instant pot spanish rice recipe

Instant Pot Vegan Very Mild Spanish Rice

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I love Spanish Rice, my digestive tract not so much.  I can’t handle anything spicy at all, so I was pleased to work out this very mild version of Spanish Rice recipe that is easy to make in the Instant Pot.

Finding A Recipe I  Can Eat

ingredients for spanish rice
The basics for vegan Spanish rice

I know.  The rest of you love your chili powder and hot peppers.  The more flames the better.

Me?  I can’t deal.  I’ve never liked hot, spicy dishes.  But, IBS makes it impossible to enjoy even a mild amount of the hot stuff.

I looked over a few Spanish Rice recipes.  I ended up adjusting for my unique digestive needs.

This recipe is easy on the digestive tract, but still full of flavor.

I Have Found Better Than Bouillon

How long have I been a vegan?  Too many years to count.  Yet, I only heard of this stuff about 6 months ago.

I decided to buy a jar as it seemed cheaper in the long run. Instead of using several cubes, it’s just one teaspoon.

Where has this been all my life? If you haven’t tried Better Than Bouillon, No Chicken Broth , it’s made vegans and I highly recommend it.


jar of better than bouillon
Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Broth is the best!

One teaspoon is equal to one cup of broth.  You can get many teaspoons out of each jar.  One cup packs a punch and is a much cheaper than the other options available.

Now, I can’t wait to find dishes to use it in.  It’s quickly become a staple.

Note:  This recipe fits the Instant Pot Duo Mini.  You will need to adjust quantities for larger capacity pots.

Instant Pot Vegan Very Mild Spanish Rice Recipe


4 Tbs Tomato Paste

1 tsp Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Broth dissolved in 1 ¾ cups of hot water

1 cup white rice

½ cup peas

½ cup carrots, cut into small pieces

1 clove garlic minced

Pepper to taste


1. Rinse rice, then put in a bowl.  Cover with water and soak for 15 minutes. Rinse rice again, drain off the excess water, and add rice to pot.

2. Pour in broth/water.

3. Add minced garlic.

4. Add peas and carrots.

5. Add 4 Tbs of tomato paste.  Do not stir.

spanish rice ready to cook in instant pot
All the ingredients for Spanish rice are ready in the pot

6. Add pepper if desired to taste.

7. Close the lid.

8. Press pressure cook and add 5 minutes to the timer.

9. After done cooking, let natural release for 5 minutes then quick release to vent.

Depending on how you like the texture of your rice, you can adjust cooking and venting times.  This is what the final product came out like.

instant pot vegan spanish rice
Vegan Spanish Rice cooked in the Instant Pot


This would be delicious stuffed in tortillas, don’t you think?

Need more vegan Instant Pot recipe ideas?  Here are some cookbooks to get you started…



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