Course Entrees
Difficulty Easy
Pulse Type Beans
Specialty Diet Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Occasion Instant Pot
Nutrition 1/2 cup serving
Recipe Contributed By Two Peas and Their Pod

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Instant Pot Mexican Rice Casserole

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 37 minutes


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, yellow; chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper, red; seeds removed and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 14.5 oz cans tomatoes, diced
  • 1 4 oz can green chilies, diced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 large lime, juiced
  • 1 cup rice, long grain brown
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp salt, kosher
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup corn, frozen
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, or Mexican blend; shredded
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • Tortilla chips, gluten-free; for serving, optional


  • Put the olive oil in the Instant Pot and select Browning/Saut√©. When the oil is hot, add the onion and red bell pepper. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, green chiles, vegetable broth, lime juice, brown rice, black beans, pinto beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined. Lock the lid on the Instant Pot, select high pressure, and set to 22 minutes cook time.
  • After the 22 minutes, turn off the Instant Pot and let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, carefully turn the vent to a quick pressure release.
  • Stir in the corn, shredded cheese, cilantro, and green onions. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
  • Serve with sliced avocados and tortilla chips, if desired.