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Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice & Beans

Posted by  ·  January 5, 2016  ·  Last Updated: February 10, 2019

This delicious pressure cooker Mexican Rice & Beans is the perfect side dish for tacos, nachos and enchiladas. I have decided the pressure cooker is my new very favorite thing.  How did I not know about this amazing appliance? I have spent years being afraid of blowing up my kitchen and ignored how very useful this appliance could be.  In fact, I have decided it is the perfect tool for the non planner.  I love crock pot cooking but that takes planning and remembering.  I can cook most anything in under an hour with ingredients I have on hand.  I will say that every meal we have had since Christmas as been with my new pressure cooker.  After reading tons of reviews I chose the Instapot but many are just as happy with the Cuisinart.  The main difference, and my deciding factor, is that the Instapot has a stainless steel pot instead of a non-stick.  The Instapot does cook at slightly lower pressure, but it hasn’t caused any problems.

Mexican side dish pressure cooker rice & beans

Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice & Beans

2 Tablespoons oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups long-grain white rice
1 – 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 – 15.5 ounce pinto beans, drained and rinsed  0r 1 1/2 – 2 cups pinto beans cooked in the pressure cooker
1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Turn pressure cooker to saute. Heat oil and add in onions and jalapeno. Cook until just softened. Stir in garlic, chili powder, cumin. Cook for about 30 seconds.  Stir in rice. Pour in tomatoes and chicken broth and salt. Lock the pressure cooker lid in place and choose high pressure, setting timer for 8 minutes. When timer goes off, use quick release. Carefully remove lid. Stir in beans and cilantro. For this picture I did forget the cilantro, but if you like cilantro it does make this dish extra nice!

Presser Cooker Rice & Beans

You are going to love this pressure cooker rice! It saves you time and is so delicious!

Delicious Side Dishes

If you are looking for more great side dishes we love stick of butter rice and these herb oven roasted potatoes.  If you want to add some fruit to the table this apple salad it also very good.

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  1. Judi
    Saturday, March 25th, 2017
    I made this last night. Not only was it DELICIOUS, but also easy and quick to make. Thank you for the concise directions and wonderful recipe. I made this as a side dish but it easily could be a main course. One guest had three servings.
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
      Ahhh thanks so much Judi for your sweet comment! I am so glad you liked it.
  2. Thursday, November 17th, 2016
    New to the electric pressure cooker world and this is my first non-roast dinner with it. Can't wait!!
  3. Nancy
    Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
    I have an older pressure cooker - no cook settings or timer (it was my grandmother's). Would I need to cook longer than the 8 minutes?
  4. Rachel
    Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
    I'm new to pressure cooking... The beans don't actually get cooked. Will they heat thru by just stirring them into the hot rice?
    • Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
      Hi Rachel, The beans should have been previously cooked in the pressure cooker or you can use a can of beans. They will be soft and when you stir them in and the hot rice will warm them.
  5. Brandi
    Monday, January 11th, 2016
    Could you do this on the stove without a pressure cooker?
    • Monday, January 11th, 2016
      Yes, I would think you could cook on the stove. I would look at the rice package and see how long they recommend cooking for a guide.
  6. Friday, January 8th, 2016
    Looks yummy! What if I don't have a pressure cooker? Could I throw it in a crock pot???
    • Monday, January 11th, 2016
      It is worth a try Kristie. You might see if you can find a crockpot rice recipe to see how long rice is cooked. Just make sure you have enough liquid.
  7. Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
    This could easily become a staple in our house.