Instant Pot Spanish rice is a quick and easy side to complete any Mexican dinner. It’s seasoned with spices which means there’s no chopping involved! Add beans or frozen vegetables for a filling rice dish!
As a teen, my favorite eatery was a little taco joint near the house. They had the best Spanish rice! I would have them add it to my burritos and order a double side of rice to have enough leftovers.
Since I don’t eat out anymore I wanted to recreate Spanish rice just as tasty and flavorful as the restaurant’s version. But I also wanted the recipe to be quicker and easier than my 30-minute black beans and lime rice. So I tested this recipe out in the Instant Pot, and I guess you could say it was an ‘instant’ success!
How to make Instant Pot Spanish Rice
This rice is super easy to prepare in the Instant Pot. In fact, it’s my favorite way to make rice! But I’ve also include stovetop instructions if you don’t own an Instant Pot.
- To start, you’ll want to have everything close by. Gather and measure all the ingredients, then set them aside.
- Add the oil to the inner pot, then press the sauté feature on the Instant Pot. Once the oil is melted add in the rice and 1 teaspoon onion granules. Stir constantly. The onion will brown fast which will add flavor to the rice. Continue to sauté until the rice begins to brown as well.
- Press the cancel button on the Instant Pot, then mix in the tomato sauce, seasonings, and water.
- Seal the lid and set the Instant Pot to manual/pressure cook for 10 minutes, at high pressure. Allow for natural pressure release.
Note: Some of the greens and tomato sauce will have set on top. Give the rice a stir to mix everything back together. If the rice is a bit too sticky leave the lid open to allow the steam to continue to escape. Otherwise, it’s ready to eat!
Avoid the burn message on newer Instant Pot models
To avoid the burn message, add the water and seasonings to the inner pot with the sauteed rice. Mix it all together.
If you don’t want to chance getting the burn warning, cook the rice in the water and seasonings only. Then mix the tomato sauce into the cooked rice.
If you want to cook everything together, slowly add the tomato sauce into the pot after the rice has been mixed with the water and seasonings. DON’T mix in the tomato sauce. You want the water to remain at the bottom of the pot. A thicker liquid can set off the burn message.
How can I tell if my Instant Pot is a newer model?
If your IP has a pressure cook button (instead of the manual button) you have a newer model. Newer models have a sensitive sensor and are more likely to give the burn message.
Restaurant rice in the Instant Pot
Now dig-in and imagine yourself sitting in that small darkened restaurant with Mariachi music softly playing in the background. That’s the feeling this rice will give you!
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Enjoy! Enjoy! *Generously measure the seasonings for extra flavor.
Instant Pot Instructions
Stove Top Instructions
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 140mg Carbohydrates: 4g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
*Generously measure the seasonings for extra flavor.