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instant pot fiesta rice bowl in a gray bowl with avocado chunks and sliced green onion
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Instant Pot Fiesta Rice Bowls

Instant Pot fiesta rice bowls are a vegetarian, gluten-free recipe that works great for meal prep! Just dump it all in the Instant Pot, press the button, and you're done!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Coming to pressure & natural pressure release30 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 379kcal


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 red onion (diced)
  • 3 tomatoes (chopped; see *notes)
  • 1 bell pepper (diced)
  • 11 oz can of corn (drained; 341 mL)
  • 18 oz can of black beans (drained & rinsed; 541 mL)
  • 4.3 oz oz can green chiles (127mL)
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups water

After cooking

  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • fresh tomatoes, cilantro, guacamole, salsa or other toppings


  • Combine the rice, onion, tomatoes, peppers, corn, black beans, chiles, taco seasoning and water in the base of a 6 quart Instant Pot.
  • Stir to combine, put the lid on and set valve to 'sealing'.
  • Pressure cook on high for 3 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally (takes around 15 minutes).
  • Remove the lid and stir in 1 cup of the cheese. Sprinkle the top of the rice with the remaining ½ cup cheese and put the lid back on for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve with suggested toppings.


  • Store in the fridge for up to 4 days and the freezer for up to 3 months.



*this recipe has not been tested with canned tomatoes, and it may give you a burn warning. Use at your own risk.
Stove top
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized (4L) pot. Add 2 cups of water or stock.
  2. Bring to a simmer and start the timer for 20 minutes. Keep the lid on, but stir every 3-4 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot from the burner and set aside to rest for 10 more minutes.
  4. Stir in cheese and enjoy!


Serving: 1fiesta bowl | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 285mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 13.2mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 2.7mg