This delicious instant pot cilantro lime rice recipe is made with black beans to make a complete protein meal. With a low calorie count and high fiber content it makes a great meal for weight loss and maintenance. It’s simple to make and tasty to eat!

bowl of Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans

Why Use The Instant Pot?

I first discovered the Instant Pot years ago when I was on the search for a new rice cooker. I’ve always been suspicious of teflon and coated surfaces for cooking so when I discovered that the Instant Pot has a stainless steel inner pot I was definitely excited!

I quickly learned it could do more than just cook rice I was sold! I purchased it and am so happy I did! I use it almost on a daily basis to cook up anything and everything. My husband and I gave one to his mother for Christmas and she loves it so much she bought more. I think she has 3 or 4 now!

Rice is something I almost ALWAYS make in my Instant Pot because I can just set it and forget it. I’m a multitasker, even while I cook (I always clean as I go) and using the stove to cook rice in a pot sometimes resulted in disaster!

Gone are those days of burnt rice!

Black Beans & Rice Make A Compete Protein

We eat a lot of beans in our household, especially black beans because they’re nutritious, delicious, and easy to use in recipes.

They’re great sources of protein, fiber, and folate. While high in carbohydrates, they are slow-digesting carbs which can help you feel full for longer periods of time to help you stay trim and allows you to better absorb nutrients.

Black beans are also antioxidant rich and reduces your risk of health issues such as cancer and heart disease.

I’m sure you’ve heard at some point that a vegetarian diet doesn’t provide enough protein but that’s necessarily true if you know how to pair the right things together, and this vegetarian recipe is a good example.

A complete protein consists of 9 amino acids that our bodies are unable to make on their own so we need to get them from food . They are important building blocks that help us form tissues, organs, muscle, skin, and cartilage.

When you don’t get all of the amino acids you find in a complete protein your body can’t properly build and heal your body and this can mean muscle loss, aging skin, aching joints, and brittle hair and nails.

Half a cup of black beans offers 8 grams of protein but it’s not a complete protein on its own. With 8 of 9 amino acids needed to make up a complete protein, it’s pretty close. It just needs methionine which is found in rice.

Rice also contains 8 of 9 amino acids but it’s missing lysine which you find in black beans so these two complete each other!

Pairing black beans with rice make up a complete plant based protein with the same amino acids you would find in animal protein.

It’s a match made in heaven and is all the more reasons to love this cilantro lime rice with black beans!

This rice dish is all vegetarian but if you don’t mind bacon then give my Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Fried Rice a try. Leave out the bacon and use olive oil instead if you’re vegan or vegetarian!

How to Make Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans

Cilantro lime rice can be made without black beans, but now that you know that the combination of black beans with rice makes a complete protein (plus black beans are just delicious!) you’ll want to pair the two anytime you can.

Of course, you can always pair cilantro lime rice with a side of grilled chicken to get your complete protein too. I like to mix it up a bit and sometimes I eat this rice recipe just as it is, and other times I add a side of chicken, avocados, and tortillas!

I’m kind of addicted to green chili and I often plop several big spoonfuls on top my cilantro lime rice! Seriously, I can plop green chili on just about anything!

Okay, to make this cilantro lime rice recipe get your Instant Pot ready! This is really quite simple…

  • Add all of the ingredients into the Instant Pot except for cilantro and black beans.
  • Drain the black bean and add it to the pot and mix everything together so spices are evenly distributed.
  • Then set the lid on and make sure the vent is closed and hit “Rice”.
  • When the beeper goes off, leave it for about 5 minutes before venting. This lets the rice ‘rest’ and absorb a bit more moisture, and when you’re ready to vent it won’t be as aggressive.
  • Remove the lid, fluff the rice, then add your cilantro and mix it in.
  • Do a taste test and add more salt if needed.
  • Serve with a slice of lime and other sides and toppings if you’d like.
  • The flavor of this cilantro lime rice with black beans is simple, allowing you to taste all of the main ingredients which is refreshing and it makes it easy to pair with other ingredients.
Blue bowl with a fork in cilantro lime rice with black beans with 2 slices of lime.

If you like a bit more ‘punch’ then dissolve 2 cubes of chicken bullion in your water and reduce your salt content to at least 1/2 teaspoon.

Enjoy your cilantro lime rice with black beans and keep this Instant Pot recipe in your rotation!

Try making my simple oven roasted Brussels sprouts recipe if you’re in need for another vegetarian recipe!

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans

A tasty vegetarian recipe you can make quickly when you’re short on time! Delicious on its own or as a side.

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 12 min Rest Time 27 min Total Time 44 mins Servings: 4 Calories: 199.21



  1. Add rice to the Instant Pot with water or chicken broth.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except black beans and cilantro and mix well.

  3. Drain black beans and stir into Instant Pot.

  4. Place the cover on, close the vent, and select the 'Rice' setting.

  5. Wait 5 minutes after the Instant Pot beeps, then open vent, remove cover, and fluff the rice.

  6. Do a taste test and add extra salt if needed. 

  7. Mix in cilantro and serve with slices of lime. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4 bowls

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 199.21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10.66g17%
Saturated Fat 1.51g8%
Sodium 617.96mg26%
Total Carbohydrate 20.56g7%
Dietary Fiber 8.55g35%
Sugars 0.77g
Protein 6.97g14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Nutrition information is an estimate. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • 2 cubes of chicken bullion can be used instead of chicken broth.
  • Add a little fun and throw in some corn!
  • Basmati long grain white rice has beautiful aroma and flavor and is what I recommend.
  • Eat on its own or add it to a tortilla with cheese and sour cream to make a simple burrito.
  • To freeze, add rice to a freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible and close it up. Best if eaten within 3 months.
Keywords: instant pot recipe, plant based, vegetarian

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