A warm, hearty, and cheesy ground beef and rice casserole that's the perfect comfort food for your hungry family. This wonderful recipe uses simple ingredients that you likely have on hand and is ready in less than 30 minutes.
Set to Sauté: Set the Instant Pot to 'Sauté', use the 'Adjust' button to set the heat level to 'More', and allow the pot to heat up.
Cook the Ground Beef: As soon as the digital display reads 'Hot', add the oil to the pot and allow it to heat up. Add the ground beef and cook it, breaking it apart into smaller and smaller pieces as it cooks. Continue until the meat is cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Season the Ground Beef: Mix the dry minced onion, chili powder, cumin, salt, and garlic powder into the meat and cook for an additional 2 minutes tossing occasionally.
Cancel Sauté: Cancel out of the Sauté function.
add the Stock & Rice
Add the chicken stock to the meat and, using a wooden spoon or spatula, deglaze the bottom of the liner. Layer the rice on top of the ground beef and gently push it down into the stock so that it is submerged and damp. Add the Rotel evenly over the rice, do not mix it in.
set the Cook Time
5-Minute Cook Time: Close the Instant Pot and set the pressure release valve to 'Sealing' and then set the pot to cook on 'Manual' / 'Pressure Cook', 'High Pressure' for 5 minutes.
10-Minute NPR: Once the cooking time has completed, allow for a 10 minute NPR (natural pressure release). Release any remaining pressure after the ten minute NPR has completed.
add the Cheese
Once all the pressure has been released, open the pot and then mix in the cheese. Continue mixing until the cheese fully melts.
for a Cheesy Topping
CrispLid Method: To make the melty cheesy topping, first turn off and unplug your pressure cooker. Next, spread 1 cup of shredded cheese evenly over the top of the casserole. Place the CrispLid on top of the pressure cooker, set it to 450° F, and cook until bubbling and melty. About 2 to 3 minutes.
Baking Dish Method: Transfer the casserole to a baking dish. Spread 1 cup of cheese evenly over the top of the casserole. Set on the middle rack of an oven under 'Lo Broil' and cook until bubbling and melty, about 2 minutes.