Green Chile Lime Rice | Instant Pot recipe

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Instant Pot Green Chile Rice is flavored with a mild green Chile, lime juice, salsa, and broth for a quick and tasty side dish, burrito filling, or taco filling. 

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

The great part about this simple side dish is that it gets tons of flavor from pantry staples like jarred salsa, green chiles, long-grain white rice, and broth.

This green chile rice goes with so many amazing main dishes, from grain bowls to tacos to burritos. It can be as mild or spicy as you like, and it comes together in minutes. 

This is one of our favorite Instant Pot side dishes. If you haven’t made rice in the pressure cooker yet, start with this simple all-purpose recipe for Instant Pot white rice and brown rice

Update: We love this salsa-infused Instant Pot rice recipe, and have updated the post with new photos and tips to help you perfect it at home. 

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INGREDIENTS YOU NEED

Here’s what you need for this quick and easy green chile rice:

  • Onion. This is a built-in flavor base for your rice. 
  • Green chiles with juice. You can often find these near the taco shells and other Mexican items in the grocery store, they’re not pickled jalapeños.
  • Cumin. Use ground cumin, not cumin seeds. 
  • Salsa. We love Medium Pace Picante Sauce, but any jarred salsa will work. 
  • Broth. You can use homemade or store-bought chicken or vegetable broth. 
  • Lime. Freshly squeezed lime juice is best for flavor. 
  • Rice. Be sure to use long-grain white rice so it cooks at the right time in the pressure cooker. 
  • Cilantro. You’ll want this for a nice fresh herby finish. 

If you want your green chile rice to actually cook up green, make sure to use a green salsa. We like Trader Joe’s salsa verde best, but since we don’t get there often, we’ll use the Old El Paso Creamy Salsa Verde sauce from our local grocery store. The Herdez brand of salsa verde is a little spicier than my family’s taste, but the flavor is great if you like it a little spicier.

An overhead shot looking into an Instant Pot cooking pot filled with sautéed onions and peppers. Then two bunches of cilantro on the sides.

How to Make Green Chile in an Instant Pot

This easy recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL.

Start making your chile rice by sauteing the onion in the Instant Pot. Once the onions are softened, add the cumin and diced green chiles and cook until the mixture is fragrant. Next add the salsa, stock, and lime juice. Stir in the rice. 

Cook the rice on high pressure for three minutes, then let the pressure release naturally for five minutes and finish with a quick pressure release. Rove the lid and add another squeeze of lime juice and your cilantro. 

Place the lid back on the pressure cooker and let the rice steam for about two minutes before serving it up. You can add additional cilantro, hot sauce, or lime juice if you like. 

An overhead shot of the cooked green Chile rice with chopped cilantro on top as a garnish

Important Tips for Making Green Chile Rice

  • Be sure to use long-grain white rice, as other varieties of rice will not pressure cook in the same time.
  • You can use mild or hot salsa, depending on your preference for spice. 
  • In a pinch, you can swap the broth with water. You may need to add additional salt to season the rice as it cooks. 
  • We don’t recommend skipping the step to saute the onions, as it adds a ton of rich caramelized flavor, but if you’re in a time crunch, it won’t impact the cooking time. 

How should I serve green chile rice?

You can serve this rice alongside your favorite entrees, like Easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork, Mexican Pinto Bean Soup, or Instant Pot Chicken Tacos. It also makes a great burrito filling. 

An overhead shot of a white bowl filled with diced red tomatoes, diced green cilantro, and a lime wedge. In the background are yellow tortilla chip rounds and two tacos on corn tortillas

Frequently Asked Questions about Instant Pot Chile Rice

Can I make mild green chile rice?

This recipe has a bit of heat from the jarred green chiles, but you can use mild salsa to keep it from tasting too spicy. If you do like some heat, use medium or spicy salsa or add hot sauce on top.

How should I store leftover Instant Pot rice?

Store any leftover green chile rice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. 

Can I freeze cooked green chile rice?

Yes, you can freeze fully cooled individual portions of this rice. The texture may be a little softer and mushier once it’s defrosted though. 

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An overhead shot of a white bowl filled with diced red tomatoes, diced green cilantro, and a lime wedge. In the background are yellow tortilla chip rounds and two tacos on corn tortillas

Green Chile Lime Salsa Rice

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

This Instant Pot Green Chile Rice is made with jarred chiles, cumin, and jarred salsa for a flavor-packed weeknight side dish.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Select Sauté to preheat the cooking pot. When hot, add oil to the pressure cooking pot and the chopped onions. Cook, stirring occasionally until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cumin and diced green chilies with juice and cook 2-3 minutes more. Add the salsa, broth, and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Stir in rice.
  3. Select High Pressure and the cook time for 3 minutes. When the cook time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then finish with a Quick Pressure Release.
  4. When valve drops carefully remove lid. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice and chopped cilantro. Cover the rice and let it steam for two minutes before serving
  5. If you'd like the rice a bit spicier, serve with Green Tabasco Sauce or your favorite hot sauce to sprinkle over.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 249mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.

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