Easy mushroom risotto made in your pressure cooker. Made with Chimayo Chile Powder and Shiitake Mushrooms makes this a very special blend of Southwestern flavors. Shiitake mushrooms and chile powder are a match made in heaven, and a beautiful compliment the nutty flavor of the Arborio Rice. Making Risotto in an Instant Pot is a breeze. The texture and creaminess not at all sacrificed with the quick cook. As a matter of fact, the Instant Pot actually enhances the creamy texture of our favorite rice dish. Learn why.
We’ve just returned from a trip to New Mexico and Arizona. A road trip to be exact.
I couldn’t tell you how many thousands of acres of Cholla Cactus we passed, how many Ravens we saw sitting on fence posts and soaring the sky, or how many F-150 pickups roared past us on the Interstates.
But I can tell you exactly how many packets of New Mexico Chile Powder I purchased. And how many fabulous Southwestern specialty meals we enjoyed on the trip. What a foodie paradise.
Obsessed? A tad. If you’re looking where to purchase New Mexico Chile Powder when you visit, here’s my packets and the locations where I found them.
Starting from far top left with the packet labeled mild:
- Hatch Chile Powder, purchased in Hatch, New Mexico
- 3 packets of Heirloom Chimayo Chile Powder, purchased from Galeria Ortega, Chimayo
- With the purple label at the top, Hatch Chile Powder purchased at The Shed Restaurant, Santa Fe
- Bottom row, lower right, Heirloom Chimayo Chile Powder purchased from El Potrero Trading Post, Chimayo
- To it’s left, Chipotle Chile Powder purchased from El Potrero Trading Post, Chimayo
- And bottom left, smoked New Mexico Chile Powder, purchased from Medina’s, Chimayo
More about the trip below, but for now, let’s talk about this recipe.
Cooking Risotto In An Instant Pot:
Pressure Cooker Risotto is so easy it’s hard to believe that risotto’s reputable creamy luxurious texture isn’t compromised by a six minute pressure cook.
Not to mention the absence of the custom of standing over the pot and stirring…and stirring. I’m hooked and look forward to more risotto creations from my pot.
Scientifically there’s something about a pressure cooker and its results on rice that seems to make it softer, stickier and the flavor seems better. The Instant Pot website says that “cooking under pressure or at higher temperature starch in rice gelatinizes to the maximum degree. This is why pressure cooked rice has a softer and stickier grain texture in comparison to boiled and steamed rice at normal pressure”.
I also noticed a more desirable texture when I cooked pasta in the Instant Pot. My Chicken Chipotle Mac and Cheese seemed to simply melt in my mouth, in a very favorable and flavor-able way.
The Inspiration for Easy Mushroom Risotto :
This recipe is obviously inspired by my recent trip and my obsession with New Mexico chile powder.
A treasure to have in your pantry, you can sprinkle it on about anything. Potatoes, omelets and of course in soups.
When I first started using this beautiful rust colored powder, it was mainly saved for my Hatch Green Chile, Colorado Style. But if you think outside the box, the uses for New Mexico chile powder are endless. Point in case with this recipe, where a traditionally Italian dish gets a dose of Southwestern love.
The Flavor Profile of This Recipe:
The woodsy flavor of shiitake mushrooms are a great partner for the earthy rich flavor of the chile powder.
And that creamy aborio rice brings the whole dish together for an exciting version of risotto. The Chimayo Chile Powder brings a beautiful tinge of heat. A single teaspoon worked perfect for our palate, add more or less depending on your tolerance for spice
Chimayo Chile Powder can be hard to come by, so if you don ‘t have any, use a pure chile powder substitute a New Mexico powder or Ancho for this recipe. I hope you give this Instant Pot Risotto a try and let me know what you think.
You Will Need:
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I purchased and love the ease of use of the 6-quart Instant Pot DUO.
And a good quality arborio rice, a high starch, short grain rice. I always grab a bag of Lundbergs which is readily available at most markets.
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Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto With Chimayo Chile Powder
How fun to have an easy weeknight risotto recipe, and especially one that’s spiked with Southwestern heat. This is also a gluten free recipe. If you like this recipe, please give it a 5-star rating.
And if you have a favorite Instant Pot mushroom risotto recipe, please let me know, I’d love to try it.
More Instant Pot Recipes
- Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Soup
- Mexican Chorizo Instant Pot Pinto Beans
- Instant Pot Chipotle Mac and Cheese
- Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes with Green Chile
And if you’re feeling nostalgic, you won’t want to miss this old fashioned Broccoli Cheez Whiz Rice Casserole. So old-fashioned that there’s no Instant Pot required. The reason I’m mentioning it, is because it’s the most popular rice dish on my site.
And if you love Mexican Southwestern food as much as we do, why not browse my Mexican Southwest Recipes category. You’ll find a ton of spicy love. Including the most popular recipe on my site, Hatch Green Chili, Colorado Style.
Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto
- 1 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 small shallots minced
- 4-6 large Shiitake Mushrooms cleaned and sliced
- 3/4 cup arborio rice
- 1 teaspoon pure chile powder such as Chimayó or ancho
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock placed in a Pyrex measuring cup and heated in microwave
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Freshly ground pepper
- Set the Instant Pot to Sautee. When hot, add oil and butter. Add mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes, add the shallots and cook, stirring constantly for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the rice, chile powder and bay leaf and stir until rice is nicely coated., stirring for 1 minute. Add the warmed chicken stock.
- Press the cancel button. Close the lid to the Instant Pot. Put the lid on, lock, and set the pressure release valve to ‘sealed’. Press ‘pressure cook on high, and set the timer for 6 minutes.When the timer beeps, release the pressure and open the pot.
- Stir in the cheese, cream, and a little more butter if you’d like. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
A couple of shots from our Arizona, New Mexico trip. We stayed with friends in Marana, just outside Tucson at their Winter home. Thank you very much Tom and Kathy. What wonderful hosts you were to our family.
A visit to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum just outside Tucson is always high on our list. A capsule tour of Regional flora and fauna, it’s an educational and sensory experience. The 98 acres is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium.
After the museum, we paid a visit to a taqueria in North Tucson. Aqui Con El Nene is a taco truck that has turned into a permanent location. And a must visit if you’re looking for a street taco experience.
And a Western essential experience, a Sonoran Hot Dog. A hot dog with bacon, pinto beans, grilled onions, and a fireworks-burst of condiments: chopped fresh onions, chopped fresh tomatoes, jalapeño sauce, mayonnaise and mustard. Add a grilled jalapeno on the side, absolutely wonderful! And don’t forget to grab a bottle of Fanta or a Mexican Cola from the ice chests. The food was exactly what we were looking for.
Heading back to New Mexico, A stop in Hatch was a treat. I’m now the proud owner of a Hatch Chile Ristra, some beautiful red Hatch Chile powder and a big bag of pecans that are grown in the area.
And we’re never disappointed by the Blue Corn Cheese Enchiladas at The Shed in Santa Fe. A culinary destination, The Shed has been named the best New Mexico food stop in the state. Their red sauce is stunning and wraps around those cheese filled enchiladas like a beautiful Southwestern blanket.
If you’re so inclined, a stop at the The Georgia O’Keefe Museum is well worth the time. I took a photo of this painting in the museum, my favorite with it’s New Mexico color scheme.
We stayed two days in Chimayo, New Mexico. Stock up is all I can say about that area. Stock up on culture and on Chimayo Chile Powder. It’s simply a special powder and in my opinion superior in flavor. However, all New Mexico Chile powders are absolutely wonderful and when there on a visit, one should grab as many bags as one can. From all different vendors and areas. It’s a prize ingredient to have in your pantry.
And a visit to El Santuario de Chimayo is well worth the trip. El Santuario de Chimayó is a Roman Catholic church in Chimayo. This shrine, a National Historic Landmark, is famous for the story of its founding its healings and as a contemporary pilgrimage site.