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Arroz Con Gandules

Instant Pot Arroz con Gandules are a quick and complete weeknight meal!  Using pantry staples, you'll have this dinner on the table in just a half hour!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Latin
Keyword: Instant Pot, pantry meal
Servings: 6 people
Author: Sarah


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 ounces) gandules (see notes)
  • 1 cup sliced green olives with pimentos (I use a 5 ounce jar)
  • 2 cloves garlic (sliced in half)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, rough chopped (1 large handful)


  • Place the oil into the liner pan of the Instant Pot.
  • Add the rice, paprika, cumin, and salt, and stir well.
  • Set the Instant Pot to saute.
  • Saute until fragrant, a few minutes, while stirring.
  • Turn the saute feature off.
  • Add the gandules, olives, garlic, and water.
  • Give a good stir to incorporate. Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Set the valve to sealing.
  • Allow to natural release for 10 minutes, and then release the remaining pressure carefully.
  • Carefully remove the lid. Find the pieces of garlic and smoosh them with a fork and stir into the rice.
  • Add the cilantro and stir well.
  • Serve!


The Instant Pot cook time is 10 minutes, but with the time it takes to come to pressure and release, the overall time with be about 30 minutes.
Gandules can be found in the Latin aisle of large grocery stores, or in Latin markets.  If you can't find gandules you can substitute black beans or kidney beans.