A quick, fun alternative to Spanish rice. A splash of fresh lime juice and chopped fresh cilantro added after the rice is cooked adds a bright, fresh flavor to the rice.
The other day Kalyn, Kalyn’s Kitchen, featured her Salsa Rice with Green Chiles, Lime, and Cilantro on Facebook. It sounded like a perfect recipe for my family. When I saw the recipe, I knew it would also make a perfect pressure cooker recipe. I’ve also adapted the recipe to suit what I had on hand and for my family’s tastes.
Making Green Chile Lime Salsa Rice in an Instant Pot
You could serve this green chile rice as a side dish, but I decided to use it as a burrito filling. I layered a whole wheat tortilla with a hand full of diced grilled chicken, a scoop of the salsa rice, some sliced avocado and a sprinkle of cheese. It was a big hit with my family. If you wanted to make it a Meatless Monday meal, just omit the chicken.
Green Chile Lime Salsa Rice
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
- 1 can (7 oz.) diced green chilies with juice (not Jalapenos)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 cup salsa (I used Medium Pace Picante Sauce)
- 1 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice, divided
- 1 cup long-grain rice
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- Green Tabasco Sauce or your favorite hot sauce if you’d like more heat
Select Sauté and add olive oil to pressure cooking pot. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onions. Cook, stirring occasionally until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the cumin and diced green chilies with juice and cook 2-3 minutes more. Add the salsa, chicken or vegetable stock, and 1 tablespoon lime juice and bring to a boil, then stir in the rice.
Select High Pressure and set timer for 3 minutes. When beep sounds turn pressure cooker off, wait 5 minutes and then use a Quick Pressure Release to release any remaining pressure.
When valve drops carefully remove lid, tilting away from you to allow steam to disperse. Stir in one tablespoon lime juice and the chopped cilantro. Cover the rice and let it steam for two minutes before serving
If you’d like the rice a bit spicier, serve with Green Tabasco Sauce or your favorite hot sauce to sprinkle over.
Every time I type chiles in Word, it tells me I’ve spelled it wrong, so I Googled it. I really like this explanation.
Chili is a spiced stew, e.g. chili con carne. Chili powder is a commercial spice blend commonly used in making the aforementioned stew.
Chilies would be the plural of chili, as in “I went to the Chili Cook-Off today. I must have tried a dozen chilies.
Chile is the pepper itself (a fruit actually). Chile powder is ground, dried chile.
Chiles is the plural of chile, as in “I grew lots of chiles this summer, including habaneros, jalapenos, and Anaheims.
Since I usually think the computer is smarter than me, I’m sure I’ve changed chiles to chilies more than once. Now hopefully I’ll get it right – well if I remember to check the guide.
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