So maybe this is just the week for Mexican basics done in the Instant Pot. The other day it was my Instant Pot Refried Beans, and today it’s Instant Pot Mexican Rice. Which makes me wonder, do Mexicans call their Mexican Rice “Mexican Rice?” I’m from Iowa and I call my Ham Balls “Iowa Ham Balls” on my site (because that recipe really IS made a lot in Iowa, probably a nod to the German settlers and it has that hallmark Sweet n’ Sour flavor) but if I’m just talking to someone, I just say Ham Balls. Just saying it makes me want to snicker, btw. Here’s the recipe for Iowa Ham Balls with Sweet Sour Glaze, now that I mentioned them.
One of my favorite things to make in my Instant Pot has to be beans and bean-based dishes, and Instant Pot Refried Beans are absolutely no exception. They turn out beautifully and they’re drop-dead simple. Toss your beans in the pot with an onion, an herb or two, a little spice if you like, and go & do whatever it is you’re doing. There’s no babysitting and there are no worries about precise timing or being johnny on the spot at the end of the cooking period.
Bean burritos once saved my life. Seriously. When I broke my foot, the docs sent me home thinking it was a sprain. What a mess that was – my back went out from using the crutches. I couldn’t stand up, each movement was agony and I spent several days crawling around the house. I happened to have a few groceries I hadn’t put away on the table and I was able to cobble together some bean burritos. They weren’t as well put together as these Freezer Friendly Burritos, heck, I couldn’t even warm them up, but as they say, “Hunger is the best sauce!”
The Fourth July will be here in no time at all! I know because the neighborhood has been crazy with fireworks. When it hasn’t been raining anyway! It’s been like should someone be building an ark? At least I’ve had a reprieve from yard work. I’m doing little things here and there, like deadheading flowers, pulling a few weeds but am waiting on some help with some more major projects. I do know that I want to make this Watermelon Aguas Fresca for the Fourth.
I’ve been on a mission to post out some no effort Instant Pot recipes that I think my daughter and her fam will love, and I hope you might, too. See, my daughter was married recently, and her blended family consists of seven children ranging from toddler to teenager! I’m still a bit boggled by it all, but Southwestern Chicken Instant Pot Bowls are the kind of recipe I think almost anyone will love. The prep is nominal, the cook time short, clean up is a breeze and the results? Delish. These bowls are perfect for summer – or anytime.