This Mexican Rice recipe is a must side dish when having Mexican Food. And the beauty of this recipe is that it is made in your Instant Pot Pressure cooker which means it's super easy to make!
One of the things that I often see out there is how people struggle with making rice in their Instant Pot. Not just Mexican Rice but any kind of rice.
There are different methods based on the type of rice, etc. but this Mexican Rice recipe is foolproof if you follow the directions exactly.
💭 Recipe Tip
I strongly recommend you use long-grain rice when making this recipe. Long grain rice will have a fluffy texture once cooked will short-grain rice tends to be more on the sticky side. I also suggest mild salsa for this recipe but if you like your rice on the spicier side, feel free to use salsa with a little more heat.
Mexican rice and Spanish rice are often used interchangeably in restaurants. The authentic version of both dishes typically use the same ingredients including rice, broth, some sort of tomato sauce and some seasoning. While Mexican rice uses Cumin, Spanish rice uses saffron.
🔪 Equipment Needed
You will need a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot to make this Mexican Rice recipe.
💭 Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
The Instant Pot is a combination pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer with a few other capabilities. With an Instant Pot, you can make some recipes in minutes compared to hours the traditional way. While not always the case, it's a very handy appliance if you are always on the run.
The Instant Pot comes with several safety features. If you happen to encounter an error message on the display of your IP, I suggest you visit Instant Pot's Official Customer Care Center.
If you frequently use your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, you've probably experienced a "smelly" lid. Here's a simple way to get rid of the smell.
Fill the Instant Pot with 2 Cups of White Vinegar. Seal the lid. Use the steam setting for 2 minutes. Remove the rubber ring from the lid and let dry completely before using it.
For more great recipes with Rice, I suggest you check these recipes out:
📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Mexican Rice recipe in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (see recipe card for quantities): Long Grain Rice, Vegetable Broth, Vegetable Oil, Garlic Cloves, Chili Powder, Ground Cumin, Salt, Salsa and Fresh Cilantro.
🥣 How to make Instant Pot Mexican Rice
Set the pressure cooker to sauté mode. Add the oil and the uncooked rice. Cook the rice for about 3 minutes stirring frequently until the rice turns a light golden color.
Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the salt, ground cumin, Chili powder and vegetable broth. Mix well and ensure there is no rice stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add the Salsa and stir to combine.
Seal the lid on the pressure cooker. Set to manual and cook for 5 minutes. Once done, let the pressure release naturally for about 5 minutes then release the rest of the pressure manually.
Fluff up the rice with a fork and optionally garnish with the chopped cilantro.
Instant Pot Mexican Rice
- 2 Cups Long Grain Rice, uncooked
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 2 Cups Vegetable Broth
- 2 Garlic Clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- Salt, to taste
- 1 Cup Salsa
- Fresh Cilantro, chopped
- Set the pressure cooker to sauté mode. Add the oil and the uncooked rice. Cook the rice for about 3 minutes stirring frequently until the rice turns a light golden color.
- Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the salt, ground cumin, Chili powder and vegetable broth. Mix well and ensure there is no rice stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add the Salsa and stir to combine.
- Seal the lid on the pressure cooker. Set to manual and cook for 5 minutes. Once done, let the pressure release naturally for about 5 minutes then release the rest of the pressure manually.
- Fluff up the rice with a fork and optionally garnish with the chopped cilantro.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.
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