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Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe

This is Instant Pot Mexican Rice is the perfect side dish to serve for mealtime, a fiesta, or another special occasion.

Enjoy the flavorful blend of jalapeno, cilantro, crushed tomatoes, and other seasonings in this quick and easy Mexican rice recipe.

I’m always on the lookout for new side dish options to serve my family.

Instant Pot Mexican Rice in a bowl

We fully enjoy Mexican style meals whenever possible and using my Instant Pot keeps me from spending hours in the kitchen prepping for dinner.

I love that my Instant Pot saves so much time with the process of making Mexican rice from scratch so that I can have more quality time with my family.

What spices to add to rice?

The spices and herbs that I have listed to add to rice for this Instant Pot Mexican rice recipe include garlic, paprika, cumin, oregano, and cilantro.

You’ll also want to add some salt and pepper to taste when making Mexican rice from scratch.

What can I eat with Mexican rice?

This Instant Pot recipe is the perfect side dish to serve with chicken enchiladas, shrimp tacos, Mexican stuffed peppers, or chicken tacos.

The list of what you can eat with Mexican rice can be rather endless as it all depends on your preferences of what you usually enjoy with a side dish of rice.

Mexican Rice in a bowl on a table

Is Mexican rice and Spanish rice the same?

While Mexican rice and Spanish rice have many similarities the key difference is that Mexican rice uses cumin while Spanish rice uses saffron.

This makes both rice options different in flavor and is worth taking a look at before you opt to make Spanish rice or Mexican rice to go with your main course meal.

This Instant Pot Mexican rice tends to have a spicy kick to it as it has both cumin and Jalapenos.

These two key ingredients make my Mexican rice a little spicier and an excellent side dish for anyone who loves to have a spicy kick to their rice.

Sometimes people refer to Mexican rice as Arroz Rojo which means red rice.

How long does Mexican rice last in fridge?

When you’re done enjoying this Instant Pot Mexican rice you may have some leftovers.

The best way to store leftover Mexican rice is in an airtight container in the fridge.

You can keep Mexican rice in the fridge for 4-6 days when it’s placed in a sealed container.

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

How do you make Mexican rice from scratch?

You’ll find the list of ingredients to make Mexican rice from scratch using your Instant Pot below. Once you have the ingredients gathered, follow my instructions to make this Mexican rice in just over 10 minutes.

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Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Ingredients For Instant Pot Mexican Rice

  • olive oil
  • rice
  • Bell pepper
  • Jalapeño
  • Garlic clove
  • paprika
  • cumin
  • oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • water
  • stock
  • crushed tomatoes
  • Lime
  • Cilantro

Directions For Instant Pot Mexican Rice

  1. Set the Instant Pot on the sauté option. Add the oil and rice and cook for 3 minutes stirring constantly. Add the pepper, jalapeño, garlic clove, and spices and sauté for 3 more minutes.
  2. Pour the water and stock and close the lid and vent.
  3. Set the Instant Pot on high pressure and cook for 5 minutes. Let it rest for 2 minutes and manually release steam.
  4. Open the lid and stir in the crushed tomatoes and petit rest for around 5 minutes.
  5. Fluff the rice and add a lemon juice squeeze.
Yield: 8

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

This is Instant Pot Mexican Rice is the perfect side dish to serve for mealtime, a fiesta, or another special occasion. Enjoy the flavorful blend of jalapeno, cilantro, crushed tomatoes, and other seasonings in this quick and easy Mexican rice recipe.

Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Rest Time 5 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Cups rice
  • 1/4 Bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeño, chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 Tsp paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Cup stock
  • 1 Cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Lime
  • Cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Set the Instant Pot on the sauté option. Add the oil and rice and cook for 3 minutes stirring constantly. Add the pepper, jalapeño, garlic clove, and spices and sauté for 3 more minutes.
  2. Pour the water and stock and close the lid and vent.
  3. Set the Instant Pot on high pressure and cook for 5 minutes. Let it rest for 2 minutes and manually release steam.
  4. Open the lid and stir in the crushed tomatoes and petit rest for around 5 minutes.
  5. Fluff the rice and add a lemon juice squeeze.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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