Flavorful, fluffy Mexican rice just like your favorite taco shop made quick and easy in the Instant Pot. The perfect side dish for tacos, enchiladas, or any Mexican dinner.
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- There’s so much flavor in this simple rice recipe, it’s almost unbelievable. Sautéed garlic, a dash of cumin, rich and slightly-sweet tomato sauce, a little salt? So easy, with such an impact. You probably didn’t even realize you could make an incredible Spanish rice with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
- It’s much faster and more foolproof than stovetop Mexican rice methods. Seriously, once you make Spanish rice in the Instant Pot, you’ll never go back. No watching the pot for the water to boil without letting it boil over. No simmering for just the right amount of time, risking the rice being under- or over-cooked if your timing is off just a little. Just perfect, fluffy, flavorful rice in roughly 15 minutes.
- Whether you cook it on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot, Mexican rice is deliciously versatile. Use it in burrito bowls, add it to tacos, or even just drizzle a little queso on top and serve it next to fajita veggies and refried beans.
- It’s important that you stir the rice constantly when you first add it to the Instant Pot, otherwise it can stick. If any of the rice sticks, it’ll throw a burn notice when you try to bring the pot to pressure. To avoid that, stir it constantly, and then when you add the chicken broth, use the spatula to scrape up any rice that might have stuck despite the stirring.
- You don’t have to toast the rice, but I highly recommend it. It’s a simple step that adds a great flavor-depth to the rice overall. I think it makes a real difference.
- Be sure to fluff the rice, rather than stir it. Stirring it will give you soft, mushy Mexican rice that still tastes delicious, yes, but isn’t quite the texture we’re aiming for. Instead, use a fork and fluff the rice, gently turning it over and breaking up the grains.
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- Instant Pot or other pressure cooker
- rubber or silicone spatula
- Set Instant Pot to Sauté mode, low heat. Add oil and warm over low heat until oil is hot and shimmering.
- Add minced garlic to hot oil. Cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly, or until garlic is fragrant.
- Add uncooked rice to Instant Pot. Cook, stirring constantly, until rice is coated in oil and lightly browned.
- Add chicken broth, salt, and cumin to Instant Pot. Stir well to combine ingredients, then pour in tomato sauce and do not stir.
- Secure lid on Instant Pot with vent in Sealing position. Set Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure for 7 minutes. Instant Pot will come to pressure, then 7-minute cook time will begin.
- Once cook time is up, carefully Quick Release pressure inside Instant Pot, but do not remove lid. Let Instant Pot sit, covered, 1 to 2 minutes, then carefully remove lid and set aside.
- Run spatula gently around side of Instant Pot to loosen rice. Fluff rice with fork then garnish with chopped cilantro and serve as desired.
- When you add the rice to the Instant Pot, stir it constantly so none of it sticks to the bottom of the pot. If any rice sticks, you’ll likely end up with a burn notice during cooking, so make sure to scrape it up with the spatula when you add the chicken broth.
- Make it Vegetarian/Vegan: Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
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