Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Yellow rice mixed with ground beef, onion and peas with melted cheese on top

This Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice takes only 20 minutes from start to finish!

Delicious one-pot meal which is perfect for busy weeknight dinners! Huge meal for the whole family.

Yellow rice mixed with ground beef, onion and peas with melted cheese on top

So cheesy, creamy, and savory – and so good.

What else can I add to my recipe?

Throw in some more frozen mixed veggies or corn instead of the green peas.

Or you could add bell peppers or even chili peppers to make it as spicy as you’d like.

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Can I use turkey or chicken instead of beef?

Yes you can! You can also use ground pork, ground bison, ground elk or anything you like.

Can I cut the recipe in half?

Yes you can. Make 1 cup of rice and 1 lb of beef. Same cooking time.

Which rice should I use?

This Instant Pot ground beef and rice recipe works with jasmine rice or basmati rice.

How long should I cook the beef?

It's better to cook the ground beef until almost no pink color remains and the beef becomes completely brownish.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

What to serve it with?

It's great as a one-pot meal.

If you wanna add something, serve it with a fresh Salad and Cornbread.

Can I store the leftovers?

You can surely freeze this dish but I would recommend freezing it without the sour cream and cheese.

How to reheat Ground Beef and Rice?

Add sour cream when you reheat.

I would also recommend adding a bit more liquid or sauce in order to rehydrate the rice as they become dry.

How to make Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Gather the ingredients.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Pour some oil in the pot and add ground beef while the Instant Pot is set to Saute for 5 minutes.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Stir the beef until it becomes brownish then add previously chopped onions.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Add the required spices.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Now add a can of tomato sauce and some rice.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

There goes in some water as well.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Some chicken broth to add up the taste.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Mix it well and set the Pot to High Pressure for 4 minutes.

Do a Quick Release afterward.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Now add some frozen green peas & sour cream. Stir for 1-2 minutes.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Now we'll add a little bit of previously grated cheddar cheese.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Ricevv

Mix and let it warm for a minute or two.

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

Dish out & enjoy 🙂

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Yellow rice mixed with ground beef, onion and peas with melted cheese on top

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

A simple and delicious rice dish loaded with perfectly seasoned ground beef, sour cream and cheese…
4.67 from 15 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course, party, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, ground beef, instant pot, Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice, rice
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 lb grounded beef
  • ½ onion chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 cup rice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup green peas fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated


  • Press saute and add olive oil.
  • Add ground beef and saute for 5 minutes or until brown.
  • Add onion, garlic powder, black pepper and salt.
  • Add tomato sauce, rice, chicken broth and water and stir well.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
  • Add sour cream and peas and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add cheddar cheese and stir for 1 minute.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 1253kcal Carbohydrates: 93g Protein: 59g Fat: 71g Saturated Fat: 31g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 28g Trans Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 221mg Sodium: 2070mg Potassium: 1565mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 12g Vitamin A: 1657IU Vitamin C: 32mg Calcium: 375mg Iron: 8mg


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11 thoughts on “Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice

  1. 4 stars
    Burnt b4 getting up to pressure, I cleaned it out, scraped the bottom and tried again, adding 2 cups additional liquid, burnt again. Salvaged what I could. Hubby ate it, but I couldn't eat more than a taste or two. Also, amounts called for seem to be way too much for the number of servings, ie 2 cups of rice and 2 lbs of hamburger for just 4 servings, it made a ton.

  2. I would like to see the cooking directions for non-instant pot, as I do not own one and can't afford one.

  3. 4 stars
    I made this last night and got a burn message as the instant pot never rose to proper pressure. I used a mid sized can of tomato sauce as the recipe did not indicate the size recommended. Was the can of tomato sauce supposed to be a large can? We did eat the dish but was careful to not scrape the bottom of the pot, it was still a good meal.

    1. I'm not the author of the recipe, but just looking at the rice-to-liquid ratio, I would think a 15-ounce can would be sufficient. He did not include enough liquid for the amount of rice, though, so I'm going to fill the empty larger tomato sauce can with water and pour that in just to make sure the rice has sufficient water to cook it properly.

  4. I'm not sure if I did something wrong, but the recipe says "two cup rice" in addition to the liquid and tomato sauce, etc. My instant pot started burning it because there wasn't enough liquid in there, is it possible that 2 cups of rice is a typo or something?

    1. Sorry about that! Since different types of rice require different amounts of liquid, make sure there's enough liquid for the rice. This recipe should work with a 1:1 ratio, but next time try to double the amount of broth or add more water and it should work for you.

  5. I made this last night. I only had 1 pound of hamburger meat, but it was still plenty of beef. My elderly mother does not like peas, so I cooked the separately and allowed everyone to add their own. It was so easy to make and used ingredients I always have on hand. My family really enjoyed it and I’ll definitely make it again. 5 stars from us!

    1. Thanks for the stellar review, I'm so glad everyone enjoyed it! And great thinking on your part to cook the peas separately.

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