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Instant Pot (Forgot to defrost) Doritos Taco Salad

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  • Author: 365 Days of Slow Cooking
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This fun spin on taco salad is made quickly even with frozen meat straight from your freezer. Use your Instant Pot to cook the seasoned meat quickly. Layer everything on a sheet pan and dig in for a delicious, healthy, family-friendly dinner.  



For the meat:

  • 1/2 cup water or broth
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey (frozen)
  • 1 package taco seasoning OR the following spices
    • 2 tsp chili powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/2 tsp paprika
    • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chiles)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black, pinto or kidney beans, rinsed and drained

For the salad:

  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce, washed and dried and cut into small pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 (2.25 oz) can sliced olives
  • 1 or 2 large roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup grated medium cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup diced green onions
  • 6 Tbsp sour cream
  • 6 Tbsp salsa
  • 1 (10 oz bag) nacho cheese Doritos


  1. Add meat ingredients to the pot: Add broth to the Instant Pot. Toss in the frozen meat. Sprinkle the meat with the taco seasoning/seasonings. Dump the Rotel and beans on top of the meat.
  2. Cook the meat: Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to “sealing.” Set the manual/pressure cook button to 9 minutes on high pressure. While the meat is cooking, prepare your salad ingredients. When the 9 minutes is up and the timer beeps you can perform a quick release by moving the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  3. Brown up the meat: Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon. The middle of the meat will probably still be a little raw. Cook the meat for a few minutes until it is done all the way through. Let the liquid cook off of the meat.
  4. Make your salad: On a sheet pan layer your salad ingredients. Start with the romaine lettuce and then sprinkle evenly with bell pepper, olives, tomatoes, cheese, green onions. Use a spoon to evenly dollop the sour cream and salsa on top of the salad. Sprinkle with the meat mixture and the doritos.
  5. Serve. Use tongs to serve your salad. If there are leftovers you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge, although the Doritos will be soggy.
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe (93% lean beef)
  • Calories: 447
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 612 mg
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Protein: 25 g