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Instant Pot Taco Pasta

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


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 3/4 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
  • 1/2 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
  • Guacamole


  1. 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. 
  2. Deglaze the pot by pouring in the beef broth and scraping the bottom of the pot. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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*.

  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot