Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe

September 17, 2020Van
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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 4 minutes

Serves: 6

This is an easy recipe for Instant Pot Mexican Rice that tastes like just as good as the restaurants – it’s fluffy, perfectly seasoned – a must have side dish for any Mexican meal you’re cooking. Check out my recipe for Instant Pot Refried Beans here.


Knorr Tomato Bouillon with Chicken Flavor – find it near the regular chicken bouillon at your local market or order here
Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe

Use Enriched Long Grain Rice, this is one of the few types of rice that you don’t have to wash.

Sauté the rice until it’s lightly golden, don’t skip this step or your rice will turn out mushy instead of fluffyInstant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe

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Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 4 minutes
  • Serves: 6


  • 1½ Cups Enriched Long Grain Rice, (don’t wash or rinse)
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • ½ Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1½ Teaspoons Knorr Tomato Buillion with Chicken Flavor
  • ½ medium sized Onion, finely diced
  • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Jalapeño with seeds removed, diced (optional)


  • 1)

    Pour 2 Tablespoons of Oil into the Instant Pot, choose Sauté on High, once it says Hot add 1½ Cup of Rice, sauté until the rice looks light golden, stir constantly (takes about 5-7 minutes) – sautéing helps the rice kernels keep it’s shape, without this step you end up with mushy rice. Hit Cancel to turn off Sauté mode, add the diced Onions, diced Jalapeño and stir for another minute.

  • 2)

    Add 2 Cups of Water, ½ Cup of Tomato Sauce, 1½ Teaspoons Knorr Tomato Bullion, ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder and stir. Seal the Instant Pot lid and choose High Pressure for 4 minutes. When the timer is up, wait 10 minutes then switch the knob to venting, once the pin has dropped, open the lid and fluff the rice. Taste & season with a little bit of salt if needed. Enjoy!

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  • Vida

    January 7, 2021 at 10:06 am

    I love the ease of cooking with the IP. I would love to make this again. I halved the recipe and did not use tomato sauce and added cumin and pepper. I used a cup of water and followed the rest of the instructions. The rice was a bit bitey and wondered if I should have added an additional half cup of water. Your thoughts, please? I know this will be a keeper if I can just make it less bitey. You are awesome in providing these wonderful recipes!

    1. Van

      January 7, 2021 at 10:51 am

      Hi Vida, you’re welcome! The tomato sauce is part of the cooking liquid needed for this recipe, that’s why your rice had more of a bite. Try adding ½ Cup of Water (this is for the full recipe), use ¼ Cup if you’re only making half the recipe. Hope this helps 🙂

      1. Vida

        January 8, 2021 at 5:15 am

        I appreciate your quick response. This does make sense! I will be making this today and know this time it will be so good. I cannot wait to impress the rest of my family members with this method! Thank you and stay safe.

        1. Vida

          January 12, 2021 at 10:15 am

          Van, I added the extra water and it turned out fabulous! Thank you!

          1. Van

            January 14, 2021 at 6:51 am

            Cool! Glad to hear that 🙂

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