Instant Pot Taco Rice

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Instant Pot Taco Rice is a quick and easy one-pot dinner with ground beef, jalapeños, chili powder, and white rice. Enjoy on its own or as a topping for salads, nachos, or burritos. 

bowl of instnat pot taco rice with avocado, cheese, sour cream and tomatoes on top

❤️ Why you’ll love it: This is an easy one-pot dinner that stays fresh for lunch the next day. It’s a kid-friendly recipe you’ll want to return to again and again. 

I love new ways to make rice in the Instant Pot, and this taco rice recipe is certainly a fresh twist that my entire family loves.

Plus, this recipe is highly versatile, from bowls to burritos to salads, this recipe is the gift that keeps on giving!

white bowl with instant pot taco rice and sour cream and tomatoes on the side

How to Make Taco Rice in the Instant Pot

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

Aside from sauteeing the ground beef in the instant pot, this is an easy dump-and-go meal. Then, simply add the remaining ingredients (liquid and aromatics), lock the lid in place and cook away!

I recommend using long-grain white rice for this recipe. It absorbs the taco seasonings and won’t become mushy during pressure cooking.

If you’d like to try a different kind of rice, you can use our guide for how to cook rice in the instant pot

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Serving Ideas

It’s easy to serve this flavorful Instant Pot rice in a variety of ways. You can serve it up straight out of the pressure cooker, or try it:

  • On chopped lettuce for taco salad
  • Warmed over chips with melted cheese for taco rice nachos
  • In a tortilla as a burrito

If you’d like to build a taco rice bowl, here are some toppings we love:

  • Diced avocado
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Black olives
  • Sliced scallions
  • Fresh cilantro
overhead of instnat pot full of cooked taco rice

Adjusting the Spice Level

It’s easy to add or reduce the heat in this recipe. If you’d like to tamper down the spice level, be sure to remove the seeds from the jalapenos. Cutting the peppers very small also helps avoid any majorly spicy bites. 

On the other hand, if you love spice, feel free to leave the seeds in your peppers!

bowl of taco rice with toppings on the side

More Instant Pot Rice Recipes

If you agree that the Instant Pot is the best way to cook rice, try these other delicious recipes next:

Overhead picture of Instant Pot taco rice topped with sliced avocado, cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, and sour cream. Placed in a white bowl with tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and a serving bowl with taco rice in the background.

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Yield: 6 Servings

Instant Pot Taco Rice

Instant Pot Taco Rice is full of chili powder, ground beef, and jalapenos for a fast and flavorful weeknight dinner recipe. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1½ cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Toppings: diced tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream

Instructions

Select Sauté and heat the oil in the pressure cooking pot. Add the ground beef, onion, jalapeño, and bell pepper to the pressure cooking pot and cook, breaking the meat into small pieces, until browned and the veggies are softened, about 4-6 minutes. 

Stir in the chicken broth, rice, chili powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 4 minutes cook time.

When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and finish with a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Fluff the rice with a fork. 

Garnish with your favorite taco toppings.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 691mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 25g

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

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