Spicy Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans and Corn

spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn

This Spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn is a delicious variation to the classic cilantro lime rice. This is great as is with some guac, cheese and sour cream or an accompaniment to all your Mexican meals.

spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn

My world is currently revolving around instant pot rice recipes.

This spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn is

  • Easy
  • One pot
  • Effortless
  • Flavorful
  • Convenience
  • Balanced
  • Spicy… not super spicy
  • Great for meal prep
  • Delicious

If you love spicy food but can’t handle the heat, then this rice is for you!

So easy, yet packed with flavor and textures.

spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn

Why do I love rice recipes?

They are comforting, great in the refrigerator and freezer and can be prepared zillion different ways!

What do I love more than rice dishes? Making them in my favorite Instant Pot!

Some of my favorite instant pot rice recipes:

Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice 

Instant Pot Shrimp Fried Rice

Instant Pot Chicken Pesto Rice

Do you see a pattern here?

spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn

This rice is a flavorful variation to this Cilantro Lime Rice in Instant Pot.

Let us look at the team players in the cilantro and lime recipe:

  • Rice, white Basmati
  • Frozen corn, use fresh cooked in Summer
  • Black beans, canned for convenience
  • Chicken stock, can use vegetable stock
  • Spices – chili powder, paprika, cumin powder
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Onion and garlic

spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn

How to make spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn?

Step-1: Let Instant Pot get hot, saute frozen corn until thawed (I love this method of thawing frozen veggies right in my instant pot), transfer.

Step-2: Saute chopped onion and garlic, until translucent

Step-3: Saute rice and spices for couple of minutes to toast the rice and spices. Add stock and cook as per detailed instructions below.

Step-4: When done, stir in thawed corn, black beans, chopped cilantro and lime juice. Stir and enjoy!

spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn

How to make non-mushy Instant pot Cilantro Lime Rice? 

It totally depends on your rice, yes! Not all brands, packages of rice are the same though they all say basmati rice in the package —> Some need more water and some less. Some need more cooking time and some less. 

How do we solve this? I came up with two different cooking methods for you (you are welcome!). So, which method is right for you? 

Cooking method-1 

  • If you have tried this recipe already and you have had great success. Just stick to this. 
  • If you cook different rice recipes in your Instant pot and use the rice setting and love the way the rice gets cooked , then this is right for you. 

Cooking method-2

  • If you have tried this recipe before and had a mushy outcome, then go for this. 
  • If you are not sure about your rice or cooking method. 

Another important note for cooking rice in instant pot —–> It depends on the size of your Instant pot. 

I tried making this recipe in a 3-quart Instant pot and a 8-quart Instant Pot. Result? Fried rice in 8-quart was much more firmer that the 3-quart. So, if you a own a larger Instant Pot, then use that for firmer rice. 

Few notes on making this instant pot rice recipe:

  • Rinse rice in a strainer and let it hang out for couple of minutes to drain as much water as possible. This step is important to not only wash the rice, as well as remove excess starch <— less mushier rice
  • Do not double the recipe. It’s just too much to work with and makes the rice overcooked in the process. 
  • I used 1 cup of 33% less sodium chicken stock and the salt was perfect. But, if you have regular sodium chicken stock, then I’d suggest that you reduce the amount of salt. 

How to eat this Instapot cilantro lime rice?

Eat as is with your favorite Mexican toppings :

  • Guacamole
  • Shredded cheddar
  • Pico de gallo or Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Jalapeño

OR as an accompaniment to your favorite Mexican dishes. Here are a few for you check out –

Mexican Spiced Chicken for Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas or Salads

Chickpea Taco Meal Prep Bowls

Spicy Chicken Ranch Quesadillas

Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

 

spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn

 

spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn
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Spicy Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans and Corn

This Spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn is a delicious variation to the classic cilantro lime rice. This is great as is with some guac, cheese and sour cream or an accompaniment to all your Mexican meals.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Author: Maria Doss

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen corn, refer notes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped

Group-1

Additional ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked black beans, refer notes
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice

Accompaniments to serve (optional)

  • Guacamole
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • pico de gallo or salsa
  • jalapeno slices
  • lime wedges
  • chopped cilantro

Instructions

  • Heat Instant pot to saute mode. When hot, add frozen corn and stir occasionally for 2-3 minutes, until completely thawed. Transfer to a small bowl. 
  • In the now empty instant pot (still in saute mode), add vegetable oil followed by chopped onion and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes, until onion begins to get translucent. 
  • Stir in all group-1 ingredients (except stock), and saute for one minute to toast the spices and rice. 
    Add chicken stock, give a good stir. Scrape sides, close Instant pot, lock lid, set valve to sealing, press cancel. (Refer notes below to see which method is right for you).
  • Cooking Method-1 : Select rice mode. (This is an automatic setting and mine took 12 minutes). When cook time is done, let the Instant pot be in warm mode for 5 minutes. When 5 minutes is done, turn valve to vent and let pressure release.Press cancel and open lid. Stir in cooked corn, black beans, chopped cilantro and lime juice. 
  • Cooking Method-2 : Cook for 3 minutes on manual mode. When cook time is done, let it be in warm mode for 10 minutes (for al dente rice) and 15 minutes (for more softer rice) When cooking time is done, turn valve to vent and let pressure release.Press cancel and open lid. Stir in cooked corn, black beans, chopped cilantro and lime juice.

How to serve spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn

  • Spoon some rice into serving dishes and top with guacamole, shredded cheddar, pico de gallo or salsa, sour cream, chopped cilantro and jalapeño slices. 

How to meal prep spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn

  • Divide cooled instant pot cilantro lime rice into meal prep containers and store in refrigerator. 
    Heat in microwave just before eating and add toppings. Enjoy

Notes

Corn - I used frozen corn, since they are always stocked in my freezer and good to go. But, if you have fresh cooked corn, then add 3/4 cup of corn along with black beans in step 6.
Black beans - I used rinsed and drained canned black beans. 
Chicken stock - I used 1 cup of 33% less sodium chicken stock and the salt was perfect. But, if you use regular sodium stock then reduce the amount of salt. Vegetable stock can be used instead. 
Which cooking method is right for you? 
Cooking method-1 
  • If you have tried this recipe already and you have had great success. Just stick to this. 
  • If you cook different rice recipes in your Instant pot and use the rice setting and love the way the rice gets cooked , then this is right for you. 
Cooking method-2
  • If you have tried this recipe before and had a mushy outcome, then go for this. 
  • If you are not sure about your rice or cooking method. 
Rice - any long grain white basmati rice can be used. Rinse rice in a colander until water runs clear. Let it hang out in the strainer at least for 5 minutes, to drain almost all the water. 

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