This Instant Pot Southwest Lentils and Rice Bowl has become one of my favorites! It comes together quickly and is an easy and healthy meal to add to your weekly rotation. The best part is you can make it in your Instant Pot! So completely hands off, other than a little chopping, you don’t have to heat up your stove! It also makes a lot so it's perfect for weekly meal prep! A win-win!
The lentils and rice is the star of the show, but the veggies and spices is what really makes this recipe come to life!
Green lentils & Brown rice: Be sure to rinse both your lentils and rice before adding to your Instant Pot.
Black Beans: I try to go for the low-sodium canned black beans. Always make sure to drain and rinse your beans.
Red bell pepper: Red bell pepper gives it a lot of flavor and color, but a green bell pepper would work too!
Onion & Garlic: I prefer using a red onion for this dish but a yellow onion would work just fine.
Canned tomatoes: I like using the small “petite” tomatoes for this recipe, but fire-roasted tomatoes would also be really good!
Frozen corn: Frozen sweet corn works best. You can just dump it in! No draining or rinsing and its fresher.
Chicken or Vegetable broth: I like using chicken broth for the extra flavor, but feel free to use vegetable broth if you want to make this vegetarian.
Lots of yummy spices: Lots of spices to really bring this recipe to life!
Full instructions are included in the recipe below, but here’s a quick overview:
Step One: Finely chop your red onion, bell pepper and garlic cloves. Saute all 3 in the instant pot on the saute setting with a little oil for 2-3 minutes.
Step Two: Once vegetables are fragrant, turn the saute setting off. Add the rest of your ingredients including lentils, rice, drained beans, frozen corn, tomatoes, spices and broth.
Step Three: Give everything a big stir. Close the instant pot lid, turn the release valve to sealing and pressure cook for 18 minutes. If you have a newer Instant Pot like this one, then it may come with an automatic sealing valve.
Step Four: Allow instant pot to natural release for 15 minutes. Then enjoy with your favorite toppings!
My Instant Pot
I have the Instant Pot Duo Nova. I've had it for over 2 years and I love it! It is a 7-in-1 appliance and I use the pressure cooker, saute function and rice cooker the most. It also has the Smart lid which is Instant Pot's newer easy to use seal lid that automatically seals your instant pot when you close the lid. My favorite things to cook in it besides this dish are Vegetable Beef Soup, White Chicken Chili and Jasmine White Rice. It really is a game change for me!
This dish tastes great with several different toppings. Below are a few great additions!
- Sour Cream
- Chopped Cilantro
- Lime wedges
- Fresh chopped tomatoes
- Fresh Tortilla chips
- Shredded cheese
More Instant Pot Recipes
- Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
- Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Instant Pot Turkey Chili