Instant Pot® Southwest Quinoa


Quinoa cooks up quickly and easily in your Instant Pot®! We like to serve this Southwest-flavored quinoa as a side dish with chicken, black beans, and sliced avocado.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • olive oil nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well

  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles (such as Rotel®)

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 medium lime, juiced


  1. Spray the inner pot of a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) with cooking spray. Add rinsed quinoa, diced tomatoes with green chiles with their juices, chicken broth, seasoned salt, chili powder, and garlic powder to the pot and stir gently. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 1 minute. Allow about 10 minutes for pressure to build.

  2. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  3. Drizzle juice of 1 lime over quinoa, fluff with a fork, and serve.

Cook's Note:

You can use water or vegetable broth in place of chicken broth for a vegetarian option.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

123 Calories
2g Fat
22g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 123
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 357mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 180mg 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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