Instant Pot Mexican Rice


Make Spanish rice in an Instant Pot for a wonderful side dish for any Mexican meal.

overhead angle looking down at a large bowl of Mexican rice
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil, or more as needed

  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped

  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup long-grain rice

  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken stock

  • ½ cup tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot); select sauté function and adjust to medium.

  2. Cover the bottom of the pot with avocado oil. Cook and stir onion until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

    Onions cooking in pressure cooker until fragrant.

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  3. Add rice to the pot; mix until coated with oil and lightly browned. Pour in chicken stock; stir any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.

    Rice added to pressure cooker, cooking until browned.

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  4. Pour in chicken stock; stir any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.

    chicken stock added to an instant pot

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  5. Mix in tomato sauce, salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper.

    Tomato sauce, salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper added to pressure cooker.

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    Ingredients all mixed together.

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  6. Close and lock the lid. Seal the vent and select high-pressure function. Set a timer for 7 minutes; allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  7. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to the manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir rice before serving.

    Once done cooking, stir everything together once more.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
4g Fat
41g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 788mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 186mg 4%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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