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Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe: Simple & Flavorful Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe: Simple & Flavorful

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Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe: Simple & Flavorful

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot Mexican Rice is my go-to side dish! It's packed with flavor from garlic, onions, and spices, all cooked together in one pot for a fuss-free and delicious result.

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Deliciousness alert! I've whipped up this amazing Instant Pot Mexican Rice and I'm practically drooling just thinking about it. It’s spicy, it's savory, and it's surprisingly simple to make. I promise, once you take that first bite, you'll have a hard time putting your fork down. So let's get cooking, my friend, and bring a little bit of Mexico right into our kitchens!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Mexican Rice

  • Long-grain white rice: Essential base for the dish, absorbs flavors well and provides a fluffy texture to the Mexican rice.
  • Oil: Used for sautéing the onions and garlic, adding richness and depth of flavor to the overall dish.
  • Onion: Adds sweetness and depth of flavor to the rice, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
  • Garlic: Infuses a delicious aroma and flavor into the rice, elevating the dish with its pungent and savory notes.
  • Diced tomatoes: Provides a juicy and tangy element to the rice, adding a burst of freshness and acidity to the dish.
  • Chicken or vegetable broth: Infuses the rice with savory flavor and moisture, enhancing the overall taste and richness of the dish.
  • Chili powder: Adds a kick of heat and depth of flavor to the rice, giving it a spicy and aromatic profile.
  • Cumin: Provides a warm and earthy flavor to the rice, adding depth and complexity to the overall taste profile.
  • Fresh cilantro: Adds a pop of freshness and herbaceous flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall presentation and taste.

Essential Tools for Making Mexican Rice in the Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the rice quickly and efficiently.
  • Sauté Pan: Used to sauté the onions, garlic, and rice before pressure cooking for added flavor.
  • Wooden Spoon: Ideal for stirring the ingredients in the Instant Pot without damaging the non-stick surface.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Turn on the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat the oil.
  2. Add the onion and garlic, sauté until softened.
  3. Add the rice and toast for a few minutes.
  4. Stir in the diced tomatoes, broth, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  5. Close the Instant Pot lid, set to manual high pressure for 5 minutes.
  6. Once done, allow natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then quick release.
  7. Fluff the rice with a fork, garnish with fresh cilantro, and serve.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 220 kcal | Carbohydrates: 45 g | Protein: 4 g | Total Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 0.5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 480 mg | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 4 g | Calcium: 60 mg | Potassium: 250 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 500 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Tips for Making Mexican Rice Ahead of Time or Freezing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the Mexican rice as per the recipe instructions.
  • Allow the rice to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the Mexican rice as per the recipe instructions.
  • Allow the rice to cool completely.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag, remove excess air, and seal.
  • Label with the date and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm in the microwave or on the stovetop.

To enhance the flavor of this Mexican rice, try toasting the rice in the instant pot with a bit of oil before adding the other ingredients. This simple step can add a nutty taste and improve the overall dish.

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe

FAQ:
Can I use brown rice instead of white rice for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute brown rice for white rice, but you may need to adjust the cooking time and liquid amount accordingly.
How can I make this recipe spicier?
To make the dish spicier, you can add more chili powder, diced jalapeños, or a dash of hot sauce to suit your taste preferences.
Can I make this recipe vegetarian?
Absolutely! Simply swap the chicken broth for vegetable broth to make this recipe vegetarian-friendly.
How long can I store leftovers in the refrigerator?
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Just reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop when ready to enjoy again.
Can I freeze this Mexican rice?
Yes, you can freeze this Mexican rice in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Just thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat before serving.

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