Print Pin
4.34 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Fiesta Rice

Mexican-inspired Instant Pot Fiesta Rice is a flavorful and yummy side dish that comes together in less than 30 minutes and tastes fantastic. Every bite you take feels like a fiesta in your mouth!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 SERVINGS
Calories 203kcal
Author Ruchi


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1.5 cups Water or Vegetable stock
  • 1 medium Diced, Onion
  • 2 cloves of Minced Garlic
  • 2 small Diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup Drained and washed black beans
  • 1/2 cup Drained and washed corn kernels
  • 3/4 cup Chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed red chili flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Taco seasoning
  • Salt to taste
  • 1.5 tablespoons Oil


  • Rinse basmati rice 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.
  • Then add 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 to the pot. Add rinsed rice and stir to combine.
  • Finally, add red bell peppers. They come is a wide variety of colors. My favorite is red bell pepper. But feel free to substitute any colored bell pepper for the red one.
  • 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, 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, fresh Salsa or guacamole.


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.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 715IU | Vitamin C: 27.9mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.4mg