Instant Pot Mexican Rice and Beans made with dried black beans and brown rice. This set and forget recipe comes together easily and effortlessly, and the result is a mega flavorful meal, perfect on its own or rolled into a burrito!
authentic mexican rice and beans recipe beginnings
Rice and Beans is the story of my life. Growing up, we ate this combo E-v-e-r-y-d-a-y! We would have pasta or lasagna on an occasional Sunday but we never went too long without rice and beans.
I can still remember the loud whistle of my Mother’s pressure cooker interfering with my TV program. The longer the beans cooked, the louder was the whistle and the more I adjusted the volume. It was a fight that always ended with a tasty fresh meal on my plate and to-date I still believe all things should settle with a meal 🙂
However, if you decided that pressure cookers aren’t for you that totally okay and you can still make delicious beans without it. I mean, just take a look at this stove top pinto beans recipe and this oven baked black eyed peas recipe. Amazing, right?!
instant pot mexican rice and beans
Today, my ‘pressure cooker’ a.k.a INSTANT POT is quieter, safer and it seems to accomplish a lot more than just beans. I can cook beans AND rice all at once, for instance, something that my mother never did 🙂
This Instant Pot Mexican Rice and Beans recipe is made from dried black beans and brown rice. This set and forget recipe comes together easily and effortlessly, and the result is a mega flavorful meal, perfect on its own, or rolled into a burrito or empanada.
how to make mexican rice and beans together using instant pot
The key is to pair up the rice and beans that require the same amount of cooking time. To demonstrate what a successful combination would look like, I’ll answer a few common questions.
Can I use white rice instead?
No. White rice cooks much faster than brown rice, so you will either get cooked rice and undercooked beans or cooked beans and overcooked soggy rice. Also brown rice is much healthier because white rice has been stripped out of all nutrients during the ‘bleaching’ process.
Can I use canned beans instead?
That’s also a no. Canned beans are already cooked, therefore additional cooking time will turn them super soggy and mushy. Plus dried beans are cheaper!
Can I use a different type of beans?
It depends. Different beans have different cooking times. For instance pinto beans cooks in 20 minutes while northern white beans and kidney beans takes 30 minutes to cook. Black beans and brown rice have the same cooking time which makes them a perfect instant pot combo!
You can play around with the different types of rice and beans, as there are sooooo many of them out there. Find a good pair and give it a go!
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Instant Pot Mexican Rice and Beans
- Instant pot
- 1 cup dried black beans (not soaked)
- 1 1/2 cup brown rice
- 1 1/2 cup salsa (I used medium chunky)
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 whole red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 whole white onion, chopped
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup cilantro (stem and leaves, minced)
Spices and Seasoning
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- Add beans, rice and vegetable broth to the instant pot and stir to combine.
- Next add the salsa, corn, bell pepper, onion, cilantro and spices BUT DO NOT STIR.
- Cover the instant pot and seal the vent. Cook on HP for 26 minutes. When done allow for 10 minutes of NPR, then quickly release any remaining pressure.
- Open the pot and give it a good mix. If there is more liquid in the pot than you wish, turn on sauté mode for an additonal 10 minutes. This will eliminate some of the liquid*