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Instant Pot Salsa Rice

Add Some Delicious Flair to Any Meal With This Simple Side Dish

An incredibly easy and delicious side dish, this Instant Pot Salsa Rice requires few ingredients and only a little bit of time. It makes a perfect companion for any meal, especially Tex-Mex or Mexican inspired dishes.

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I love making rice in my Instant Pot, and this Salsa Rice quickly became a family favorite. It adds an extra kick to white rice and it takes no time or effort at all!

What is Salsa Rice?

Salsa Rice is just that, rice with salsa mixed in. It’s a perfect combination. You can turn your plain white rice into a tasty side dish. And, making it in an electric pressure cooker is super easy! It’s as easy as my super popular Instant Pot Salsa Chicken!

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When I was growing up in Honduras, the rice we ate at home was always red/orange in color. We hardly ever had white rice. Of course, it would be cooked with chopped peppers, onions and spices that would give it that red color. But now, to make things easier, I make the same rice with salsa instead of all the extra ingredients.

What Kind of Rice Do I Use For Salsa Rice?

You can make Instant Pot Salsa Rice with your favorite rice. My recipe, however, is timed for long-grain rice. That means that you can use white long-grain rice, basmati, or jasmine and they will all work perfectly.

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If you use another type of rice you will have to adjust the time accordingly.

What Can I Serve With Instant Pot Salsa Rice?

Oh, the possibilities are endless! You can serve Salsa Rice as a side dish to any meat. It goes great with chicken, pork, and beef. It even works well with fish. We especially like eating it when we make Mexican food.

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Another way to use this Salsa Rice is to add it to burritos or tacos. We also like to add it to Tortilla or Chicken Soup. It’s great to have a container of this rice in the refrigerator because we can pretty much use it with anything! My little one even eats it by itself.

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

These are the kitchen tools I used for this simple pressure cooker recipe:

Appliances & Cookware

I made this Salsa Rice in my 8-quart Instant Pot, but this recipe will work in any pressure cooker that’s 3-quarts and up.

Food Storage

I always store my leftover rice in these food storage bowls.

Electric Pressure Cooker Accessories

Make sure to check out my post on Must-Have Electric Pressure Cooker Accessories. You’ll find a complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with your electric pressure cooker.

This recipe is so easy – it’s pretty much dump and start. My one tip for you is to not mix in the salsa when pouring it in. Some of the newer Instant Pot models are very sensitive and you stand the chance of getting the burn message if you do. I don’t have issues with my DUO but some of the newer models will easily give you the burn message with tomato products.

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I know you will love how easy and delicious this Instant Pot Salsa Rice is. Let me know in the comments when you try it and what you like to eat it with.

Instant Pot Salsa Rice

Long-Grained Rice and Salsa Cooked in Chicken Stock

3.84 from 12 votes
DifficultySuper Easy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Instant Pot
IP Pressure LevelHigh
IP ProgramManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Pressure Release
10 minute NPR
Total Time
15 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
This is the perfect weeknight side dish to add some festive flair to any meal. You'll only need 4 simple ingredients for this super easy, terrifically tasty rice.
Cuisine: American, Spanish
Course: Side Dish
Category: Rice



  • Rinse the rice under cool water until the water runs clear.
  • Add All Ingredients To Pot: Add the rice, chicken stock, and salt to the pot and give everything a gentle stir to combine. Pour the salsa over the rice without mixing it in.
  • 3-Minute Cook Time: Close the Instant Pot, set the pressure release valve to 'Sealing', and set the pot to cook on 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook', 'High Pressure' for 3 minutes.
  • 10-Minute NPR: Once the 3-minute cooking time has completed, allow for a 10-minute natural pressure release. Release any remaining pressure after the 10-minute NPR has completed.
  • Fluff the Rice: Once the remaining pressure has been released and the pin has dropped, open the Instant Pot and, using a fork, fluff the rice.

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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  • Kristin Elliott says:

    Does this work doubled? I have a party to go to with a taco theme.

    • Hi Kristin! I never have good luck making more than 3 cups at a time. The rice seems mushier when I make more. I personally would make two batches. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Martin says:

    I’ve tried this twice and it has scorched each time. What could I be doing wrong?

    • Hi Martin! Did you mix the tomatoes? That could cause it. Tomatoes are known for scorching. When I make the rice, there is usually a bot of scorching at the bottom, but never enough to be a problem. Did you get the burn message or did most of the rice come out OK? Let me know. These newer IPs are so sensitive as well. Which model do you have?

  • Nicole says:

    Holy cow! I made the rice and I live in high altitude so I did 4 minutes but dang!!! Spicy homemade salsa I made too. Soooo good and easy! Hope it repeats well

  • Tom says:

    I tried this but the timer started without coming to pressure. Sealing ring was in place. I opened it up and the rice had started sticking to the bottom, as if there wasn’t enough liquid. I did not stir the salsa in, follower steps appropriately. Any thought?

    • Hi Tom! I’m sorry to hear you had an issue. Did you add the liquid required? Did you set the pot to sealing? If it wasn’t set to sealing, then the liquid would have definitely escaped causing this to happen.

  • Kelly Pelicaric says:

    Just made this in a pinch, I needed a side dish for tacos, so yummy.

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