Pork Loin Chops with Spanish Rice in the Instant Pot

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I taught an Instant Pot Class the other day and we made these instant pot pork chops. And as we stood there cooking and chatting I realized I’d never shared this recipe for Pork Loin Chops with Spanish Rice in the Instant Pot.

Oops, I guess I thought it wasn’t share-worthy? I don’t even know. But it’s definitely quick and easy and OH SO TASTY! Remember it when you’re looking for a dinner to make in no time flat.

Pork Loin Chops with Spanish Rice in the Instant Pot

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One-Pot Instant Pot Meal

With this recipe, you get a true “One Pot Meal” right in your Instant Pot. You’ve got your pork chops, browned and perfect.

A can of chopped tomatoes mixed with white rice. And all the perfect seasonings to bring it together.

This is my kind of meal too because school nights are always busy with scouts, orchestra, welding lessons, and so on. With this recipe, you can put dinner on, organize everything else, feed kids and get out the door fast.

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Make it your own

This is one of those recipes you can make your own. I am telling you now that you can absolutely switch up the tomatoes by using fire-roasted or stewed tomatoes. Or double the pork chops or the rice if you have teens.

You can even double the whole thing if you need to. Make it spicy or leave out some of the spice.

You could probably add salsa instead of the tomatoes if you wanted too. Endless modifications to this recipe!

Doubling the Recipe

If you DO decide to double the pork chops in this recipe OR double the whole thing remember in the Instant Pot you don’t need additional cooking time. Because it’s heating the whole pot whether it’s one chop or 10, so the time is the same.

At the same time do NOT shove more in your pot that it can hold that will make a HUGE mess, don’t even ask me how I know.

I created this recipe using an Instant Pot just like the one below. [That is an affiliate link, if you purchase through the link I will make a small commission]

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About your Pork Loin Chops with Spanish Rice in the Instant Pot

  • boneless chops work best in this recipe because they cook up nice and quick, you could use bone-in chops but make sure they’re thin cut
  • this recipe calls for either White Long Grain Basmati OR Jasmine Rice, if you want to use another rice please look up instant pot cook times for that rice, brown rice takes about 12-18 minutes depending on what kind you cook, the sticky short grain is probably not the best for this recipe.
  • The rice and the chops really do need that time during natural release to finish cooking and absorb the flavors, you can open the pot right away but the meat won’t be as tender and the whole dish will not be as flavorful

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FAQs About Pork Chops with Spanish Rice

  • Do you cook the rice first? No, it goes in raw and cooks in 4 minutes, that’s how long basmati takes in the IP. I know it’s quick!
  • Why is my rice sticking? The number one reason the rice sticks in this recipe is that it wasn’t completely rinsed. Put it in a colander and rinse under cool water until the water runs clear. Washing off the rice keeps it from getting sticky.
  • Why is this sticking and burning? A couple of things could be going on here:
    First, it’s really important that you rinse the rice as described above. Second, it’s very important that when you add the water you take the time to scrape the bottom of the pot to get all browned bits up.
    Third, put the chops on the bottom, add all the other ingredients, then add the rice
    Fourth, do not stir the rice in, just pour it in and seal the pot!
    And finally, you could also be using a different pot than the Instant Pot DUO60 7/1 which is the pot I used to make this recipe.
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Yield: 4 servings

Pork Chops with Spanish Rice

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A true one-pot meal with loin chops and rice seasoned perfectly and cooked quickly in the Instant Pot!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 TBPS oil
  • 4 loin pork chops, boneless
  • 1-2 teaspoon cumin, use the lesser amount if you don't care for cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 16 ounce can of tomatoes, use stewed, chopped, or fire roasted
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup rinsed white rice
  • 2 Tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. turn on the Instant Pot to saute and add the oil to the cooking pan
  2. let it heat while you prep the chops
  3. mix the seasonings from cumin through the paprika together
  4. sprinkle the chops with seasonings
  5. when the oil is hot, shake off the excess seasoning from the chops, brown the chops in the Instant Pot
  6. while the chops are browning take the time to make sure you've rinsed the rice so the water runs clear, put it in a sieve and rinse until the water is clear. This step is so important to keep the rice from sticking.
  7. when they're browned remove to a plate
  8. add the water to the Instant Pot and scrape up the browned bits, really work on this step to keep the rice from sticking and burning
  9. add any leftover seasonings, tomatoes, cilantro, and butter, to the pot, stir to combine and let it come to a boil
  10. add the chops
  11. then pour in the rice on top of the chops, do not stir it
  12. put the lid on the Instant Pot, set the knob to seal, press cancel, then set it for manual for 4 minutes
  13. once the pot signals that it's done let it natural release for 10 minutes

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 489Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 147mgSodium 797mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 43g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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20 thoughts on “Pork Loin Chops with Spanish Rice in the Instant Pot”

  1. Sounds delicious. Making tonight. But I have teenagers. So if I double the recipe (chops & rice), would cooking time remain the same???
    Thanks!

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    • Nope! No need to double the cooking time. I might add 1-2 minutes but even cooking for the time called for should be fine.

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      • Thank you so much! Turns out I only doubled the pork as 2 cups of cooked rice was enough. IT WAS DELICIOUS! My husband and my kids authorized this to be a staple in the meal planning. Thanks so much for bringing us this recipe!

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  2. I’m new to IP & only have a 3-4 meals under my belt. I tried this tonight, I got burn notice, took it all out scrubbed my pot & put another 2 cups of water in it then rice & chops on top. A few minutes later got burn notice again & within those few minutes the rice had soaked up all the water. I gave up (been working on this dish for 2 hours & everyone was hungry – we usually eat at 6 & it was 7 & still no dinner on the table). Loved the flavor but rice was soggy & chops weren’t very tender. I made sure I scrapped the bottom well & still got the burn notice. Seems to happen every time I’ve used my pot to sauté in, any tips? Besides not sauté in it lol.

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    • WOW! I’ve never even seen burn notice on my IP?? I wonder if it’s older than yours? I’ve had a few things stick but not this dish. I am so so sorry that happened.
      I make quite a few dishes with rice added and haven’t even had it scorch. Well except last night where the pot didn’t seal and it caused all sorts of issues, stuck rice, and raw pork chops being just a few of the problems.
      I wonder if the new pots cook hotter than old pots? I will ask around! And I will go back and follow this recipe start to finish the way it’s written and see if I get any sticking.

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  3. Recipe looks great! If I added some veggies, would you put them on top of the rice and below the pork chops or on top of everything? Thanks!

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    • I would say anywhere is fine if you’re planning to mix them in. If you’re thinking of keeping them separate then on top is better? I’m pretty sure you mean mixing them in though.

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    • OMGOSH thanks for pointing this out it looks like when I did the recipe conversion from one program to another it swapped the recipe card. UGH! My fault, figuring it out now. :/

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  4. In the spirit of being 100% transparent, I’ll say I was skeptical of putting the rice on top of the chops. How would they cook I asked myself, if they’re not IN the liquid.

    However, I always follow a recipe to the T when making for the first time. The food came out DELICIOUS! I was pleasantly surprised and the house critics loved it as well. Will definitely be making this again,

    *Only thing I would add to the recipe is how long to brown/sear the chops*

    P.S. Not sure why people always get the burn notice, I’ve cooked so many times in my IP and never get that.

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  5. I followed your recipe but added to it and it was really really good! I minced up 2 big oil-packed sundried tomatoes, chopped 3 green onions and added 1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes. I broke some spaghetti (like a half inch bundle) into little pieces and put all of this on top of the chops with the rice. I also used chicken stock instead of water. Wow! This one’s a keeper

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  6. Nice amount of rice. I added onion and some chopped peppers, also a bay leaf. My pork chops were thin, so next time, do I shorten the cooking time it the natural release time?

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      • Have never used an instant pot and just got one I really want to try this recipe I don’t have the regular rice but I do have packaged Spanish rice would that work?

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        • I think you could? Try it! If it were me I’d lightly season the chops and sear them, then add the water, deglaze, add the rice mix and put the chops on top.

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