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Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice

Pressure cooker Mexican rice is a great side dish made in your Instant Pot, Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi. Tender Spanish rice everyone will love. 

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If you haven’t tried pressure cooker Mexican rice yet it is easy to throw together as an Instant Pot recipe and full of flavor. You don’t have to have this brand though, any electric pressure cooker will work. (affiliate links present, originally published 6/19)

Ninja Foodi Mexican Rice

It’s on our list of easy Ninja Foodi recipes too. It doesn’t really matter what brand of machine you have. We have a Crockpot Express as well and that works too. You are going to use the high pressure function and those all have that function to use. Most have the rice button too which automatically sets to 12 minutes.

Serve it with air fryer flautas, air fryer burritos or with chicken on the side. Any way you serve it up it’s just wonderful.

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 spanish rice

When it comes to great Mexican food you don’t always have to go to a restaurant to get it. It’s actually kind of fun to learn to make things on your own like the Instant Pot refried beans we made recently too.

Instant Pot Mexican rice

We make Instant Pot white rice all the time! BUT it is sure nice to mix things up a bit. This one offers a wallop of flavor with the same grains used than the “normal” bowl at the Chinese restaurant. Served with shredded beef or tacos it is a must in our house not just on Tuesdays.

  1. Long grain white rice
    1. I haven’t made this with brown rice yet
  2. Tomato sauce
  3. Chicken broth
    1. Or water but broth has a lot more flavor
  4. Onion and garlic powder
  5. Salt and pepper
  6. Cumin

Instant Pot Spanish Rice

Optional add ins would be 1/2 cup of diced onion and a can of diced chiles are great as well. Like I said, if you don t have an Instant Pot you can use any brand. We have a Mealthy we use too. Many times we use a few to make an entire meal. 

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Is there a difference between Spanish rice and Mexican rice?

Not really.

  • The only main difference is that Spanish rice typically uses saffron vs. cumin which is added here. 
  • Main ingredients are basically the same. Of course everyone has their own tweaks they make and you’re free to call this whatever you’d like. 😉 

Is Mexican rice healthy?

Yes!! It is a healthy low-fat side dish for sure. Added to our list of cheap Instant Pot recipes it costs very little too. You can adjust the heat as you like making it hot if that is a must for you or keep it mild as directed below.

Pressure cooker Mexican rice

The reason why I love making it this way is that it is totally hands off. All you need to do is pay attentin to the beep once it is done. Then watch the timing on the screen as it needs some time for a natural release to fluff up. On the stove you’d need to gently stir a few times so it doesn’t burn but just cook long enough for rice to be tender.

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Instant Pot Mexican rice recipe

Can you double the recipe? I prefer to make 2 batches, I think it comes out better. Would only work in an 8 quart pot. Remember to never fill past 3/4 full max mark on inside of pot.

  1. Add all ingredients except onions and rice
  2. Stir together well, then add onions and stir again
  3. Sprinkle in uncooked rice and submerge into liquid, do not stir
  4. Close lid and steam valve to sealed position
  5. Set to high pressure cook for 7 minutes
    1. short cooking time I know
  6. Allow to naturally release steam for 10 minutes when done
  7. Lift lid and fluff rice with a fork
  8. Serve!!

Now if you wanted to make spicy mexican rice you could do that. The best bet is to add red pepper flakes in at the beginning with the liquids so it can dissolve and really permeate the grains. Beware that a little goes a really long way with this. Start small like 1/8 tsp and see what you think of that. Add more next time if it is not.

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What goes good with Spanish rice?

Done in just about 15 minutes it’s perfect way faster than making it on the stove top and popular for pot lucks or pairing with Instant Pot tacos!

Then if you’re looking for more pressure cooker Mexican recipes we have a casserole that’s great too. Something new is in town!!

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Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice

Pressure cooker Mexican rice is a great side dish made in your Instant Pot, Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi. Tender Spanish rice everyone will love.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword brown rice, instant pot, mealthy, mexican, ninja foodi, pressure cooker, side dish, spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 247kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Add all ingredients other than your onions and rice and stir. Add onions and stir. Then sprinkle uncooked rice on the top and gently submerge into the liquid. Do not stir or you may receive the burn message.

  • Close the pressure cooker lid and set the valve to sealing, then select the pressure cook setting to high for 7 minutes.
  • Allow to naturally release steam for 10 minutes when done, then release pressure valve and lift lid.
  • Use a fork to fluff rice, stir and serve. Turn pot off. Best if served immediately.


Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 735mg32%
Potassium 296mg8%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 9.7mg12%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Saturday 5th of February 2022

This is one my of go-to's for my kids. They LOVE it!

The Typical Mom

Monday 7th of February 2022



Friday 18th of June 2021

Made it! Always looking for a Mexican rice recipe and found it! Had to tweak it because I had only brown rice, and no sauce. So…. I used brown rice and increased cook time to 25 minutes, substituted 1 cup Rotel with tomatoes and chiles and omitted the onion. Delicious!


Friday 19th of March 2021

I’m normally not a fan of using the Insta pot, but I was in a pinch for a quick dinner. This was so easy and turned out really tasty. Definitely keeping this recipe in the rotation!

Carla H

Monday 8th of February 2021

The Mexican restaurant here doesnt use any form of tomato in their rice. So I have always considered that Mexican rice and the one with tomato Spanish rice. Either way, its all good!


Sunday 12th of July 2020

How can I make this in a crockpot I don’t have an instant pot?

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