Instant Pot Taco Pasta—all the yummy flavors from tacos in a bowl of pasta. An easy weeknight dinner recipe that doesn’t take much time to get on the table.
Instant Pot Taco Pasta
This pasta is pure, delicious comfort food. I wanted to eat it all! Luckily I didn’t and had leftovers for lunch the next day. I loved the guacamole on top and wanted to lick my plate clean. Mix up your pasta and taco nights and make this Instant Pot Taco Pasta.
Some things I’m thinking about sort of related to the recipe…
Avoid the burn message: Whenever I stay “don’t stir” in my recipes it’s because I don’t want something touching the bottom of the pot that will cause a burn error. In today’s case, I’m trying to not let the tomatoes touch the bottom of the pot. If you want you can read more about why the burn error message occurs.
Beef trick: I read a tip from a wonderful reader of 365 Days. She told about a great way to store ground beef. When buying a large amount of ground beef you separate it into 1 pound increments. Then mash the beef down into thin patties. Store the mashed 1 pound patties in between layers of parchment paper and in a big ziploc bag in the freezer. Then whenever you need a pound of ground beef it is much easier to defrost because it’s so thin.
Sweet Mini Peppers: I bought a bag of those colorful mini peppers from Costco and they are so tasty! So sweet and delicious. They don’t have many or any seeds on the insides either. I used 3 mini peppers for this recipe and they were perfect.
Taco Seasoning: I buy a big container of taco seasoning from Costco typically but sometimes when I’m feeling less lazy I make my own from scratch. Here’s the recipe I use…
To make a batch of taco seasoning, add the following ingredients in an airtight container and shake to combine. Use about 2 Tbsp per pound of meat.
- 10 Tbsp chili powder (1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp)
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1 Tbsp ground coriander
- 3/4 tsp ground red pepper
- 2 Tbsp cumin
- 2 Tbsp salt
- 2 Tbsp black pepper
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All the yummy flavors from tacos in a bowl of pasta. An easy weeknight dinner recipe that doesn’t take much time to get on the table.
- 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
- 3 Tbsp taco seasoning
- 3 ¾ cups beef broth
- 1 pound pasta (macaroni, cavatappi, rotini and penne all work)
- 1 (14.5 oz can) crushed tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch (optional)
- 1 bell pepper (your choice of color), cored and diced
- ½ cup loosely packed chopped cilantro
- 1 (14 oz) can of corn, rinsed and drained
- 1 (4 oz) can sliced olives, drained
- 1 cup grated cheddar
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- Sour cream
- Turn Instant Pot to saute setting (MORE). When the display says HOT add the ground beef and break it up*. Add in the taco seasoning. Brown the ground beef until no pink remains. Drain off any excess grease.
- Deglaze the pot by pouring in the beef broth and scraping the bottom of the pot.
- Add in pasta and use a spoon to even it out into one layer that is almost all covered with liquid. Evenly pour the crushed tomatoes over the top, don’t stir.
- Cover your Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 5 minutes on high pressure. When the time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid. If your pasta has too much liquid you can make a cornstarch slurry to thicken it. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. In a small bowl stir together 1 Tbsp of cornstarch with 1-2 Tbsp of water, until smooth.Then pour the mixture into the Instant Pot. The cornstarch mixture will thicken up contents of pot quickly.
- Stir in the peppers, cilantro, corn, olives, cheddar and tomatoes. Scoop into bowls and top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and guacamole.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
- Category: Beef
- Method: Instant Pot
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