Instant Pot Spanish Rice with Beef Sirloin or Flank Steak

Instant Pot Spanish Rice with beef sirloin or flank steak, is an easy 30-minute Mexican dinner. I’ll show you how to use frozen meat to make this delicious and easy Instant Pot sirloin steak recipe!


  • 1 Tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound frozen sirloin or flank steak
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chipotle chile powder , or regular chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, rinsed (if you prefer brown rice, add 5-7 minutes of additional cooking time)
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 16 oz red salsa, store-bought or 2 cups homemade salsa
  • 15 oz canned black beans , or 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 14.5 oz canned fire-roasted corn, drained (I use 1 3/4 cups frozen)
  • 14.5 oz canned fire-roasted diced tomatoes with liquid, or 1 3/4 cups homemade tomato sauce
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Press “saute” to preheat the Instant Pot. When the word “Hot” appears on the display, add the olive oil. When the oil is shimmering, add the frozen sirloin. Brown it well on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side, then set it aside.
  • Add the onion and cook about 5 minutes, until it’s soft. Add the garlic, chili powder and cumin and cook for 1 minute. Turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Add the rice, reserved sirloin and beef broth to the pot, stirring well to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom. Add the salsa, black beans, corn and tomatoes. Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Press “Manual” and immediately adjust the timer to 10 minutes. Check that the cooking pressure is set to “High” and that the release valve is set to “Sealing”.
  • When the time is up, open the Instant Pot using “Quick Pressure Release”. Remove the sirloin and shred it with two forks, then return it to the pot and mix to combine.
  • Taste, then season with salt and pepper and serve.
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  • Please note that the recipe is written for cooking in an Instant Pot. For different brands of electric pressure cooker or multi-cooker, some of the recipe directions may not apply. 

Recipe Inspired from the cookbook Cooking From Frozen in Your Instant Pot by Kristy Bernardo.

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