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Instant Pot Taco Pasta

An Easy and Delicious Instant Pot Pasta Recipe Perfect for Busy Weeknight Dinners

This incredibly easy and delicious Instant Pot Taco Pasta is kid-approved and will be ready in no time so you and your family can enjoy a hearty meal on a busy weeknight. Ready in only 10 to 15 minutes, this fast and easy pasta dish explodes with so much delicious Tex-Mex flavor that it will leave your kids licking their plates and asking for more. This Instant Pot recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

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I love cooking pasta in my Instant Pot. It’s so easy and quick and my family always devours it when I make it. There are so many ways you can make it in the Instant Pot. My family’s favorites include my Cheesy Beef & Bowtie Pasta, my Cheeseburger Mac, and my Beef and Macaroni Casserole.

This Instant Pot Taco Pasta is my latest venture into the Instant Pot Pasta world and my family approves! It’s so easy to make and has simple ingredients that I usually have on hand. It’s definitely gotten me out of a pinch when I’m short on time on busy weeknights.

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Taco Pasta Is the Perfect Family Meal

My kids love pasta, and they love it when I make it in the Instant Pot because I can have it ready in no time. They really enjoy putting their own toppings on this Taco Pasta, this way everyone gets what they want and there are no complaints.

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My nephew, who helped us with the video for this recipe, says that when he was editing the video he couldn’t stand looking at the image of the pasta anymore because he wanted to eat it again!! He’s one of my official taste testers, so that tells me the recipe is a winner!

What Kind of Beef Is Best?

I love the convenience of cooking this pasta dish in the Instant Pot and that includes the fact that it’s a one-pot meal, no draining of the pasta and in my case, no draining of the meat either. Some of you may ask why I don’t drain it. The reason is simple, I always buy ground sirloin which is typically 93/7 or 90/10, meaning it has little fat content so there’s no need to drain.

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You don’t have to buy ground sirloin though. You can make this Instant Pot Taco Pasta with almost any kind of ground meat you like. It’s perfect with turkey, chicken, and ground beef. If you use a higher fat content beef, then I recommend you drain the fat after browning it.

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

Since this recipe is essentially a one-pot dump meal with a few simple ingredients, you’ll need very few utensils and cleanup will be minimal.

  • You will need a dry ingredient measuring cup to measure out the taco seasoning. I’m all about space savings in the kitchen and always try to purchase utensils that will help me make the best use of my drawer and cabinet space. A good set of stackable measuring cups is a must for any space-conscious kitchen.
  • For the beef stock, you’ll need a 4 cup liquid measuring cup. I’ve had this large measuring cup for years and it’s been great.
  • When cooking the ground beef, you’ll want to use a wooden or silicone spoon to break up the beef into smaller and smaller pieces as it cooks. I always use this pretty aqua spoon. I love it because it does what it’s supposed to do and it matches my kitchen.
Appliances & Cookware

You can make this recipe in either the 8-quart or 6-quart Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Accessories

Make sure to check out my post on Must-Have Accessories for the Instant Pot. You’ll find a complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with your Instant Pot.

What Kind of Toppings Are Good With Taco Pasta?

Oh, the possibilities are endless! Just think of what you like to put on tacos and go with that. We love topping our Instant Pot Taco Pasta with cheese, avocado, pico, cilantro, and sour cream. Yummy!

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If you need to save even more time, then just serve the pasta as is, straight out of the pot, with no toppings. It is absolutely delicious! I usually take the few minutes that it takes the pasta to pressure cook to prep the toppings, but I have also served it alone and it’s gobbled up just the same!

If what you want is an easy, quick, and delicious meal that your family will love, look no further! This Instant Pot Taco Pasta is it.

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I know you and your family will enjoy this recipe! I’d love to hear in the comments when you try it.

Whether you’re an Instant Pot beginner or you just like to follow visual step-by-step instructions, you’ll want to head over to my How To Make Instant Pot Taco Pasta post. There, you’ll find detailed instructions along with some other great tips and suggestions.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Pasta, ground beef, tomatoes, and chiles flavored with taco seasoning

4.65 from 14 votes
DifficultySuper Easy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Instant Pot
IP Pressure LevelHigh
IP ProgramManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Pressure Release
2 minute NPR
Total Time
10 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
Pasta Night and Taco Tuesdays collide in this wonderful mashup where Tex-Mex meets Italian. This 10-minute Instant Pot recipe brings you the taste of a fully loaded taco in a pasta dish. The whole family will love this one.
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Course: Main Course
Category: Casseroles, Pastas
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  • Press the 'Sauté' button on the Instant Pot. Ensure that the 'Sauté' heat level is set to 'More' and allow the pot to warm up for a few minutes. As soon as the digital display reads 'Hot', add the ground sirloin to the pot and sauté continually breaking up the meat into equal pieces until it is fully cooked.
  • Add the taco seasoning, diced tomatoes with juices, and green chilis to the Instant Pot and mix them into the ground beef. Continue cooking for another minute.
  • Cancel the 'Sauté' function, then add the beef stock to the pot and mix it into the meat.
  • Layer the pasta on top of the beef and, using a large spoon, gently push it down into the beef stock so that most of it is submerged and damp.
  • Close the Instant Pot and set the pressure release valve to 'Sealing' and then set the pot to 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook', High Pressure with a cook time of 3 minutes. Once the cook time has completed, allow for a 2-minute natural pressure release (NPR).
  • Release any remaining pressure after the two minute NPR has completed. Open the pot and then mix in the cheese until it has fully melted into the pasta.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Calories: 577kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 753mg | Potassium: 943mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 405mg | Iron: 5.1mg


Some things you should know about this Instant Pot Taco Pasta recipe.

Don't mix in the pasta. Don’t mix the pasta into the other ingredients. Using a spoon or spatula, gently push the pasta down into the beef stock until most of it is damp and slightly submerged in the stock. That’s it!

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make this Instant Pot Taco Pasta recipe your own.

Better cooked beef. While it may be tempting, don’t put the ground beef in the pot until it reads ‘Hot’. I used to put the beef in too early and have noticed that if I just wait a few minutes and let the pot heat up until it reads ‘Hot’, my ground beef will cook so much better and faster.

Try different pastas. This recipe works great with farfalle (bowtie pasta) but should work just as well with elbow macaroni, shells, or rotini. You shouldn’t have to make any time adjustments with these smaller kinds of pasta. So feel free to mix it up.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few ideas for serving your Instant Pot Taco Pasta.

Top it like a taco. For even more taco deliciousness, top this pasta with a dollop of sour cream, pico de gallo, avocado, shredded Mexican style cheese, and cilantro. A little hot sauce can liven this dish up even more.

Serve with a side salad. This pasta would be perfect served with a Tex-Mex inspired side salad. Just toss together some cherry tomatoes, avocado, black olives, purple onion, corn, and cilantro and then spread over a bed of romaine. Lightly top with a Southwestern or Lime dressing and enjoy.

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  • Melanie says:

    I don’t have diced tomatoes, can I use Rotel instead?

  • Holly says:

    Hi Valerie!
    I am wondering about the 3/4 cup taco seasoning. It seems like that is a lot compared to the small packets used to season ground beef for tacos. Two pound of meat usually takes 2 ounces of seasoning. I guess the extra ounces are for the pasta?

    • Hi Holly! That’s the amount of taco seasoning I felt gave this pasta dish the best flavor. You can adjust it to whatever amount you feel comfortable with. The Old El Paso container of seasoning I buy which is linked above, suggests 1/4 cup per pound of meat. So yes, I add another 1/4 cup for the pasta. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  • Dustie says:

    Made this dish for a dinner party and it was absolutely delicious and very easy to make. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. I’m not a great cook but this was super easy. Thanks!

  • Constance says:

    This was awesome. Quick and easy and everyone loved it. Thanks for Sharing.

  • Vanessa says:

    This was delicious and so easy to make!

  • Amber says:

    Does the pasta come out tender or el dente? Our family likes the pasta cooked, should we do it for a little longer than 3 minutes?

  • Marlena says:

    I made this with ground turkey instead of ground beef, which is our preference. It came out delicious. This recipe will become part of our rotation.

  • Haley says:

    This was so delicious! & super easy & quick! Great for a quick last minute or late night dinner!

  • Renee says:

    I made this dish, my entire family loved it! Best part is that it was super easy, fast and sooooo delicious!

  • Danielle says:

    I attempted this tonight and it burned no matter what I did. I even dumped it out, scraped all the burn out and put it back with more liquid and it burned again. I finally just finished it in a regular pot.

  • Dawn says:

    It took me over a year to finally decide to get the Instant Pot and I am so glad I did. I didn’t realize how much I would use it, but I find myself making so many things in it! We love tacos here and this look so amazingly good 🙂

    I have found that Walmart has been carrying 96% ground beef now. At least ours has it, not sure if all over. I love it because it has the heart healthy label on the package! It is perfect for meals in the IP.

  • LEE says:

    what can i use instead of green chiles?

  • Erika Fultz says:

    I made this tonight and, while it was good, it was REALLY spicy. I enjoy some heat, but even my nephew, who likes hot sauce on everything, said it was spicy. I’ll make this again, but I’ll use 1/2 c max.

  • Sandy says:

    I love tacos, we had them tonight. I saw your recipe and can’t wait to try it. Sounds easy and good.

  • Sue A says:

    Hi Valerie,

    This looks delicious but I have one question on the seasoning. You call for 3/4 cup of seasoning in the recipe but you show that you use the Old El Paso packets. Does 3/4 cup equate to 1 or 2 packets since the packages are typically based on 1# of ground beef.

    • Hi Sue! Thanks for your question. I actually have a big plastic bottle of Old El Paso Taco seasoning. If you have to use packets, then 3 packets would probably be closer to what you need. I recommend those plastic spice bottles they sell. They come out cheaper than the packets. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Shelly Sweet says:

      Question…Can your Taco Pasta recipe be cut in half for the IP? Since it’s only for the 2 of us, 2 pounds of ground sirloin, etc. is way too much food, and we don’t want too much in leftovers. Thank You!

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