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Instant Pot Spanish Rice

My family LOVES this Instant Pot Spanish Rice recipe with beans or ground beef on Mexican night - the seasoning makes it taste so authentic - without Rotel! : : DontWasteTheCrumbs.com

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4.5 from 2 reviews

This delicious Spanish rice, AKA Mexican rice, is packed with authentic flavor. Quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot, you can serve this perfectly cooked side with all your favorite Mexican dishes for a better-than-a-restaurant experience!


  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 2 cups water (or Homemade Chicken Stock)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp salt (plus additional, as needed)
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 23 Tbsp homemade taco seasoning (recipe here)
  • 1 16 oz bag of frozen vegetables (any variety)


  1.  Place uncooked rice, water or chicken stock, butter, salt, onion, tomatoes, and Homemade Taco Seasoning in the Instant Pot and stir gently.
  2. Lock the lid, turn the sealing valve to the sealing position and cook on high pressure for 22 minutes for brown rice, and 3 minutes for white rice.
  3. When the timer goes off, turn the sealing valve to the release position to quickly release the pressure. Be careful as hot steam will come out of the sealing valve.
  4. When the pressure is fully released, stir in the frozen vegetables and lock the lid. Let the rice sit for 5 minutes. The residual heat from the rice and the pressure cooker will thaw and steam the vegetables within the rice.
  5. Taste and season with salt as desired. Spanish rice tastes great the day it’s made, but it’s also delicious as leftovers!


For the Stove-top:

  1. Start with 4 cups of prepared rice in a large stock pot.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  3. Cook over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed and the vegetables are cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.


  1. Any type of diced tomato works for this recipe; whatever you have in the pantry or find on sale will work well!
  2. While there is lots of flexibility with tomatoes and rice, definitely take the time to make your own Taco Seasoning. It is cheaper, healthier, and tastier!
  3. This recipe is entirely gluten-free as long as you make your own taco seasoning. Store-bought seasonings often have gluten as a filler.