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Gluten-free Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs are tasty, filling meatballs with a thick and chunky consistency, making them great for chilly fall nights.

Gluten-free Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Many times when we have meatballs it’s with one pasta or another, or by themselves for sandwiches. Sometimes I like to make the meatballs with rice, which are often called porcupine meatballs. When I do this, I like it best when they’re in a red sauce. I love rice, and when the rice cooks in the meatballs it takes on the flavor of the meat and sauce while remaining very tender inside the meatballs. I have made these in the oven and had the rice actually poke out like a porcupine. When I make them in the Instant Pot the rice doesn’t poke out in that same way, but the flavor is still great. These Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs can take on an almost stew like thick and chunky consistency, if the meatballs break apart a little. Don’t panic if this happens because the flavor is even better. Here’s how I make Gluten-free Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs.

Gluten-free Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs

Equipment Needed

Gluten-free Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup dried chopped onion
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 28 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water

Gluten-free Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Spray the Instant Pot with nonstick cooking spray.

Place all of the ingredients except the tomato sauce and water into a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly.

Form meatballs.

Pour the tomato sauce and water over the meatballs.

Set the Instant Pot to cook on manual high pressure for 15 minutes.

Allow pressure to release naturally.

Serve and enjoy!

If you’re looking for other Instant Pot rice recipes, be sure to check out my recipes for Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Rice, Instant Pot Ham And Pineapple Rice, Gluten-free Instant Pot Cheesy Rice, Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice, Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Rice, and Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice.

Gluten-free Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Gluten-free Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs

Instant Pot Gluten-free Porcupine Meatballs Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup dried chopped onion
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 28 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

Spray the Instant Pot with nonstick cooking spray. Place all of the ingredients except the tomato sauce and water into a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. Form meatballs. Pour the tomato sauce and water over the meatballs. Set the Instant Pot to cook on manual high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally. Serve and enjoy!

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    21 comments

    Robin Rue May 9, 2017 - 6:40 am

    Meatballs for the win! My boys could live on meatballs, so I will definitely be trying this awesome Instant Pot recipe soon!

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    candy May 9, 2017 - 8:30 am

    I don’t own a instant pot but I do have a crockpot and of course oven which we use all the time for our different meatballs. Will have to give your recipe a try.

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    Alli Smith May 9, 2017 - 9:37 am

    These would be perfect for dinner tonight! I love how easy these are to make and they look delicious.

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    Jeanette May 9, 2017 - 9:39 am

    This is perfect! I love my Insta pot in the more recipes I can doing it the happier I am. This one looks divine and I cannot wait to try it.

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    Anosa May 9, 2017 - 11:27 am

    Wow, another recipe for me to try on. Looks delicious and good things its gluten-free. Will definitely try this over the weekends.

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    Sarah Bailey May 9, 2017 - 1:39 pm

    Now this sounds like a simple and easy delicious dish to make, I might have to add it to the meal plan for next week thank you.

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    Jaime Nicole May 9, 2017 - 2:12 pm

    Wow, these look really tasty! I love my insta pot and my girls love meatballs, so this is a win-win recipe for us!

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    lisa May 9, 2017 - 4:45 pm

    My mom used to make porcupine balls when we were little. I haven’t had them in years. This sounds like an awesome recipe.

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    Anita Anderson May 9, 2017 - 5:50 pm

    These meatballs are big, wow. I have never had them before. This recipe looks very juicy and tasty.

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    Pam May 9, 2017 - 6:05 pm

    I really like porcupine meatballs but I haven’t made them in ages. I didn’t know that you could make them in the instant pot.

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    Betty May 9, 2017 - 7:25 pm

    What never heard of combining rice and meat to make meatballs! I am always looking for a good Instant Pot recipe. Will need to try this one!

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    Maurene Cab May 9, 2017 - 11:34 pm

    I wonder why it is called porcupine. But still your recipe is something I should try.

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    Sandy N Vyjay May 10, 2017 - 9:28 am

    Since we are vegetarians, I will pass on this recipe to one of my friends who would love this. Since it is gluten free, I am sure she will love to try this out.

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    Jenny May 10, 2017 - 11:16 am

    These look delicious. I love meatballs but have never made them from scratch. I think I might try it this weekend.

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    Kiwi May 10, 2017 - 4:42 pm

    I love meatballs. I didnt you could make gluten free ones awesome!

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    My Teen Guide May 10, 2017 - 4:54 pm

    Yay for meatballs! One of our family favorites is a huge pot of meatballs which we can make into many different things. Your meatball recipe is similar to mine, but I will try making yours! Can’t wait to get this started.

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    Amanda Dorich May 10, 2017 - 8:32 pm

    Porcupine meatballs are one of our favorite dishes here! Even better in the Instant Pot!

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    pat. May 11, 2017 - 8:34 am

    Never heard the term before. Live and learn.

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    Annemarie LeBlanc May 11, 2017 - 9:11 am

    Looks like this will be a much loved dish in my house. My boys are all about meatballs and they will devour this dish in minutes. I would be lucky if they leave some for me.

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    Emily May 11, 2017 - 10:42 am

    My family loves porcupine meatballs! Knowing there is a gluten free option is great as we have a few friends that are gluten free. This gives me another option for them.

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    ChickenSupergirl June 4, 2017 - 4:17 pm

    Thanks for the recipe!

    And I agree about the use of the term “retarded” – people, just don’t use the R-word, it makes you look ugly to the people around you.

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