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Instant Pot(R) Cheesy Mexican Lentils and Rice Recipe

Instant Pot® Cheesy Mexican Lentils and Rice


This cheesy Mexican lentil and rice recipe is a great side dish and takes minimal time and effort to prepare, thanks to the Instant Pot(R). Leftovers can be turned into a bean dip.


  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
  • ¾ cup brown lentils
  • ¾ cup brown rice
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste


  1. Combine chicken broth, tomatoes, lentils, rice, onion, jalapeno peppers, garlic, taco seasoning, oregano, and cumin in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 8 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  2. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes.
  3. Open the lid and stir in 1/2 of the Mexican cheese blend. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top. Put the lid back on top and let sit for 4 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.

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Nutritional Information

Instant Pot® Cheesy Mexican Lentils and Rice

Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories: 338.5
% Daily Value *
protein: 35 %
carbohydrates: 13 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 38 %
fat: 19 %
saturated fat: 41 %
cholesterol: 12 %
vitamin a iu: 5 %
niacin equivalents: 28 %
vitamin b6: 22 %
vitamin c: 12 %
folate: 33 %
calcium: 4 %
iron: 16 %
magnesium: 26 %
potassium: 11 %
sodium: 44 %
thiamin: 25 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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