A vegetarian and vegan version of Instant Pot Mexican rice, made with simple ingredients. Great as taco or burrito filling, with beans, or on its own as a side dish.
Rinse the starch off of the outside of the white rice. My preferred way to do this (see the photos above) is to put the rice in a bowl, submerge it in water, mix it around, pour off the excess water, and repeat until the water is relatively clear. This uses a little bit less water than simply rinsing it. Then, drain the rice.
Set your Instant Pot to "Saute" mode. Once it's warm, add the vegetable oil and the onion. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onion is fragrant.
Add the rice. Continue to cook, stirring almost constantly, until the rice is toasted and just starting to stick - about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, paprika, and tomato paste, and cook for just 30 seconds more. Immediately add the vegetable broth and stir everything together, scraping the bottom well.
Add the Instant Pot lid and flip the switch on the top to "Sealing". Using the "Manual" mode on "High" pressure, set the time to 4 minutes. After the pressure cooking is complete, allow the seal to naturally release (about 20 minutes). Season to taste with salt.
Serve the Instant Pot Mexican rice hot, fluffing gently before serving.