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Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Instant Pot ground beef and rice is a hearty meal sometimes called dirty rice. Served as a side dish or dinner, it’s great with ground sausage too.

instant pot dirty rice

We made this Instant Pot ground beef and rice the other night and boy was it good! The next week we made it with ground sausage and once again this pressure cooker recipe was a hit. Enjoy this and then try a few other easy InstaPot recipes here.

Ninja Foodi Ground Beef and Rice

Yes it sounds quite simple, but it may become your new family favorite meal too. You can use long grain or Jasmine rice in Instant Pot to make this. Use what you like.

Easy is our thang I tell you. Some protein, rice, and you could even throw in some frozen mixed veggies if you wanted. Done. You can use any brand of pressure cooker at home like a Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi will work the same as an IP.

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If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Pressure cooker dirty rice

You can change it up with the type of meat you use, whether you add bell peppers, and make it as spicy or mild as you’d like.

I use what I have on hand at all times. Many times I just have an onion as far as vegetables go so I go with that.

It is on our list of favorite cheap Instant Pot recipes because it comes in at about $10 for the whole pot full!

dirty rice ingredients

What meat goes good with rice?

Well we make Instant Pot white rice with literally everything BUT it sure does go well with a pound of ground beef

We have so many you’d be able to make a new pressure cooker recipe each night for at least a month or longer. Of course we do cook in our oven (very rarely) when it is our favorite “old school recipe” like ground beef casserole with potatoes too.

Can you use frozen hamburger to make ground beef and rice?

YES! I have forgotten to defrost the meat I needed that night quite a few times, so I explain here how to cook Instant Pot frozen ground beef.

You’ll need to follow these steps first, and then proceed to step 1 below once that is done.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Can you marinade ground beef?

Well you could, but with all of the spices and other ingredients that go into this pressure cooker hamburger and rice recipe I don’t feel like you’d need to. 

Our Instant Pot Korean beef tastes like it has been marinated, but in fact it’s just the pressure pushing the flavors of the sauce into the meat while cooking.

There really isn’t a need to soak in a bag beforehand if you are using an electric pressure cooker, the machine does it for you. 😉

What to add to rice to make it taste better

  1. Diced bell peppers, any colors
  2. Chopped onions
  3. Finely diced green onions and/or chives
  4. Minced garlic
  5. Can of diced chiles

We keep it pretty simple but I wouldn’t hesitate to add all of the above if you wanted to really amp this dinner recipe up.

pressure cooker Ground Beef and Rice

Instant Pot ground beef and rice

  • Add a bit of olive oil + your lean ground beef (and chicken if you’re adding that), onions, and diced bell peppers if you’re adding those.
    • we have used ground spicy sausage before and it is probably our favorite choice of meat
    • ground turkey could be used too

Saute until meat is no longer pink, then turn pot off and deglaze your pot with a bit of your chicken broth. (if you have a non stick pot this really isn’t that necessary)

instant pot ground beef

Instant Pot ground beef & rice

Sprinkle in all the seasonings you want and stir together.

  • Pour remaining broth into pot and stir
  • Then sprinkle your uncooked rice in but do NOT stir!
  • Simply submerge it into the liquid below just a bit
  • Close your lid and set steam valve to sealing position. Then hit your rice button
    • if you don’t have one, push high pressure for 12 minutes
  • Allow for a 3 minute natural release, then turn venting position to open for a quick release
    • I turned the steam release quickly once and think it is better to allow it to sit for the 3 min for rice to get fluffier
  • Fluff rice and serve!!
  • You could use the leftovers next day to make ground beef egg rolls too.

You can season with salt and pepper at the end if you feel like it needs it. It probably takes 30 minutes from start to finish because the cooking time is so quick.

easy dirty rice recipe

Instant Pot Hamburger Recipes

We make a lot of these since hamburger meat is so easy to find and pretty inexpensive too. Once you’ve enjoyed this one, I suggest you go on to make a few other Instant Pot ground beef recipes too.

Another variation would be to make a Instant Pot cheesy ground beef rice casserole by adding 1 cup of cheese at the end. Once this is done just stir in shredded cheese and set lid on again for 5 minutes so it can melt. Stir and serve!

Either way this is an easy recipe everyone in my house really loved. It is something I can throw together with some long grain white rice I always have on hand, and use whatever meat I defrosted the night before.

  • Use it as a side dish or main meal some night and let us know what you think!
  • Then try our Instant Pot sausage and rice recipe that uses links instead of ground meat.
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Instant Pot dirty rice

  1. Ground beef
    1. ground sausage or turkey work too
  2. Beef or chicken broth
  3. Onion
  4. Bell pepper
  5. Olive oil
  6. Chicken can be diced and added too
  7. White rice
    1. NOT instant variety
  8. Garlic powder
  9. Green onions
  10. Onion powder is good too
  11. Salt and pepper

Cajun seasoning can be used for heat and/or crushed red peppers.

instant pot sausage and rice

Then if you have more meat, make our easy tater tot casserole next! Printable recipe card is below.

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Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Instant Pot ground beef and rice is a hearty meal sometimes called dirty rice. Served as a side dish or dinner, it's great with ground sausage too.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dirty rice, ground beef, instant pot, pressure cooker, rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 460kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Turn pot to saute, add ground beef, chicken, onions, bell peppers and green onions. Cook until meat is no longer pink. Then turn off and deglaze the pot with a bit of your broth.
  • Add rest of broth and seasonings and stir. Sprinkle in rice and gently submerge into liquid but do NOT stir.
  • Close lid and steam valve, set to high pressure for 12 minutes, or just press the rice button if you have one.
  • Allow to naturally release steam for 3 minutes. Do a quick release when done.
  • Fluff rice and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 460 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 353mg15%
Potassium 457mg13%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1081IU22%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Saturday 13th of April 2024

This was very good and very easy. I followed the recipe except using creole seasoning. I use kinder’s Cuban blend spice and garlic powder. I also use Aborito rice. Came out very good.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 14th of April 2024

so glad


Thursday 15th of February 2024

Are you draining the meat and adding back after rice cooks?


Friday 16th of February 2024

@The Typical Mom, turned out perfect…thanks for a super easy recipe and quick response!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 15th of February 2024

No you don't remove. Follow instructions as is, saute until no longer pink, scrape bottom of pot, then add other ingredients with the cooked meat......


Tuesday 15th of August 2023

I just made this tonight. I used hot breakfast sausage, used a whole onion, and bell pepper but didn't have any green onions to add, added a hot jalapeno, skipped the red pepper, and didn't use quite as much creole as the recipe (the jalapeno was hot), and cooked it on the stovetop (instapot was being used to cook chicken lol) oh and I didn't add the chicken. When it was done, we topped it our bowls with cheddar cheese. OMG, this recipe is most defiantly a keeper.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 15th of August 2023

Yeah, and we love sausage instead of beef sometimes too


Friday 30th of December 2022

Delicious! Wow! I added minced garlic, about a quarter cup of diced tomatoes, added more bell peppers because I didn't have green onions. Subbed a tablespoon of taco seasoning for the Cajun because I was worried about the spice level for kids. I sprinkled a tiny bit in of Cajun though. Heads up to parents of small kids- it came out a tad spicy so I would totally leave out the red chili flakes! Going to have my second bowl now!!

The Typical Mom

Friday 30th of December 2022

Glad it was a hit


Saturday 5th of November 2022

Exactly the recipe I was searching for! This was perfect to quickly use up a lb of ground beef and wilting baby bells. The changes I made: no green onions so used a medium red onion, added: minced fresh garlic, two med zucchinis (large cubes), one undrained can of Rotel Mild Tomatoes, and subbed Tony C Creole Seasoning for the other spices. As recommended, I sprinkled in the rice last and just covered with beef broth (~3 cups). DELICIOUS! Will definitely make again. Thanks!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 6th of November 2022

OH good!!

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