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Instant Pot Southwestern Casserole

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


A hamburger casserole with beans, tomatoes, green chiles and orzo pasta. A fast recipe with only a 1 minute pressure cooking time. 


  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 cup diced onion or 2 Tbsp dried onion
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 8 oz dry orzo pasta
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese


  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When display says HOT add in the beef and break it up. Add in the onion and jalapeno. Brown for about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Turn off the Instant Pot.
  2. Drain off any excess grease. Then stir in the salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin to coat the meat. 
  3. Pour in the broth and scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking. 
  4. Sprinkle in the orzo evenly, do not stir. 
  5. Dump the tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, beans and green chiles on top. Do not stir.
  6. Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 1 minute. When time is up perform a quick release.
  7. Stir well. Sprinkle the cheese on top and let it melt (you can use an air fryer lid to melt the cheese).
  8. Serve and enjoy. Top with a dollop of sour cream and salsa, if you’d like. 
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot