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Fluffy Instant Pot Enchilada Rice

Try Instant Pot enchilada rice tonight as the best side dish with a ton of flavor. New Mexican rice idea that’s great with tacos or burritos.

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Have you heard of Instant Pot enchilada rice? Probably not since it’s something I just kinda’ thought up. Tender with black beans and corn, it’s a great side dish. An easy Instant Pot recipe. (affiliate links present)

We started with this Instant Pot Mexican rice and yes, that was great. I have used this same sauce to make my Instant Pot chicken legs, it’s super versatile.

So why not cross the two and see how it would turn out….and here we are today.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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When it comes to Mexican food it’s all about the seasonings and sauces right? This is no different, bring them all out!

Here are a few questions you might have to begin with:

What can I make with enchilada sauce besides enchiladas?

There are SO many things. In the oven, make enchilada lasagna with corn tortillas. OR Crockpot chicken enchilada soup.

What side dish goes with enchiladas?

This rice is #1 on our list. Corn on the cob is a cheap choice, green chiles, or try some air fryer vegetables.

Now let’s talk about what you’re going to need out to get started with this easy Instant Pot recipe.

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Enchilada Rice Recipe

The extras are canned kernel corn and black beans. Those can be eliminated, use just one, or if you prefer pinto beans then go with that instead.

  1. Long grain white rice and black beans
    1. haven’t tested with brown rice yet so unsure of cook time
  2. Canned corn
  3. Red enchilada sauce in mild or medium heat is what we prefer
  4. Chicken broth
  5. Olive oil

And then all of the flavors that will make it a whopping wow!

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Parsley
  • Alternatively you could add a taco seasoning packet instead of all these

If you’re making this as a weeknight dinner as is I would add sour cream and cheddar cheese on top when done.

enchilada rice

Want to amp it up even further? Add some leftover chicken breast sliced on top once or serve with air fryer flautas.

With the rice, black beans and corn it would be a complete meal if you added some protein too.

Need to adjust for different dietary needs? It’s pretty easy to do so long as you follow the same amount of rice and liquid stated. You can use 2 cups of water instead of broth if you prefer.

Use Vegan cheese if you’d rather, and toppings are totally up to you of course.

Number one tip to remember when cooking rice in a pressure cooker. You do NOT want to stir it in, it may trigger the burn on Instant Pot and stop cooking. Instead just submerge into the liquid below and fluff at the end.

instant pot rice

Here are quick step by step directions. I also have this in a printable form at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

Time needed: 7 minutes.

Instant Pot Enchilada Rice

  1. Add ingredients

    Pour olive oil, spices and broth into your pot and stir so they’re well combined. Pour in enchilada sauce with can of corn and black beans, stir.

    Sprinkle in uncooked rice and gently submerge into the liquid but do not stir.

  2. Cook

    Close lid and steam pressure valve to sealing and set to high pressure for 7 minutes. Let pressure release naturally. This will take approx 15 minutes.

    Do not quick release or rice will not cook completely and become tender.

  3. Fluff and serve

    Lift lid and fluff with a fork. You can add some shredded cheese now and stir in or place lid on and allow to melt on top before serving.

    Add sour cream, sliced avocado and anything else to top when serving if you’d like.

Make sure you fluff with a fork before serving so all ingredients are mixed together.

enchilada rice recipe

Serve this alongside of Instant Pot tacos you’ve made and enjoy as is. If you want to take it a step further add ALL THE TOPPINGS. Here are a few of our favorite things to have on hand for this:

What are good toppings for rice?

  1. Sharp cheddar cheese
  2. Sliced avocados
  3. Sour cream
  4. Diced jalapeños could be offered for some added heat
toppings

How do you save rice?

I will say that plain versions don’t save well at all. BUT this one can be reheated successfully the next day and not dry out. Just store in airtight containers in the fridge.

Reheat in the microwave in 30 second increments stirring in between until it is as warm as you’d like it to be. I would add more cheese at the end and melt that too so it’s nice and moist.

Instant Pot Enchilada Rice

Looking for other pressure cooker recipes similar to this one?

I would start with our Instant Pot enchiladas, those are fun. This Instant Pot Mexican casserole has pasta and some of the same items in it you see here.

Instant Pot enchilada casserole turns out amazing as you can see here. It has a ton of great flavors because of the red sauce.

Instant Pot Enchilada Casserole

Printable recipe with ingredients and steps to follow is below.

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Instant Pot Enchilada Rice

Try Instant Pot enchilada rice tonight as the best side dish with a ton of flavor. New Mexican rice idea that's great with tacos or burritos.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword enchilada, instant pot, pressure cooker, rice, spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 305kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pour olive oil, spices and broth into your pot and stir so they're well combined.
  • Pour in enchilada sauce with can of corn and black beans, stir.
  • Sprinkle in uncooked rice and gently submerge into the liquid but do not stir.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 7 minutes followed by a natural release of steam. Allow all steam to release naturally which will take approx 15 minutes.
  • Lift lid and fluff with a fork. You can add some shredded cheese now, place lid on and allow to melt on top before serving.
  • Add sour cream, sliced avocado and anything else to top when serving if you'd like.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Enchilada Rice
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1051mg46%
Potassium 280mg8%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 679IU14%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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