If you’re looking for something new to spice up your ordinary dinner routine, then our Quick and Easy and Way Better than Resturant Spanish Rice is just what you need. You’ll have a stress-free dinner on the table in no time! Instant pot Spanish Rice is an excellent side dish for just about any meal and so much tastier than boxed, and it comes together with just a few ingredients and minimal effort.
Hola! So here we are TGIF so by now you must have guessed that we at The Belly Rules The Mind are obsessed with our instant pot :). You can make everything in it and in SO LITTLE TIME. If you don’t have a pressure cooker yet, TRUST me you need to buy one.
So as you all know that my family especially my Boys R1 (my hubby), R2 (my 12-year-old) & R3 ( my 6-year-old) LOVE Mexican cuisine and I make sure I have Tex-Mex night at least once per week. My boys can really polish off our Burrito Bowl in a jiffy. My favorite way to enjoy it is with our Best Charro beans topped with fresh cilantro and avocado. This way better than restaurant Spanish Rice is a complete meal made with organic ingredients, in just one pot and in less than 15 minutes!
Do you love dishes made of Rice?
If you are a Rice lover you are at the right place! The one item I always have in my pantry – is RICE. It can be pulled out and added or mixed with so many other meals. If you are looking to perfect your rice in instant pot, look no futter we have got you covered. Check out our Perfect Instant pot Rice ( Basmati rice, jasmine rice & Brown rice ). It’s the best way to make rice, and we prefer to not use the dedicated rice button as we feel this is probably a more reliable way of making rice. We have tried multiple settings to provide these recommendations. It’s the best rice, each grain has just the right amount of bite, and please no mush. Now that we had a solid base to play with, you could tweak and adapt it to your personal tastes like our
Love easy rice dishes? Here are a few more:
- Yellow turmeric rice
- Instant pot Lemon herb rice
- Vegan Burrito bowl
- Mujadara ( rice & lentil ) cooked together.
EASY SPANISH RICE
Now I can’t say if this recipe is anything close to authentic (probably not), but I do know that it’s pretty DARN good. To be honest, My family and friends liked it way BETTER than the original no flavored rice usually served when you dine out. I like to keep the spices very simple in our Spanish rice. My Easy Spanish Rice recipe or Mexican rice whatever you want to call it is so super simple to make. It’s a perfect side dish with your tacos. burritos, Charro beans, and more.A Perfect filling meal!
the secret ingredient drumrolllllllll…………. is SALSA and not just any Salsa it’s homemade Roasted Salsa with fresh ingredients and no preservatives. It cannot get healthier than this.
What’s the difference between Spanish rice and Mexican rice?
Well, GUESS what? ALMOST NOTHING !! Spanish Rice aka Mexican rice or Arroz Rojo (literally red rice). They are just different terms for the same dish. Depending on where you are located, it will be called something different, but they both refer to the exact same thing. There are minor changes in ingredients and flavors, however, they are used interchangeably.
Rinse the rice thoroughly to remove the starch. The key to this recipe is to sauté the rice in oil until toasted and golden brown. This helps the grains keep some of their texture after they are cooked.
How to avoid The DREADED BURN Message:
Please note if your IP has the problems of getting BURN message, guess what, most probably the Tomatoes you added to the dish are the culprit. To reduce the chances of BURN notice, add everything else and then add Salsa at the very end. Do not stir after adding it!
Ingredients to need to make Instant pot Spanish rice
One of the main reasons we love this recipe (other than the fact that it’s simple), is because we always have the ingredients on hand. Here are the Spanish rice ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious side dish:
- long grain rice
- homemade salsa or your favorite store-bought salsa
- minced garlic
- vegetable broth/water
- cumin powder
- paprika/chili flakes
WHICH RICE IS BEST FOR SPANISH RICE?
I love using long grain rice! It gets fluffy and does not get sticky like some of the short-grained rice. You can even make this with brown rice ( but the cooking time will change significantly ). Check out our Instant pot perfect rice post for more details.
Its made for awesome leftovers. I topped it with lettuce and tomato and later added a dollop of sour cream but that’s not necessary to make this taste outstanding. This would make a great filling for burritos too!
CAN YOU USE TOMATO SAUCE INSTEAD OF SALSA IN SPANISH RICE?
Yes Of course! It’s all about preference. I love adding Salsa as it adds more flavor and even a bit more spice.
If you like this recipe you may also be interested in some of our other favorite Mexican food recipes, CHECK OUT
- Best Charro beans
- Spicy Black Bean soup
- 3 Beans salad
- Veggie Enchilada
- Tomatillo salsa verde
- Mexican street corn
- Veggie Quesadilla
- 2 cups uncooked long grain rice
- 2 cups vegetable stock or water
- 1 Tbsp Oil ( for plant based you can skip the oil )
- 2 garlic cloves / minced
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- salt to taste
- 1 cup Salsa / If you are using store bought i would suggest cantina style salsa
- 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and diced/garnish
- fresh cilantro / chopped / garnish
- Optional garnishes for serving
- Mexican blend cheese shredded
- avocado slices
- Greek yogurt or sour cream
- flour tortillas
- Set the Instant Pot on saute and when HOT pops up add in oil and the rice. keep stirring it frequently to avoid rice sticking to the pot .
- Saute the rice for about 3 minutes until they begin to turn a light golden color.and then add in the garlic.
- Add in salt to taste, cumin, red Chili powder and vegetable stock or water .
- Stir and mix well to insure that you remove all rice stuck to the bottom of the pot .
- Add the Salsa and give it a light stir
- Close and lock the lid. Turn the Instant Pot to Manual for 5 minutes.
- When 5 minutes is up and Instant Pot beeps, let it sit for 3-5 mins . Do a Quick release Be careful, it is very hot.
- Lightly stir it with a fork and add chopped cilantro .
- Serve in bowls. Garnish with whatever you desire and enjoy!
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