some other side dishes.

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What Salsa To Use In Your Instant Pot Mexican Rice?

It usually comes to mind what is the better salsa or sauce to use in the Mexican rice instant pot.

Well, it is always to use the fresh tomato sauces, usually, the best salsa you can add to your rice is the salsa di Pomodoro, it’s a tomato based salsa, considered one of the best fresh salsas that you can add to your instant pot Mexican rice.

In case you were a bit busy to make that fresh salsa, there is always a good solution the canned salsas that you can get from any near grocery stores.

Many people consider that because it’s canned means it doesn’t contain that amazing great taste, well let me tell you something my friend, you are very wrong if you thought that it’s true.

Usually, the canned tomatoes can be even tastier and better than the fresh ones, weird right? Just don’t’ ask me why.

Try everything you can and make sure to cook with your heart and believe me everything will definitely taste a lot better.

Brown rice vs white rice in an instant pot? 

May the best win?
Cooking rice in an instant pot is always a challenge for most people cause of the rice liquid rice ratio, which needs a guide every time.


Well in this few next sentences ill guide you on how to cook the perfect instant pot rice, let’s go.

Okay, let’s start with the white rice, for this one the first thing you need to do is to rinse the rice by genteelly scrubbing it with your fingertips.

For the rice liquid ratio, for every cup of rice use a cup of water (keep in mind that 1 cup liquid is measured 250ml) if you don’t want to use water you can replace it with chicken broth or vegetable broth.

The next move will be putting some oil or butter in the instant pot, let it heat a bit then add, put the white rice in and stir for 30 seconds then add the water or the broth.

Once you do, make sure to close the instant pot immediately so you want to lose any liquids.

Press the rice button on your pressure cooker, and wait for 12 minutes.

The most important tip is to make sure you add some sea salt it gives the rice an amazing wonderful taste.

Once the 12 minutes are done let the rice rest for about 10 minutes before you serve.

Now it’s the brown rice turns, yuuup, well it’s almost the same thing except that for this rice you have to rinse it tell the water comes clear.

The other different thing between the two is the rice liquid ratio, for this rice, each cup equals a cup and a quarter of water (vegetable broth or chicken broth).

The other difference between the two is the cooking time, for this brown rice instant pot you will be needing 23 minutes for complete and great cooking.

Let it rest for about 10 minutes before you serve.

How To Make The Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Will This Mexican instant pot Rice Freeze Well?

If that was your question, my answer to you is yes.

It freezes very well, it’s clear that nowadays people attend to have less time to cook, so when they do they always want to make big quantities, and place in the freezer.

Whenever you need to taste something made at home you pull that plastic bag from the freezer and put it in the microwave, and you ready to go.

Tips for Making and Serving Instant Pot Mexican Rice:

– When sautéing the rice it can absorb almost every flavor you put in there with.

Make sure to pick the right things, For example, the butter will give it more of a toasted, nutty flavor, sesame oil will give it a bit of Asian flavor, and so on…

– When you sauté rice it gets a bit toasted on the outside, this slightly toasted exterior keeps the rice from becoming too mushy and gives it a crunchy bite.

– Once you are done cooking your instant pot rice, you can drizzle some lemon juice on the top for a better taste.

The quickest Instant Pot Mexican Rice
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: instant pot mexican rice
  • ½ tablespoon of olive oil or butter
  • ½ cup of sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of water or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup of tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon of chili powder (if you like some fired up flavor)
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of cumin
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of uncooked white rice I prefer a long grain such as basmati
  1. get your instant pot ready

  2. wash the white rice till the water comes clear

  3. once the instant pot is heated add some butter in or oil depending on your taste

  4. let the butter melt and throw the rice in

  5. let the rice to soak the butter and gets a little bit of the brown color so it keeps it crunchy maximum 5-6 minutes

  6. once the rice is ready to add the add all the other ingredients ( tomato, onions, garlic ..)

  7. add the spices and mix everything for about 4-5 minutes, till the smell of  the spices comes strong

  8. you can add tomato paste in case you wanted better colors

  9. once you did all that it’s time to add the broth or simply water ( for each cup of rice add 250 ml of water or broth)

  10. close the pot and cook on high pressure for about 8-10 minutes

  11. release the pressure and let everything to set for 5 minutes  

  12. now time to serve

Enjoy the most amazing instant pot Mexican rice you will ever have.


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    Howard Land

    My name is Land, and I am a lazy chef, I like to make easy meals that don't take usually more than 30 minutes or less. I am so excited to give the best and fast recipes from around the world to help you. Follow along on this blog where I share most of my recipes.

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