Sunday, August 1, 2021

Easy One Pot Mexican Beans and Rice

This is a quick and easy one pot Mexican style beans and rice made in Instant Pot. This meal can be put together in 30 minutes and is super simple to make. With a minimal sauté, this meal can be pulled through and is satisfying. This meal is vegan too.

This rice and beans is comforting with Mexican flavors which our family loves. What can you want when you fix a comforting meal in 30 minutes. Minimal chopping of onions and garlic alone is required. The recipe uses canned beans, frozen corn, and crushed tomatoes. And that considerably reduces the prep time and hence the waiting time for dinner too. Black beans and corn are my kids favorite combo and goes perfectly well for this rice. Black beans can be swapped with pinto beans in this rice. Sometimes, I add what I have in hand and that works too. Instead of crushed tomatoes, two or three fresh tomatoes can be pureed and added. 

Another reason to make this is that the leftovers are great to use as burrito filling for the next day dinner. Now I call that two meal in one shot. Who wouldn't love a satisfying burrito? This one pot meal helps in fixing two weeknight meals. Also, this is great for a crowd too!

One-pot meals and Instant Pot meals are always handy to fit in any weeknight dinner planning. Instant Pot Slow Cooker Corn Chowder is very comforting and delicious one to make and enjoy. This is fresh corn season and it is great to try with roasted corn. Speaking of fresh corn, this Elote is a must try for this season. If you love black beans, try this Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup, which is our family favorite too. If your family loves Mexican food like us, then I can guarantee that you'll love this Double Cheese Stuffed Crust Taco Pizza

Christie of A kitchen Hoor's Adventure is Hosting "Super Simple Weeknight Meals" in our #OurFamilyTable group. This is one of the frequently made simple meal and I am linking this for the event. We share Recipes From Our Dinner Table! Join our group and share your recipes, too! While you're at it, follow our Pinterest board, too!

This is a vegan meal too. Feel free to sprinkle vegan cheese or regular cheese if preferred. For us, we don't require that. It is comforting as such. Try and let me know hoe you liked your super simple dinner!

Serves 4 to 6

Rice - 1.5 cups
Salt -1 tsp
Crushed tomatoes - 1/2 cup
Black beans - 1.5 cups, cooked
Corn - 1 cup, frozen
Oregano - 1 tsp
Cayenne - 3/4 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Cumin - 1 tsp
Onion - 1 cup, diced
Garlic - 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Serrano peppers - 2, slit lengthwise


Switch on the Instant pot in sauté mode. Add the oil. When it is hot add the cumin, garlic, onion, and serranos. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Add the rice, beans, crushed tomatoes, corn.

Add the salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, cayenne, oregano, and water. Mix and adjust the salt and spiciness. Set in rice mode.

Release the pressure, open and fluff. 

Enjoy with a side of guacamole.

Here are the links for the super simple weeknight meals we shared today. Thanks, Christie!


  1. Rice and beans is one of my favorites! This sounds so good!

  2. We used to do this from packaged, but I'd much rather cook from scratch!

    1. Fresh ones are always tasty. Thanks,Inger!

  3. What a great side for Taco Tuesday! I love the flavor combinations!

  4. What a great meal for a quick weeknight dinner or side.

  5. I am always looking for rice dishes with my Mexican recipes. This one is going on the list to try. It looks delicious.