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Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Instant Pot Mexican rice uses pantry staples like rice, tomato sauce and a secret ingredient that makes it taste just like the side dish found at popular Mexican restaurants! 
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Resting time10 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Mexican rice, Spanish Rice
Servings: 4 1 cup servings
Calories: 363kcal



  • In an Instant pot or other electric pressure cooker, pour in dry rice. 
  • Next add the Spanish rice seasoning and stir if you'd like.
  • Top rice with water, and make sure all rice kernels are under water.
  • Pour in tomato sauce. Do not stir, but insure that all rice is still under water.
  • Place sealed lid on instant pot and turn steam release handle to closed.
  • Set Instant Pot to high and set time for 8 minutes. ***See note in post on why location matters and if you need to adjust your time***
  • After the rice cooks, allow the Instant Pot to rest for 10 minutes. Turn steam release handle to open and allow any extra steam to be released. Also turn off the keep rice warm setting to prevent it from sticking or scorching.
  • Stir rice well to distribute the tomato sauce and seasoning. 
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 7g | Sodium: 567mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.8mg