Arroz Mexicano, or Instant Pot Mexican Rice, on a decorative Mexican clay plate and cilantro.
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Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Instant Pot Mexican Rice (Arroz Mexicano) is a tasty side dish to any Mexican food recipes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Author: Maggie Unzueta



  • To the blender, add tomatoes, garlic, onion, and ½ cup water. 
  • Blend until smooth. 
  • Set aside. 
  • Select the Saute function on the Instant Pot. 
  • Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot. 
  • Heat for 1 minute. 
  • Add rice. 
  • Stir frequently for 2-3 minutes, or until the rice is toasted. 
  • Be careful not to burn. 
  • Add ½ cup water, tomato mixture, chicken bouillon, and cumin. 
  • Stir to combine. 
  • Carefully place the lid on the Instant Pot. 
  • Turn venting knob to “SEALING.” 
  • Set timer to 7 minutes. 
  • Let it come to full pressure. 
  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method, about 5 minutes. 
  • Open lid carefully. 
  • Stir and serve. 



No Instant Pot? No problem! Add an extra ½ cup water to the ingredients and make on the stove.