Are you ready for so much flavor! You might be. The secret to this recipe is the taco seasoning packet, so don’t skip that ingredient. The rest is give or take but that taco seasoning is the “secret ingredient”.

If you’re practicing a Keto Diet, this recipe works well for that, just leave out the tortilla, though if you can find OLE Mexican Foods Xtreme Wellness Wrap Spinach & Herbs 8″ Tortillas in your grocery store, they are an excellent option, and you can also cook this without the rice.

Quick and easy, take your thawed chicken thighs or breasts if you prefer white meat, and chop it into cubes. Set that aside. Hit the sauté button on your instant pot and throw 3 minced cloves of garlic into the instant pot with about a tablespoon of butter or oil. Once the garlic starts to look a little translucent or is just super fragrant add your cans of veggies, Add the chicken, and about 1/3 of your chicken broth, and your taco seasoning. Put in the 8 oz portion of the salsa. Stir it all together.

Burrito in a Bowl Ingredients
Burrito in a Bowl Ingredients

Now you can add your rice on top, and the rest of your broth. Do not stir it again until after it’s cooked. You want the rice to stay on top so that it cooks better.

Combine Ingredients
Combine Ingredients

Hit the High button and set the timer to 10 min. Let your instant pot do its thing. It will take about 10 min to build the pressure, then the timer will start to count down. Once it’s done, you hear the beeps, hit the pressure release. Carefully remove the lid after all the pressure is gone. Stir the rice into the mix. Grab a ladle and put about 2 cups into a bowl. Top with your grated cheese. Cilantro is also very tasty on top of a burrito bowl.

Add Rice and Remaining Broth
Add Rice and Remaining Broth
All Cooked
All Cooked
Weekday Burrito in a Bowl
Weekday Burrito in a Bowl

You can make your own guacamole in just 5 min! Check out This Recipe for a quick how-to. And why use just plain sour cream when you can impress with a cumin and lime cream sauce?! It’s just stirring together some flavors! Check that recipe out via this link.

Burrito in a Bowl with Guacamole and Cumin Lime Cream

Weekday Burrito in a Bowl

Quick and easy burrito in a bowl. Keto friendly if you leave out the rice and do not have a tortilla.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican, TexMex
Servings 8 Adult Portions


  • Instant Pot
  • Can Opener
  • Large Kitchen Knife


  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 14.5 Oz Chicken Broth
  • 10 Oz Diced Tomato Ro-tel, Drained
  • 8 Oz Salsa
  • 12 Oz Black Beans Drained
  • 12 Oz Whole Kernel Corn Drained
  • 1 Cup Long Grain Rice
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 pk Taco Seasoning Less sodium tastes better, in my opinion.
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Cheese Grated
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil


  • Sauté garlic cloves in oil for about 30 seconds.
  • Combine all canned ingredients, add the taco seasoning, add 8 oz of salsa, add only half the chicken broth, add cube cut chicken thighs, pepper to taste, and stir.
  • Pour 1 cup long grain rice on top, add remaining chicken broth. Do NOT stir.
  • Use the manual setting to set pressure to HIGH for 10 min. Secure the lid. Your pot should take about 10 min to build pressure, then the 10 min count down will begin. When time is complete, Quick release the pressure.
  • Gently stir again, divide portions into bowls, top with grated cheese and enjoy! If you have cilantro, it makes a great garnish and can add to the tasty flavors.

3 thoughts on “Weekday Burrito in a Bowl: Instant Pot

  1. Penny Brown says:

    This recipe looks interesting, but you didn’t state when to add the pepper and taco seasoning.

  2. Nicole says:

    Penny, thank you for noticing that those instructions were missing. I’ve added it to the recipe card in the second step. You want to add all your ingredients that need to be stirred before you add the rice. I hope you’ll try this recipe, it’s so easy and I make it all the time. 🙂

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