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Instant Pot Fiesta Rice

Calling all rice lovers! Is eating rice a regular affair at your place, then this Mexican-inspired Instant Pot fiesta rice is just for you. It only takes 20 minutes of your time to cook this delicious and healthy dish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 298kcal
Author Ruchi

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rinse rice thoroughly until the water runs clear. Set it aside.
  • Press the ‘saute’ button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add oil. To the hot oil, add onion and garlic. Saute for about 3-4 minutes until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add tomatoes and cook until soft. Instead of chopped tomatoes, you can add tomato puree too.
  • Stir in the black beans, corn, and spices. I have used a can of store-bought black beans and corn for my recipe. I highly recommend that you always rinse and drain the beans/corn before adding it to any recipe.
  • Pour vegetable stock or water into the insert. Add rinsed rice and stir to combine.
  • Finally, add red bell peppers. Close the Instant Pot with its lid. Turn the venting knob to the sealing position.
  • Now press the ‘Manual’ button. Cook on ‘High Pressure’ for 6 minutes. Once the Instant Pot beeps, wait for 10 minutes then do the QPR (quick pressure release).
  • As the safety pin drops down, open the lid.
  • Allow the steam to escape. Then gently fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Serve hot with Sour Cream, Salsa or guacamole.

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Notes

 
Variations while making Mexican Fiesta Rice
» Bell peppers come is a wide variety of colors. I have used red bell pepper. But feel free to substitute any colored bell pepper for the red one.
» Store-bought black beans and corn are used in this recipe. I highly recommend that you always rinse and drain the beans/corn before adding it to any recipe.
» This is a versatile recipe. Feel free to add ingredients to suit your taste preferences. To up the spice level, you can add jalapeno peppers. 
» For an extra punch of flavor, add 3 tablespoons of salsa to the uncooked rice. 
 
What other rice can I use for cooking this fiesta rice?
You can use any rice for this recipe. Swap basmati rice with brown rice or jasmine rice. 
» Cooking time for Brown rice – Pressure cook for 15 minutes at high pressure. Do the natural pressure release for 10 minutes, and then do the quick pressure release (turn the sealing knob to venting position).
» Cooking time for Jasmine rice and long-grain rice– Pressure cook for 6 minutes at high pressure. Do the natural pressure release for 10 minutes, and then do the quick pressure release (turn the sealing knob to venting position).
Use 1:1 water ratio for all rice. 
 
Instant Pot Fiesta rice makes a great leftover too!
You can make good use of leftover Instant Pot Fiesta Rice the next day. They go well with anything. Some tested and tried options are -
  • Stuff leftover vegan fiesta rice in bell peppers and bake
  • Fill your burritos or tacos with fiesta rice
  • Make tortilla wraps
  • Fiesta Rice tastes amazing in fajitas
  • Simply enjoy this rice with some refried beans. Endless possibilities.
Be creative and turn these leftover rice into a delicious and yummy family-favorite dinner.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1416IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg