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Easy Instant Pot Spanish Rice

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Get ready to elevate your meal game with our easy Instant Pot Spanish Rice recipe! No more bland sides; we’re turning up the heat with vibrant flavors, perfectly cooked rice, and a hint of spice that dances on your taste buds.

It’s a journey to the heart of Spanish cuisine, made simple with the magic of your Instant Pot. Let’s spice up your plate – the easy way!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Effortless Flavor Fusion: Achieve authentic Spanish rice with minimal effort and maximum taste in your Instant Pot.
  • One-Pot Wonder: Simplify dinner with this fuss-free recipe that cooks flavorful Spanish rice all in one pot.
  • Time-Saving Simplicity: Embrace the convenience of Instant Pot cooking—savory Spanish rice ready in a fraction of time.
Easy Instant Pot Spanish Rice

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this Spanish Rice Instant Pot recipe:

  • Olive Oil: Used for sautéing the onion and garlic, it adds a subtle richness to the dish.
  • Chopped Yellow or White Onion: Adds a savory depth of flavor and sweetness when cooked, creating a solid base for the rice.
  • Long-Grain White Rice: The main ingredient in this dish, it absorbs all the flavors while retaining a fluffy texture.
  • Cloves Fresh Garlic: Brings a robust, aromatic flavor that infuses the whole dish, enhancing the savory elements.
  • Minced Tomatoes: Adds a fresh, tangy taste that balances out the savory flavors.
  • Chicken Stock or Low Sodium Chicken Broth: Provides the liquid for the rice to cook in, imparting a savory flavor. Can be substituted with vegetable broth for a vegetarian option.
  • Cumin: Gives the rice a warm, earthy note that’s integral to the Spanish flavor profile.
  • Chili Powder: Optional ingredient for those who like a bit of heat in their dishes.
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro: Adds a fresh, herbaceous finish to the dish, brightening up the flavors.
Instant Pot Spanish Rice Ingredients

How to Make Instant Pot Spanish Rice?

Here are the step-by-step instructions for making Instant Pot Spanish Rice:

Step One: Turn On Saute Function

Turn the Instant Pot to Saute Mode. Once the pot gets hot, add a neutral cooking oil such as olive oil and place the diced onions into the inner pot.

Cook the onions for about 4 minutes until they become soft. 

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Step Two: Saute Garlic With Onions

Add in the garlic and cook with the onions in the pot for about 2 minutes. Then

Step Three: Add Rice to Instant Pot

Rinse the rice. Then add the white rice and mix well to incorporate the onion and garlic into each grain. Allow the rice to brown for about 5 minutes. 

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Step Four: Add Stock, Tomatoes and Seasonings

Add the stock, diced tomatoes, cumin, and chili powder to the Instant Pot. Stir well.

Scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any food that has stuck to the bottom of the pot and press the cancel button. 

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Step Five: Pressure Cook

Close the Instant Pot by twisting the lid. Close the valve, and set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. 

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Step Six: Quick Release Steam

After the Spanish rice has pressure cooked for 8 minutes, release the pressure manually. 

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Step Seven: Stir and Fluff Rice

Stir and fluff the rice. Plate your Spanish rice in a single dish or a bowl alongside your favorite Mexican-inspired meals.

After it has cooked for 8 minutes, release pressure manually. 

Making Spanish rice has never been easier!

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Step Eight: Garnish and Serve

Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro. 

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Cooking Tips

Be sure to do a quick release as a natural release will overcook the rice and make it mushy.

Storage And Reheating Instructions

  • Fridge: Mexican rice is best eaten straight away, after cooking. Allow the rice to cool for 20 minutes before storing any remaining food. You can store Mexican rice for 3 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Freeze: Allow the cooked rice to cool completely before transferring it into a freezer-safe container or bag.
    You can store frozen Spanish Rice for up to 3 months in the freezer.
  • Reheat: When you are ready to serve, allow the Mexican rice to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. You can also reheat it in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until the rice is warm. Enjoy!

What to Serve With This Recipe

This Instant Pot Spanish rice recipe is so versatile. It can be served on its own, with some spiced chicken or Spanish meatballs or fish tacos! 

Instant Pot Spanish rice is the perfect side dish to serve with street tacos or quesadillas. It is also delicious with refried beans and enchiladas and works well with any Mexican meal.

If looking for a drink why not try this strawberry sangria!

FAQ’s

What Does Spanish Rice Taste Like?

Spanish rice is a flavorful side dish that’s savory with hints of tomato and garlic. The rice is cooked in a spicy broth made from a combination of tomato sauce or tomatoes with seasonings.

Where Does Spanish Rice Come From?

Spanish rice was first brought to Mexico by the Spaniards after their trip to Asia where they discovered rice. Since then, the dish has been adapted to Mexican cuisine by adding ingredients like tomatoes and spices.

Spanish rice is also known as Mexican rice, red rice, Arroz rojo and Istanboli Polo.

Is Spanish Rice Healthy?

This cooked rice recipe has a lot of goodness and nutrition. It is an ideal addition to your diet if you want some good nutrients and minerals whilst having a delicious meal.
This Instant Pot Spanish rice recipe is only 8 weight watchers points per serving on the WW green plan.

Best Rice for Mexican Rice

The best rice to use for this recipe is long-grain rice. The long grains of the rice gives more surface area, allowing it to stay fluffy and separate instead of getting stuck together.

You can use long-grain white rice or long-grain brown rice. If using brown rice add a further 2 minutes to the pressure cooking time.

Do I Have to Use Chicken Broth?

No, this recipe can use either regular chicken broth or low-sodium chicken broth, vegetable broth or chicken stock. Use the liquid which you prefer for this Mexican rice dish cuisine.

Can I Add Vegetables to Instant Pot Spanish Rice?

Yes. You sure can add vegetables. Try adding some frozen peas once the dish has cooked or pop in some diced carrots, diced peppers or fresh corn.

Can I Use Jarred Tomato Sauce Instead of Making My Own?

Yes. You can use jarred tomato sauce in this recipe. Use half a cup of tomato sauce in place of the diced tomatoes and cumin.

What Else Can I Add to This Spanish Rice Recipe?

There are lots of options you can add to this Instant Pot Spanish Rice recipe. Try adding some sliced mushrooms, diced bell peppers, black beans, and jalapenos for a bit of heat or grilled corn to the rice.

You could also add a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or smoked paprika for a kick.

For a vegetarian version, try adding some cooked and crumbled tofu or tempeh to the dish. You could also add a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast for added flavor.

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Easy Instant Pot Spanish Rice Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This easy Instant pot spanish rice recipe is simple to make, tastes amazing and is ready in no time.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow or white onion
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup minced tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1/8 cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot to Saute Mode. Once the Pot gets hot, add the oil, and onions. Cook the onions about 4 minutes until they become soft. 
  2. Add in the garlic and cook with the onions in the pot for about 2 mintutes. 
  3. Add in the rice and mix well to incorporate the onion and garlic to each grain. Allow the rice to brown for about 5 minutes. 
  4. Add the stock, diced tomatoes, cumin, and chili powder to the Instant Pot. Stir well. Scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any food that has stuck to the bottom of the pot. Press the cancel button.
  5. Close the Instant Pot by twisting on the lid. Close the valve, and set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 8 minutes. 
  6. After it has cooked for 8 minutes, release pressure manually. 
  7. Stir and fluff the rice. Plate on a dish or in a bowl alongside your favorite dish, or by itself. Garnish with cilantro. 

Notes

Be sure to do a quick release as a natural release will overcook the rice and make it mushy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 5g

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More Mexican Instant Pot Recipes?

If you’re looking for other delicious and easy Instant Pot recipes with a Mexican twist, here are a few ideas:

With these easy and tasty Mexican inspired recipes, you’ll be able to have a delicious meal ready in no time! So give them a try and enjoy the flavors of Mexico right in your own kitchen.

You never know it could be better than your favorite Mexican restaurant. Enjoy!

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2 Comments

  1. Looks great and really easy. No way to print, so won’t be using this one. Not even a way to copy and paste. Need to improve this type of feature.

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