One of our go-to popular instant pot recipes this instant pot Mexican rice will be your new favorite quick and easy side to your taco Tuesday nights. It's the perfect sides for all things Mexican- enchiladas, tacos, tostadas, taco salad, you name it this rice is perfect!
Is this an authentic Mexican rice recipe?
Yes, while I do not come from Mexico this recipe comes from my dear friends grandma who makes the best Mexican rice and also was born and raised Mexico. Her secret ingredient is tomato bouillon!
Important ingredients for instant pot Mexican rice
It's a pretty simple recipe all you need is:
- Rice- I prefer a long grain rice.
- Chicken stock. You can also use vegetable to make this a vegetarian dish or water.
- tomato bouillon- this is the key ingredient. Instead of using tomato sauce or canned tomatoes she uses tomato bouillon. It gives you amazing flavor and color.
- oil - I use olive or avocado, just for sautéing onion and helping to keep the rice from getting too sticky.
- optional - diced onion
What is tomato bouillon?
Tomato bouillon is dehydrated tomatoes and vegetables with a mix of salts and spices.
PRO TIP: you can find tomato bouillon at your local grocery store in the mexican food isle. It is made by the company Knorrs. It comes in different sizes of bottles too! Check by the bouillons and spices in the Mexican food isle.
Knorrs recently started to make a more natural line of bouillon, however the natural tomato bouillon is combined with chicken- as you can see below its slightly different in color so your rice will look more orange than red.
How to make instant pot Mexican rice
Step 1: Turn your pressure cooker to saute setting and add oil.
Step 2: Add in your onions
Step 3: cook onions until they are translucent.
PRO TIP: Dont like onions? Skip them! (or don't have time?) I've made this recipe loads of time and just skipped the onions. It taste great with just the bouillon, but the sautéed onions do add a little extra flavor.
Step 4: Add the remainder of your ingredients.
- add your rice
- your water or broth
- add tomato bouillon
- stir together
Cook you Mexican rice
Set your pressure cooker to cook on the rice setting, or cook on high for 12 minutes. You do not need to let rice natural pressure release you can immediately release all the pressure.
Fluff rice and serve
As the rice cooks the bouillon might settle in some places. After you remove the lid fluff the rice and stir the flavor all around.
Why should I use a pressure cooker to make rice?
Using a pressure cooker for rice is great because it
- cooks it faster than any rice cooker I've owned
- replaces a rice cooker so I dont have multiple gadgets taking up space
- cooks faster than the stove top and has less steps.
If I don't own an instant pot can I still use my rice cooker or stove top method?
YES! if you dont own a pressure cooker you can cook the rice the same way you cook your plain rice but using these ingredients.
Not much! Different cultures put in different spices but the ultimate difference seems to be that Spanish rice is a harder, firmer rice whereas Mexican rice is softer and fluffier.
Keep any leftover Mexican rice in and air tight container in the fridge. It will keep for 10-14 days there.
Yes. The rice and bouillon do not contain any wheat.
You can sub it for a can of tomatoes or add tomato sauce. I've included adjustments in the recipe card.
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Instant Pot Mexican Rice
- 2 cups long grain rice
- 3 Tablespoon Knorr tomato bouillon
- 2 Tablespoon oil I use avocado
- 3 cups water or broth
- ¼ cup diced onion
- Add the oil and turn the instant pot to saute setting. Add onion and cook until onions are soft and translucent. (if you dont like onions skip this step)
- Stir all ingredients together in pressure cooker. Set to rice setting. You can quick release rice.
- Blend 2 tomatoes, boullion cube, garlic clove, and 1 ¼ cup water, onion.
- I do 1 ½ TBS tomato bouillon for every 1 cup rice.
- 1 TBS oil for 1 cup rice
- and 1 ½ cups water to every 1 cup rice.