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!
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 Recipe
LONG-GRAIN RICE AND SALSA COOKED IN CHICKEN STOCK
- 2 cups long grain white rice rinsed until water runs clear
- 1 ½ cups unsalted chicken stock
- 1 jar salsa 16 oz jar of your favorite salsa, I used Mateo’s Gourmet Salsa
- 1 tsp kosher salt or to taste
- 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.
14 thoughts on “Instant Pot Salsa Rice”
For those getting “burn” message, did y’all rinse the rice really well? That would give extra moisture to the bottom, and keep the excess starch on the rice from sticking to the bottom…😣😣😣
Anyone else keep getting the “burn” alert?
I love this recipe! I don’t add the salt though, it has enough with the salsa. Thank you!
So glad you love it! Thanks for stopping by!
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!
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?
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
Hi Nicole! So happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your results!
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.
Just made this in a pinch, I needed a side dish for tacos, so yummy.
Hi Kelly! It’s so easy, right?! I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for stopping by the blog!