Zesty Instant Pot Mexican Rice Delight

A Vibrant Fiesta of Flavors in Minutes
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A Vibrant Fiesta of Flavors in Minutes!

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Zesty Instant Pot Mexican Rice Delight

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 22 mins Rest Time 8 mins Total Time 35 mins
Servings: 4 Estimated Cost: 5 Calories: 230
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


This is a flavor-packed side dish that will transport you to the vibrant streets of Mexico. With aromatic spices, tangy tomatoes, and fluffy long-grain rice, it's a fiesta of flavors ready in a flash!

Fiesta Ingredients


  1. Turn on the Instant Pot and select the Sauté function. Add vegetable oil and rice; cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

  2. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, water, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Stir well to combine.

  3. Close the lid and set the valve to Sealing position. Cook on High Pressure for 22 minutes.

  4. Once done, allow for a 10-minute Natural Pressure Release. Then, release any remaining pressure.

  5. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot, garnished with fresh cilantro or lime wedges if desired.


Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 230kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g7%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 630mg27%
Total Carbohydrate 43g15%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Protein 4g8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • For a vegetarian option, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • Add diced bell peppers or corn for extra nutrition and texture.
  • Adjust spice levels to your taste by increasing or decreasing the chili powder.

Keywords: Instant Pot, Mexican Rice, Side Dish, Quick, Easy

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, you can use brown rice, but the cooking time will need to be increased. Follow your Instant Pot's instructions for cooking brown rice.

Can I double or triple the recipe?

Yes, you can easily double or triple the ingredient amounts, but the cooking time will remain the same.

Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of tomato sauce?

While you can use fresh tomatoes, you may need to adjust the liquid amounts and cooking time. Tomato sauce provides a concentrated flavor and texture that works well in this recipe.

How can I store leftovers?

Store any leftover Mexican rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of broth or water to prevent drying out.

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