Instant Pot Rice and Beans: This is the EASIEST way to prepare red beans and rice! Made with brown rice, dried beans, and a perfect combination of seasonings this pressure cooker Mexican Rice and Beans is a perfect vegetarian entree, filling for a burrito, or side dish.
Oh yes, I am coming at you with another Mexican recipe.
That is why I just have to share this easy Mexican style rice and beans recipe with you. Whether looking for a quick side dish or a hearty meatless meal, I suggest you grab a Pina Colada and make this rice and beans recipe ASAP.
Instant Pot Rice and Beans
It could not be easier to make beans and rice in the instant pot. And I need to mention, because you are using your pressure cooker, you can use dried beans, which makes this meal INCREDIBLY economical. Have you seen how cheap dried beans are? Not to mention they don’t have any added sugars, salts, or calcium chloride, so you are in charge of what you eat!
So yes, Instant Pot Beans and Rice is a perfect frugal one pot meal OR side dish. And you all know how much I LOVE one pot meals that your entire family will eat, so this is ONE easy Instant Pot recipe that you will be making again and again.
Can you used canned beans in Pressure Cooker Rice and Beans?
Absolutely! Feel free to use 2 (15 ounce) cans of rinsed and drained beans in this recipe. The cook time will remain the same. Keep in mind that your beans may get a bit soft, but they will not turn to mush!
Use any canned beans you like, but I recommend red beans, pinto beans, black beans or kidney beans if using canned beans for this rice and bean recipe.
Can you use white rice for Instant Pot Rice and Beans?
You can certainly use white rice for this Pressure Cooker Mexican Beans and Rice recipe, but you MUST used canned beans instead of dried beans. Dried beans take about 25 minutes on high pressure to cook, white rice takes 3 minutes on high pressure to cook. The cook time is just too drastically different try to cook white rice and dried beans together.
What if I want to make Cajun Style Rice and Beans?
If you would like to have Cajun beans and rice, you can make a few changes to this recipe and easily have authentic tasting Cajun Style Rice and Beans.
- Instead of Taco Seasoning, use an equal amount of Cajun Seasoning.
- Instead of Salsa, use diced tomatoes with celery, onion and peppers.
- Stir in 1 teaspoon of hot sauce after cooking.
How to Serve Mexican Rice and Beans
- As a Meatless/Vegetarian Main Course
- Rolled Up in a Burrito
- As the base of a Burrito Bowl
- Served with fried eggs for a Mexican Style Breakfast
- Tossed with chopped romaine, fresh tomatoes, and avocado slices for a quick Taco Salad
A few notes on Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice and Beans Recipe
- You can pre-soak your dried beans overnight before making rice and beans, but that is completely not necessary. I like that with the pressure cooker, you don’t need to soak the beans and they still cook perfectly. However, if you like your beans very, very soft, you may want to pre-soak dried beans overnight.
- This recipe is written to cook on high pressure. Please DO NOT use the rice function on your pressure cooker. For most models, the default is low pressure, which on low pressure the beans and brown rice will not cook fully.
- Be sure to allow pressure to fully release naturally, so that the rice and beans will absorb any remaining liquid in the inner pot and cook fully.
- If you have picky eaters, leave out the onions and/or peppers.
- Feel free to use diced tomatoes with green chilies instead of salsa.
- Rice and beans will keep in your fridge 4-5 days. To reheat, add a splash of water or stock and heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes per serving.
- I have made this recipe with only 2 cups of water and it works–but the rice and beans are much drier. If you like “moist” rice and beans use full 3 cups of liquid. Either variation works to cook the rice and beans.
How To Make Red Beans and Rice in the Pressure Cooker
NOTE: A few readers desired softer beans. I have included an updated recipe for just that (with the original recipe as well)
Instant Pot Rice and Beans
The easiest way to make Mexican rice and beans.
- 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 onion diced
- 1 yellow or red pepper diced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 cups short grain brown rice
- 1 cup dried red beans
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
- cheese, sour cream, cilantro for serving
Turn Instant Pot to saute mode on high and allow to heat up.
Once heated, add in oil, onions, and peppers and saute for 2-3 minutes until just beginning to soften up. Add in garlic and saute for 1 minute longer.
Add in rice, beans, salsa, seasonings and stock, and stir. Put lid on Instant Pot. Cancel saute function and set to high pressure on manual (or pressure cook function) and set timer for 25 minutes.
Let pressure release naturally and then serve with desired toppings.
Be sure to use short grain brown rice (not instant rice or white rice) for this recipe if using dried beans.
Red beans, pinto beans, and black beans work in this recipe--kidney beans take a bit too long for this recipe.
Instead of salsa, feel free to use canned tomatoes with green chilies.
If using white rice and canned beans, cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.
I have made this recipe with only 3 cups of water/stock and it works--but the rice and beans are much drier. If you like "moist" rice and beans use full 4 cups of liquid. Either variation works to cook the rice and beans.
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