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Instant Pot Spanish Rice

Instant Pot Spanish Rice – tastes just like the Mexican rice for your local Mexican restaurant. It comes together in just minutes, with pantry staple ingredients you probably have on hand already!

One of my favorite things about Mexican restaurants is the rice that comes with what you order. There is just something about it that makes it hard to beat. And now you can make it at home in just minutes! It is so easy to make, and uses ingredients I am sure you have on hand already.

It goes with just about everything from Instant Pot Chicken Tacos to Sour Cream Enchiladas.

mexican rice in a bowl topped with cilantro

 

Spanish rice is also known as Mexican Rice, or arroz rojo. It is a classic side dish made with garlic, onions, tomato sauce, and rice.

When you are out for Mexican food it is served along side Refried Beans with just about every meal. It is a simple side dish, but lots of flavor and so good!

Making Spanish Rice in the Instant Pot is my favorite way to cook it. The rice comes out perfectly tender every time. There is no stirring or having to make sure the stove is at the exact right temperature. And the texture is just like you get at a restaurant.

If you have tried Instant Pot Jasmine Rice, then you know that there is just something magical about cooking rice that way. No guesswork and perfect every time.

ingredients for mexican rice

What You’ll Need

  • Long Grain White Rice
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter
  • Chicken Broth
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Salt
fluffed spanish rice in the instant pot

How To Make Instant Pot Spanish Rice

  1. Start by setting the Instant Pot to sauté and it get hot. Add the olive oil and butter. Once the butter is melted and it is hot add the onions and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until the onions are soft.
  2. Meanwhile rinse the rice. Add the rice to a colander and rinse it well. This will help the rice become light and fluffy and make sure you don’t get the burn notice on the Instant Pot.
  3. Once the onions are soft, add the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir until everything is well combined.
  4. Put the lid on, lock it in place, and ensure the vent is closed. Change to High pressure and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Once 3 minutes is up, let the pressure naturally release until it unlocks.
  6. Remove the lid and then fluff with a fork.
looking down on a bowl of instant pot mexican rice

Storage

It is best to serve this Spanish Rice immediately, but once it cools you can cover it or place in an air tight container and place in the fridge for 4-5 days.

To reheat just place in a microwave safe bowl and heat until it is warmed through.

What To Serve Spanish Rice With

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Yield: 5

Instant Pot Spanish Rice

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Instant Pot Spanish Rice - tastes just like the Mexican rice for your local Mexican restaurant. It comes together in just minutes, with pantry staple ingredients you probably have on hand already!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice

Instructions

    1. Set Instant Pot to sauté , add the olive oil and butter. Once the butter is melted and it is hot add the onions and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until the onions are soft.
    2. Meanwhile rinse the rice. Add the rice to a colander and rinse it well. This will help the rice become light and fluffy and make sure you don't get the burn notice on the Instant Pot.
    3. Once the onions are soft, add the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir until everything is well combined.
    4. Put the lid on, lock it in place, and ensure the vent is closed. Change to High pressure and cook for 3 minutes.
    5. Once 3 minutes is up, let the pressure naturally release until it unlocks.
    6. Remove the lid and then fluff with a fork.

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 133Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 8mgSodium 1060mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 3g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Annette Kreamer

Saturday 6th of May 2023

I want your Recipe please that look so Good.

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Monday 8th of May 2023

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Sandra

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

This is seriously amazing!! Everyone at my house loved it.

Catalina

Monday 11th of October 2021

Love how flavorful is this rice! Looks amazing!

Juliane

Sunday 10th of October 2021

Heaven sent! This is really good! I am excited to make this again!

Krystle

Sunday 10th of October 2021

Really flavorful. We love adding it to our burritos.

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