easy spanish rice in a brown pottery bowl with a tomato wedge and sour cream

Easy Spanish Rice

Totally hands-off rice is yours in the Instant Pot!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy dinner recipes, how to make spanish rice like restaurants, instant pot recipes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 184 kcal
Author Kris Bordessa


  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper diced
  • 3 cups brown rice
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 2/3 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt


  1. Measure oil, onion, and pepper into the Instant Pot liner. Choose "sauté" and cook until onions are transparent, stirring often for about five minutes. Add remaining ingredients.
  2. Lock lid in place. Using the "manual" setting, set the Instant Pot to cook for 25 minutes. Let rice rest for ten minutes once cooking time expires, then carefully release pressure.

Recipe Notes

Serve this Instant Pot Spanish rice alongside tacos, wrapped up in burritos, or with homemade enchiladas.