Go Back
+ servings
spicy instant pot cilantro lime rice with black beans and corn
Print Recipe
5 from 8 votes

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.