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crumbled cheese and parsley on top of the bowl of Spanish rice

Instant Pot Spanish Rice

Delicious Spanish Rice made in the Instant Pot is perfect for meal prepping and having enough leftovers for lunches.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Spanish Rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 355kcal
Author savorandsavvy.com


  • 2 lbs chuck ground
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 2 cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup Heinz Ketchup
  • 1 can tomato paste 6oz
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • coarsee ground garlic salt Lawry's
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 packages success rice


  • Chop the onion and green pepper. 
  • Turn on the SAUTE setting on your INSTANT POT, and melt the butter. 
  • When butter is melted, add the onion and green pepper, and Saute until golden brown, or caramelized. 
  • Remove the Sauteed onion and pepper from the instant pot, and set aside. 
  • Place the ground chuck in the INSTANT POT and cook the meat until it's browned well, and no pink is visible.
    inside the instant pot showing the drained ground beef
  • Turn off the SAUTE setting.
  • Drain the ground beef using a colander.  
  • Clean the fat from the Instant Pot with additional paper towels.
  • Place the ground chuck back in the Instant Pot, along with the sauteed onion and peppers, and sprinkle with the garlic salt, seasoned salt, and seasoned pepper, and stir. 
    adding the sautéed onions and green peppers on top of the ground beef
  • Open the cans of Stewed Tomatoes, and pour the liquid in the Instant Pot, leaving the tomatoes in the cans. 
  • Take a large sharp knife, and slice the tomatoes right in the can into bite size pieces, and pour them in the Instant Pot. 
    Adding all remaining ingredients inside the pot including brown sugar and herbs
  • (Pour a little water in the cans to get the seasonings in the bottom, and add it to the Instant Pot) 
  • Add the Ketchup, tomato paste, water, tomato sauce, chili powder, Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, and brown sugar, and stir well to combine. 
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, until it beeps and locks.  
  • Press the manual setting, and set the time for 10 minutes
  • While the Meat mixture is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil (on the stove), and cook the Success Rice for 10 minutes. 
  • When the Rice is done, drain well, and set aside. 
  • When the Instant Pot is done cooking, it will beep; watch the time, and after 5 minutes, do a quick release, and when all the pressure has been released, and the float valve is down, open the lid to the Instant Pot.
  • Stir the Meat and tomatoes, and then add the Rice.  
    After cooking and stirring, this is the thick spanish rice meal
  •  Stir the Rice into the meat, just until it's mixed - do not continue to stir, or it will thicken the Spanish Rice. 
  • Taste the Spanish Rice to make sure it has enough salt, or pepper according to your own personal preference. 
  • Serve the Spanish Rice with toasted garlic bread, Tortilla chips, side salad or green beans - or your favorite side dish.  Enjoy!


NOTE:  Don't substitute diced tomatoes for the Stewed Tomatoes; Stewed tomatoes are prepared with onion/pepper/celery and seasonings, and give them a wonderful flavor; slicing them in the can is easy, and there's no mess to clean up.  Cooking the Spanish Rice in the Instant Pot saves about 2 hours of simmering time, and really infuses the flavors.  


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 808mg | Potassium: 1011mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1119IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 5mg