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Instant Pot Mexican Beef & Rice Casserole

In a hurry? Need to find an easy and a yummy way to use up one pound of ground beef (or turkey) in the Instant Pot? Look no further. I have the perfect recipe for you!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef (you could substitute with ground turkey if desired)
  • 1 medium red onion (or you can use yellow), diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 15.5oz jar of salsa (I used mild & chunky, but you can use any kind you want)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
  • 15 oz canned corn, rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz canned beans, rinsed and drained (can use any kind like black beans or red kidney beans)
  • Sour cream (OPTIONAL)
  • Shredded cheese (OPTIONAL)
  • Cilantro, chopped (OPTIONAL)
  • Guacamole (OPTIONAL)


  1. Turn the Instant Pot on. Set it to sauté. Add in olive oil, ground beef, diced onions, salt, chili powder and ground cumin. Stir. Keep breaking up the ground beef. Keep sautéing until the beef is browned.
  2. Turn the Instant Pot off. Add in salsa, water and rice. Mix well. Put the lid on and lock it. Set the valve to sealing.
  3. Set it for 8 minutes on manual high pressure.
  4. When time is up, switch the valve to venting (for quick release).
  5. Add in the beans and corn. Sauté it for 1-2 minutes to warm the beans and corn up. Serve in bowls.
  6. The following ingredients are not required however they do make nice toppings for this casserole: guacamole, cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream.

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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

This is just like what they serve at Qdoba and it’s an Instant Pot recipe! Win-win if you ask me.


  • 2 cups uncooked Jasmine rice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro, lightly packed
  • 1 large lime, juiced (don’t use bottled lime juice!)


  1. Put the uncooked rice in a mesh strainer and run under water to wash it. Put it in the Instant Pot. Add salt. Add water. Stir to combine.
  2. Cover the Instant Pot. Make sure the lid is locked and the vent is set to sealed. Press the “RICE” button. Let it do its magic.
  3. Let it release pressure naturally. Stir in cilantro and lime juice. Season with more salt if desired.

IT IS THAT EASY! You could also use other type of rices if you want. It doesn’t have to be Jasmine but it is what I use for this recipe.

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Sausage-and-Zucchini Rice

sausagezucchinirice I tried this recipe last night.. it was so easy to make! Very satisifying! This is also a good recipe to throw into any weeknight rotation.

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Parmesan Risotto


One of my favorite reasons to make risotto is that if I’m cold, physically chilled to the bone, standing over the risotto and stirring it for half an hour will warm me right up.Keep in mind that making risotto does require patience, it cannot be rushed. The rice will only absorb so much liquid at a time; it is the perfect “slow food”. I ensure you that it’s worth the try!   Read the rest of this entry »

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Broiled Shrimp Scampi / Rice Pilaf with Tomatoes


This recipe is awesome and unbelievably easy! Broiled Shrimp Scampi is also good served over pasta.

This is a great way to cook shrimp with less oil. A broiler heats from the top, so you need very little oil to prevent food from sticking to the cooking surface. Broiled shrimp scampi takes about 10 to 15 minutes to do (mostly prep time).

As for the rice pilaf, you definitely want to stick with long-grain type. Long grain rice is long and slender. When cooked, the grains remain separate and fluffy. Long grain rice is great when used as a side dish or a main dish. Feel free to use the flavored canned diced tomatoes in this particular rice pilaf. The rice pilaf is about half hour to 40 minutes (prep time included).

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