Smoky Instant Pot Lentils with Brown Rice are rich in flavor, easy to throw together and perfect as a meatless alternative in tacos and salad!
Lentils are one of our favorite items to make in the Instant Pot. Not only do they cook up relatively quickly, they do so with so much ease.
This recipe for Smoky Instant Pot Lentils and Rice was purely unintentional. When one family member wants brown rice for dinner, and another wants lentils, there’s not much one can do except wonder if they can be cooked together.
Both. At the same time. Ever had that happen? It’s agonizing, having just one Instant Pot, but I’m here to tell you that you can indeed cook brown rice and lentils together at the same time & be successful.
I’m giving you hope, y’all.
Smoky Instant Pot Lentils and Rice
This recipe came together quickly and easily – tossed in the pot, added some spices and pushed a button. It really is delicious, smoky and perfect to use as an alternative to ground beef.
You can enjoy this Smoky Instant Pot Lentils and Rice recipe on a taco salad, or as a taco filling. Perhaps even as a sloppy joe alternative (obviously without the ground beef). It’s filling, flavorful and simple. Did I say easy? I just want to make sure you have that down.
Combine all of the ingredients in your Instant Pot and cook for 27 minutes. We used green lentils, but this recipe would be great with brown lentils as well (which actually cook a wee bit faster!) We haven’t tried this recipe with long grain brown rice – just short grain, Lundberg organic brown rice.
Don’t skip the liquid smoke or paprika. It gives it that smoky, meaty flavor.
- 2 C. short grain, organic brown rice
- 1 C. green lentils (or, brown lentils would work well too)
- 5 C. vegetable broth
- 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1-2 tsp salt, or to taste
- Combine all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot, with the exception of the salt.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot, close the valve.
- Cook the lentil and rice mixture for 27 minutes at high pressure.. It will take 10 minutes to come to pressure, 27 to cook. Once done, allow 10 minutes for the IP to naturally release.
- Release any remaining pressure.
- Carefully open the lid and addd your salt, more or less to taste.
- Serve as is, or on your taco salad (in lieu of meat), in sloppy joes, or even as a taco filling.
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