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Incredibly Flavorful Vegan Mexican Rice Recipe (Instant Pot)

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This Vegan Mexican Rice recipe, also known as Vegan Spanish Rice, is packed with delicious flavors and captures the taste of rice you’d find in authentic Mexican restaurants. It’s the perfect side dish with simple ingredients and it’s easy to make

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This easy vegan rice recipe is a fluffy rice that can be served as a main dish, especially if you add pinto beans or black beans to it. However, it is typically enjoyed as a side dish to Mexican food like these vegan enchiladas or in a burrito bowl.


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This rice is so good! The whole family loved it and it was easy!

 – Melissa


Easy Vegan Mexican Rice

Before I lost 125 pounds my husband and I would eat at a local restaurant several times a month. Their idea of Mexican cuisine was a burrito smothered in Velveeta cheese sauce with a side of rice that definitely wasn’t authentic Mexican rice. 

Now that I have lost weight and watch what I put in my body I created this easy Mexican rice recipe. I ditched the typical chicken broth and used vegetable broth instead. You will love the delicious flavor this rice has and I predict it will become a taco night staple.

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Vegan Mexican Rice Recipe Ingredients

You can find the full recipe card, including ingredient quantities, full step-by-step instructions, and nutritional information below.

  • Rice – Typically Mexican Rice has long grain rice, but you can use your favorite type of rice like basmati rice, white jasmine rice, or even brown rice. I used organic long-grain white rice.
  • Olive oil – you could opt to saute the vegetables in the veggie broth and save some calories and fat.
  • Garlic cloves – minced
  • Onion – you can use your favorite type – red onion, white onion, or yellow onion. I used a yellow onion. 
  • Poblano pepper – you can use your favorite pepper – green bell peppers, jalapeno pepper, or even green chilies. I used a poblano because I love the bright, slightly spicy flavor that it adds.
  • Vegetable stock – you could use water, but vegetable broth adds the best flavor.
  • Tomato Sauce – Adding this or tomato puree is why it is sometimes called Mexican red rice or arroz rojo.

Seasonings

  • Garlic Powder – I know this vegetarian Mexican rice uses fresh garlic, but when you’re eating a plant-based diet you want to really boost the flavor, so I use extra spices and everything is better with extra garlic. 
  • Onion Powder – Same as garlic.  
  • Chili Powder – It gives it a depth of flavor.
  • Ground Cumin – gives it that authentic Mexican flavor.
  • Salt – you can omit if you’re watching your salt intake or if your veggie stock has salt. 
  • White Pepper – it adds a smooth heat. I think you will enjoy it, but you could sub Black Pepper.

Pro Tips – You could use this Copycat Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce in place of the tomato sauce.

You could use this Copycat Old El Paso Taco Seasoning instead of the seasonings. 


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Instructions

In the Instant Pot pressure cooker, using the Saute function, heat the olive oil.

Once hot, add the onion and poblano and saute, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Turn off Saute function.

Pour the broth into the Instant Pot and stir to scrape any pieces stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add the remaining ingredients including the rinsed rice and stir. 

Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position. Pressure cook on high for 4 minutes. When it finishes cooking, allow the pressure to naturally release for 13 minutes by leaving it alone. 

Be sure to keep an eye on it because the addition of tomato sauce can sometimes cause the Instant Pot to issue a burn warning.

Then, carefully release any remaining steam by turning the steam release valve to the venting position. Once the pin drops down, remove the lid and fluff the rice. 

Add fresh cilantro, vegan cheese, or a squeeze of lime juice, serve and enjoy!

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Incredibly Flavorful Vegan Mexican Rice Recipe (Instant Pot)

This Vegan Mexican Rice recipe, also known as Vegan Spanish Rice, is packed with delicious flavors and captures the taste of rice you'd find in authentic Mexican restaurants. It's the perfect side dish with simple ingredients and it's easy to make.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword vegan mexican rice recipe, vegan spanish rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
pressurize and natural release 23 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 170kcal
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 8 oz tomato sauce

Seasonings

  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper can sub black pepper
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice, drain, and set aside.
  • In the Instant Pot pressure cooker, using the Saute function, heat the olive oil. Once hot, add the onion and poblano and saute, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes or until softened.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Turn off Saute function.
  • Pour the broth into the Instant Pot and stir to scrape any pieces stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add the remaining ingredients including the rinsed rice and stir. 
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position. Pressure cook on high for 4 minutes. When it finishes cooking, allow the pressure to naturally release for 13 minutes by leaving it alone
  • Then, carefully release any remaining steam by turning the steam release valve to the venting position. Once the pin drops down, remove the lid and fluff the rice. 
  • Serve with fresh cilantro, vegan cheese, or a squeeze of lime juice.

Notes

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NOTES & TIPS 
You could use this Copycat Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce in place of the tomato sauce for a bolder flavor.
You could use this Copycat Old El Paso Taco Seasoning instead of the seasonings. 
This recipe uses long-grain white rice. If using long-grain brown rice add 25 minutes cooking time. 
Short-grain rice will be slightly sticky and not as fluffy as long-grain rice.
Nutritional Information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this recipe may differ depending on the ingredients you use.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5 cup | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Fiber: 2g

FAQ’s

Can you freeze Mexican Rice? 

Yes. You can freeze Mexican rice. Freezing rice is a convenient way to meal prep and have it ready for future use.

Here are some tips for freezing Mexican rice:

  1. Cool the Rice: Allow the cooked rice to cool completely before freezing. This helps prevent the formation of ice crystals that can affect the rice’s texture.
  2. Portioning: Divide the rice into individual or family-sized portions. This makes it easier to thaw only the amount you need without having to defrost the entire batch.
  3. Air-Tight Containers or Bags: Use an air-tight container or freezer bag to store the rice. Squeeze out excess air from the bags before sealing to minimize the risk of freezer burn.
  4. Labeling: Clearly label the containers or bags with the date of freezing to keep track of freshness. Also, note the type of rice if you have different varieties in the freezer.
  5. Freeze Flat: If using bags, try to freeze them flat. This makes it easier to stack and saves space in the freezer.
  6. Thawing: When you’re ready to use the frozen Mexican rice, you can thaw it in the refrigerator overnight or use the defrost function on your microwave. You can also reheat it directly from frozen on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a small amount of liquid if needed.
  7. Quality Consideration: While freezing can preserve the rice for an extended period, it may affect the texture slightly. Adding a little moisture or reheating with a splash of water can help restore its fluffiness.

Is Mexican rice healthy?

The healthiness of Mexican rice depends on its specific ingredients and how it’s prepared. Sometimes restaurant rice has a lot of oil and sodium. Generally, a homemade version allows you to control the ingredients and make adjustments for a healthier dish, especially if it includes whole grains, vegetables, and a variety of spices like this vegan Mexican rice recipe.


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Storage

To store leftover rice properly and maintain its freshness, follow these guidelines:

  1. Cool the Rice:
    • Allow the rice to cool to room temperature before storing. Avoid storing hot rice to prevent condensation and the growth of bacteria.
  2. Airtight Container:
    • Transfer the rice to an airtight container. A sealed container helps prevent moisture from getting in and keeps the rice from drying out.
  3. Refrigeration:
    • Store the Mexican rice in the refrigerator if you plan to consume it within 4-5 days. 
  4. Freezing (for Longer Storage):
    • If you want to store the Mexican rice for an extended period, consider freezing it. It will stay fresh for a few months. See the FAQ’s below for freezing tips.
  5. Reheating:
    • When ready to eat, reheat the refrigerated or frozen rice thoroughly. You can reheat it in the microwave, on the stovetop, or in the oven. Adding a bit of moisture (water or broth) during reheating can help restore moisture to the rice.

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​Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical professional. The information provided on this blog is based on my personal experiences and research as a vegan recipe enthusiast. While I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns. The recipes and tips shared on this blog are meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking personalized guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

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