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Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice

Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice is thrown together and cooked in your Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker brand.

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice

It is the easiest side dish you’ll ever make and is so delicious. Your family is going to love this!

My search is over. I brought this to family dinner the other Sunday, and everyone loved it! I had never made rice in my (affiliate link) Instant Pot before, and it may now be the only way I do it.

I love my rice cooker to bits, but this rice was so much better than rice cooker rice to me.

Before you get started, I highly suggest making this awesome White Queso from The Cookie Rookie with your next taco night. That queso, this Mexican Rice, and these enchiladas would be AMAZING you guys. Just sayin’. You’re welcome.

Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice

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Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice

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I post what I cook and serve my family for the most part, so if we’re eating it, you are seeing it on here. That’s part of the reason I love blogging and sharing with you all so much!

I was even tempted to NOT share this recipe when I saw the photos because I just wasn’t entirely happy. Then I tasted it.

Problem solved.

Who cares if it doesn’t look beautiful if it tastes AMAZING, right?

Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice is finished in about a half hour. It is some of the best Mexican rice I’ve ever had!

Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice
Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice

Easy dump and go Instant Pot Mexican Rice recipe. Don't skip the browning!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 3/4 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 14.5 ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 7 3/4 ounce El Pato Green
  • 4 ounces mild green chiles
  • 2 tablespoons mild chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/8 cup dried diced onions, or 1/4 cup diced fresh onions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups water


  1. Place the rice, butter, and bacon grease into a large skillet or the bottom of your Instant pot. Put the pan over medium heat, or turn on the pot to saute.
  2. Stir frequently for 5-10 minutes, or until the rice is slightly browned.
  3. Remove from heat and place into your Instant Pot ( unless it is already there 😉 ). Dump in the rest of the ingredients, give it a stir, and place the lid onto the pot and seal it.
  4. Press the manual button and decrease the time down to 6 minutes. Let cook and come to pressure. Once the cycle completes, let the pot sit for 10 minutes before releasing the pressure.
  5. Remove lid, toss with forks to separate the grains, and serve with your favorite taco dish.


If you don't have bacon grease laying around, you can use butter. But bacon grease lends some pretty amazing flavor to this!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 997mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Wednesday 21st of March 2018

Delish! I added a can of black beans and a bit more water. everyone loved it!


Sunday 9th of April 2017

Could I make this recipe with brown rice? If so, would cooking time & amount of liquid change?

Nicole Johnson

Monday 10th of April 2017

Hey Maura,

Changing it to brown rice would definitely require a different water amount and cook time. I haven't tested so I can't advise what those changes would be exactly. Sorry about that!

Let me know how it goes if you decide to experiment.

Lorraine christian

Friday 27th of January 2017

what is this:

7 3/4 ounce El Pato Green

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 28th of January 2017

It is this: I wouldn't suggest buying it from Amazon though. It is way overpriced! I've found it in almost every grocery store I've been to though.

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