Instant Pot Mexican Rice

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Fluffy, flavorful, and easy to make, this tasty Instant Pot Mexican Rice is sure to become your new favorite side dish! Made with just 5 simple pantry ingredients, this recipe takes just 20 minutes to whip together!

A bowl of Instant Pot Mexican rice.

Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe

You are going to love this recipe! It’s a great addition to Taco Tuesday with some of my delicious Instant Pot Black Beans. And if you’re a burrito bowl lover then this Mexican rice makes the perfect bottom layer to my Air Fryer Chicken Breasts and all the fixing like cheese, salsa, and Guacamole.

But not only is it easy to make, but this Instant Pot Mexican rice is tasty too! You can thank some taco seasoning, chicken broth, olive oil, and tomato sauce for that. Just those basic ingredients alone turn simple white rice into a yummy side dish loaded with flavor.

Cooked Mexican rice in the Instant Pot.

All you have to do is accurately measure out the ingredients and the Instant Pot does the rest! In fact, cooking rice in the Instant Pot is one of the easiest ways to make rice that turns out perfectly cooked every time. But if you’ve tried my Instant Pot Coconut Rice or Instant Pot Sushi Rice then you already know this and this Instant Pot Mexican rice is just another fantastic option for you to choose from!

A bowl of Instant Pot Mexican rice.

How To Make Mexican Rice in the Instant Pot

This IP recipe only requires a handful of ingredients that you can find at any market! 

  • Long Grain White Rice – Any type of long-grain white rice will work. I used jasmine rice. 
  • Chicken Stock – You can also use vegetable stock, beef stock, or even water. Just keep in mind that water will result in blander Mexican rice. 
  • Taco Seasoning – You’ll need a package of store-bought taco seasoning or spice mix. You can also make your own homemade taco seasoning if you like. 
  • Olive Oil – I like the flavor that olive oil adds to the rice. Yet, vegetable oil is another option. However, you can omit the oil if you prefer.
  • Tomato Sauce – You need a can of tomato puree. If you don’t have any on hand leftover pasta sauce could work in a pinch.

Cooked Mexican rice in the Instant Pot.

Once you have all your ingredients together this Instant Pot Mexican rice comes together in a snap!

To begin, add the uncooked rice to the pot of the IP followed by the chicken stock, taco seasoning, olive oil, and tomato sauce. Then close the lid and turn the valve to the sealing position.

Now, press the pressure cook button and set the time for 5 minutes on HIGH pressure.

Cooked Mexican rice in the Instant Pot.

After the Instant Pot is done cooking, let the steam naturally release for 10 minutes. Then turn the valve to quick release and let the remainder of the steam escape.

Once all the steam has released and the pin drops, open the lid and stir the rice a bit. Then put the Mexican rice in a bowl and serve!

A bowl of Instant Pot Mexican rice.

Cooking Tips

  • Do not add any mix-ins like beans, corn, or green peas until after the rice is done cooking.
  • Be careful not to overmix the cooked rice. You just want to distribute the tomato sauce and fluff it up a bit.
  • You must let the steam naturally release for 10 minutes. Not doing so will result in rice that is not properly cooked.

A bowl of Instant Pot Mexican rice.

Can I Use Brown Rice?

Brown rice will not work for this recipe because it requires a longer cooking time and a different ratio of rice to liquid.

How to Store Cooked Rice?

Leftover Instant Pot Mexican rice will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months when stored in an airtight container or sealed freezer bag.

Cooked Mexican rice in the Instant Pot.

What To Serve With Mexican Rice

Mexican rice is a super versatile side dish that you can serve with other Latin-inspired dishes like Chicken Fajitas, Baked Salsa Fish, or Beef Enchiladas.

It can also be served with some simple Pinto Beans as a vegetarian meal. I’ve even served this yummy rice with my Mexican Scrambled Eggs for breakfast! So be as creative as you like. This rice pairs well with almost any dish.

A bowl of Instant Pot Mexican rice.

More Easy Instant Pot Recipes

If you enjoyed learning how to make Mexican rice in the Instant Pot then I welcome you to check out some of my other IP recipes! These are just a few of my favorite dishes.

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Instant Pot Mexican Rice

This tasty quick and easy Instant Pot Mexican Rice is fluffy and flavorful! Made with just 5 simple pantry ingredients, this recipe takes just 20 minutes to whip together!
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Pressure Release13 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: Instant Pot Mexican Rice, Instant Pot Rice, Mexican rice
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Diet: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 296kcal

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Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid on the Instant Pot. Then turn the valve to the sealing position. Now, press the pressure cook button and set the time for 5 minutes on HIGH pressure.
  • Once the Instant Pot is done cooking let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. Then quick release the remaining steam.
  • After all the pressure is released and the pin drops, remove the lid and mix the rice a bit. Then transfer the Mexican rice to your serving dish and enjoy.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Kristin S.
    Kristin S. says:

    5 stars
    I make this recipe often, because it’s so easy and flavorful without expensive ingredients. Sometimes I make it a 1-pot meal, by chopping an onion and bell pepper (any color) and cutting up a kielbasa (which is sold fully cooked). I put the olive oil from the recipe in alone, turn on sauté, and add the veggies & meat just until onions turn translucent, so very fast. (Sometimes I even cheat more with 2-3 handfuls of Frozen Peppers & Onions Blend instead!) Hit Cancel. Add everything but the tomato sauce, pushing rice down into the liquid if needed, then pour tomato sauce on top to avoid a Burn Notice. Follow the rest of the cooking directions normally. Excellent 1-pot meal. Could probably use any raw thawed meat cut into bite sizes if you saute to brown before adding veggies, but the flavor of Polish Sausage is particularly yummy with this rice recipe, and so fast.

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