Instant Pot Santa Fe Beans and Rice



Instant Pot Santa Fe Beans and Rice–brown rice, kidney beans and black beans are simmered with salsa, corn and seasonings in your electric pressure cooker. The beans and rice are topped with garlic lime sour cream and grated cheddar cheese. You can serve this as a meatless meal or add in chicken for some extra protein. We love this easy and healthy, family friendly meal.

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Instant Pot Santa Fe Beans and Rice--brown rice, kidney beans and black beans are simmered with salsa, corn and seasonings in your electric pressure cooker. Serve with garlic lime sour cream and grated cheddar cheese on top. Serve as a meatless meal or add in chicken for some extra protein. We love this easy and healthy, family friendly meal.

Instant Pot Santa Fe Beans and Rice

I just love meals like this. I threw beans, rice and chicken into the Instant Pot and walked away. I came back to the pot and shredded up the chicken and served the beans and rice with my newly found love, garlic lime sour cream (recipe below). It was a perfect easy meal that is healthy and budget friendly too! I actually loved the leftovers just as much or more than the original night when we ate this dish. This dinner is a winner at my house!

Some notes about ingredients:

Chicken–you can make this meal completely meatless, however if you want you can add in chicken. I added a few boneless skinless chicken thighs on top of the rice and beans and they cooked perfectly. I shredded them up and stirred everything together. You can also use chicken breasts too. It’s up to you on what you prefer.

Corn–because it’s what I had on hand I used a can of corn. I rinsed and drained it first. If you prefer you can use frozen corn too. If you want you can leave out the corn altogether.

Cheddar–initially I was going to stir a couple cups of cheddar cheese into the rice and beans but I decided that it didn’t need it. If you want to make it a cheesy masterpiece then you can stir a couple cups of grated cheddar into the rice and beans after they are cooked. Otherwise you can serve with just a tablespoon of grated cheese on top of each plate.

Rice–we eat brown rice most of the time at our house. However, this recipe could probably work with white rice. Just use 1 1/2 cups of rinsed white rice and 2 3/4 cups of water. If you are using short grain white rice then cook for 8 minutes. If you are using long grain white rice then you only need to cook for 3 minutes. If you want chicken with the white rice, I don’t think it will cook in time as a large chicken breast or thigh. You’ll have to use thawed chicken that is cut up into pieces.

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Instant Pot Santa Fe Beans and Rice--brown rice, kidney beans and black beans are simmered with salsa, corn and seasonings in your electric pressure cooker. Serve with garlic lime sour cream and grated cheddar cheese on top. Serve as a meatless meal or add in chicken for some extra protein. We love this easy and healthy, family friendly meal.

More meatless Instant Pot recipes…

Garlic Herb Lentils

Pasta Primavera

Butternut Squash

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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Instant Pot Santa Fe Beans and Rice--brown rice, kidney beans and black beans are simmered with salsa, corn and seasonings in your electric pressure cooker. Serve with garlic lime sour cream and grated cheddar cheese on top. Serve as a meatless meal or add in chicken for some extra protein. We love this easy and healthy, family friendly meal.

What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?

To make Instant Pot Santa Fe Beans and Rice I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly.  It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.

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Instant Pot Santa Fe Beans and Rice


Description

Brown rice, kidney beans and black beans are simmered with salsa, corn and seasonings in your electric pressure cooker. Serve with garlic lime sour cream and grated cheddar cheese on top. Serve as a meatless meal or add in chicken for some extra protein. We love this easy and healthy, family friendly meal.


Ingredients

For the beans and rice:

  • 1 1/2 cups long grain brown rice
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup picante sauce (I used mild)
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning (I make my own homemade taco seasoning)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Optional: 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • Grated cheddar, for serving

For the garlic lime sour cream:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Instructions

  1. Add the rice, water, kidney beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, picante sauce, taco seasoning, salt and pepper into the Instant Pot. Stir a bit.
  2. If desired, place chicken on top of mixture.
  3. Cover and secure the lid. Make sure valve is on sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 20 minutes.
  4. Allow the pressure to release naturally for at least 10 minutes. Move valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  5. Cut up chicken and then stir it back in to the pot.
  6. Make the garlic lime sour cream by stirring together sour cream, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, kosher salt and garlic cloves.
  7. Serve rice and beans with a dollop of the sour cream on top. Sprinkle with grated cheddar, if desired. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.

Get the SLOW COOKER santa fe beans and rice version of the recipe here

I have also tried this recipe with pearl barley instead of brown rice. We really liked the chewiness and texture of the barley. Use 1 1/2 cups pearl barley and 2 1/2 cups water and cook for 25 minutes.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe (no chicken/no sour cream)
  • Calories: 302
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 655 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 61 g
  • Protein: 11 g

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Instant Pot Santa Fe Beans and Rice--brown rice, kidney beans and black beans are simmered with salsa, corn and seasonings in your electric pressure cooker. Serve with garlic lime sour cream and grated cheddar cheese on top. Serve as a meatless meal or add in chicken for some extra protein. We love this easy and healthy, family friendly meal.




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