Instant Pot Jalapeño Popper Pasta

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 14 reviews

Instant Pot Jalapeño Popper Pasta is extra creamy and cheesy with a touch of spiciness from the jalapeños. A perfect one-pot, hearty and delicious 30-minute dinner.

We love making easy and delicious pasta in the Instant Pot, like our popular Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak PastaCheesy Instant Pot Taco Pasta, and the cheesy Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni.

Instant Pot Jalapeño Popper Pasta

Instant Pot Jalapeño Popper Pasta

Jalapeño Popper Pasta is one of my latest pressure cooker pasta creations. I have been on a kick lately cooking pasta in my Instant Pot and creating easy one-pot meals. I rely a lot on these types of recipes during the busy work week. Making an Instant Pot Jalapeño Popper Pasta was a no brainer to me as we love everything “jalapeño popper’ related.

The dish turned out to be creamy, cheesy, hearty, with the right amount of heat from the jalapeños. Easy to make in the Instant Pot, and the best part is that you don’t have to cook the pasta separately. Minimum dishes to clean and a delicious dinner to eat. Cheese, bacon, pasta and jalapeños, it can’t get much better than this!

Instant Pot Jalapeño Popper Pasta

Instant Pot Jalapeño Pasta Recipe Tips:

  • Use quality meat because a good meat centered meal starts with quality meat. Preferably use organic beef for this meal.
  • Look for fresh meat that has a bright color, and about 15-20% fat content. Due to higher fat content, the meat gets great flavor and tenderness.
  • Browning the beef is essential because it will lock in the flavors.
  • You don’t have to pre-cook the pasta for this recipe. Add the uncooked pasta to the pot and 5 minutes on HP will give you al-dente pasta, and 6 minutes will result in more well-cooked pasta.
  • This dish can be made with any ground meat: chicken, turkey or pork, the cooking time will still be the same if you use the same amount of ingredients.
  • Red pepper flakes can be added for a spicier kick.
  • I added cheddar cheese, you can provolone or mozzarella cheese as well.
  • Serve the pasta topped with bacon and jalapeños.
  • Instant Pot – I have the 6 quarts one. It makes weeknight meals so much easier.

Instant Pot Jalapeño Popper Pasta

How to store it?

Prior to storing, let the dish completely cool. Then, transfer it to an air-tight container and store it for up to 4 days. Reheat prior to serving.

Instant Pot Jalapeño Popper Pasta with Bacon

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5 from 14 reviews
Instant Pot Jalapeño Popper Pasta
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 7 people
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 30 mins


  • 8 ounces  hardwood smoked bacon  (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons  canola oil 
  • 1 pound  ground beef 
  • 1  yellow onion diced 
  • 1 tablespoon  minced garlic 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 3  jalapeños  (seedless and veins removed, diced)
  • 2 cups  beef broth 
  • 1 tablespoon  butter 
  • 8 ounces  cream cheese  (divided into chunks)
  • 8 oz  large shell pasta 
  • 2 cups  shredded cheddar 


  • 2  jalapeños 
  •  Parsley 



  1. You can use already cooked bacon or you can cook your own.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Arrange a rack in the lower third of the oven. Line 1 baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  4. Lay the bacon on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  5. Bake until the bacon is deep golden-brown and crispy, 15 to 20 minutes. Begin checking around 12 minutes to monitor how quickly the bacon is cooking.
  6. Remove from oven and set aside.


  1. Set Instant Pot to Saute.
  2. Once the IP is hot add the oil and wait for it to start simmering.
  3. Add the ground beef, let it cook without moving for about 1 minute, to get a nice sear on it. After that, break it up using a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  4. Once the ground beef has browned, add chopped onion, minced garlic, diced jalapeños, salt and pepper stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add broth and scrape well the bottom of the pot to remove any bits of beef that stuck to it.
  6. Add butter and cream cheese. Stir to combine.
  7. Add pasta and stir to combine.
  8. Cover and seal the lid. Make sure the valve points to Sealed. Change setting to manual and adjust time to 5 minutes on High Pressure.
  9. Once Instant Pot beeps to show that it's done, do a quick release, by changing the position of the valve to Vent. Carefully remove cover and stir.
  10. Turn off the Instant Pot. Remove the lid and stir the pasta.
  11. Top with shredded cheese, put the lid back on but don't seal. Allow a minute or two for the cheese to start melting. Stir to combine.
  12. Serve topped with bacon, jalapeños and chopped parsley.
0 Calories: 726 Carbohydrates: 28 Protein: 30 Fat: 53 Saturated Fat: 23 Cholesterol: 141 Sodium: 1000 Potassium: 472 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 930 Vitamin C: 13.4 Calcium: 294 Iron: 2.3
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Instant Pot Jalapeño Popper Pasta is extra creamy and cheesy with a touch of spiciness from the jalapeños. A perfect one pot, hearty and delicious 30 minute dinner.

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Ruth I.

Wow. This looks so delicious! I love pasta and spicy food. Now I really want an Instant Pot.



This is a great recipe! My family really enjoyed it. I was expecting it to be a little spicy, but it wasn't, so I may add red pepper flakes or use hot Italian sausage the next time I make it. I wasn't so sure about cream cheese in my pasta, but so happy I tried this, quite tasty and easy to make! Thank you!



Okay, I’ve made your cheeseburger macaroni, pizza pasta, and now this! I never comment but your recipes are delicious and well written. Maybe I’ve missed it but do you have a cookbook? I’ve made your recipes as written, zero changes, and my friends and family are constantly asking what I’m making next and if they can come for dinner. I’m going to have to make something disgusting so they will leave me alone :-). Thank you for the delicious recipes and I will continue trying all of them. 


Correction:  I have commented on all 3 recipes I’ve made of yours, so I should stop saying I never comment!


Hi Kevin, I am so happy that you are enjoying my recipes!! So much work goes into this blog, and comments like this make it worthy! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I am actually working on a few e-books now that will be available on the blog soon, and hopefully a cookbook and 1 year or so :)


robin rue

I am not sure if the kids will like this, but my husband and I will! I can't wait to make it for us.


Alli Smith

I'm a jalapeno popper lover so I know I'll love this recipe. I'm all about easy recipes during the workweek and this one looks like a winner to me.



Making a m Xizang like sauce for pasta is always popular and easy to make. I still don’t have an instantaneous pot. Maybe this year 



This is the best pasta recipe I've ever seen! it's perfect for both general cold weather and game day. I can't wait to make it!


Amber Myers

Yum, this is my kind of pasta. I just love spicy things. I'll be trying this out for sure. My son loves spicy stuff as well.



That looks amazing. Of course, all of your recipes look delicious! I can't wait to try this one too. Adding it to our menu plan.


Sarah Bailey

Instant Pots seem absolutely amazing for making all manner of different items! I have to admit this recipe sounds delicious - what a kick I bet it gives to the pasta.


Glenda Cates

I can't have SPicy Foods but my mother in law can and she loves Recipes like this. I can't wait to share it with her so she can make it or her and my father in law.



I love my instant pot! It makes so many delicious meals! I can't wait to try this one. That little kick of jalapeño is perfect for this meal.


Terri Steffes

Well, this sounds like an instant winner!! I have to try to make pasta in my instant pot. This would be amazing.



Yummy! This dip would be perfect to make for Monday night football. I know my family would love it. 



Wow, what did I just saw? Instant pot pasta! sounds amazing and looks so delicious, I never know that pasta can be made this good. Thanks for such a good recipe details.


You are welcome!



Wow what a really interesting recipe. I love jalapeno poppers but never tried it with pasta yet. I'm definitely trying your recipe.



Anything with jalapeno is a go for me. You added extra creamy and cheesy now its a win for me ?It deserves a 5 star!



This looks really good. My husband and I love spicy foods. Can't wait to try out your recipe.



I love jalapeños! How spicy is it?  Can I add more jalapeños into the recipe? Looks amazing!


Sara Welch

Wow that is a cool recipe. My family would really enjoy this one!


Kita Bryant

I have got to try this one. I love eating poppers.


Jona Shares

Wow, glad I came over your blog. I am checking out new recipes to try and this is really interesting. My husband likes Jalapeño and for sure he will be surprised if I serve him something new.


Scott Trowbridge

I have major jalapeño popper pasta several times. I really enjoy it and so does everybody else that has tried it. My question is, after I make it and put it in the refrigerator to store it gets really clump together. If I go to reheat it, I would like for it to be creamier each time I do that. Would I add more of the beef broth once making the recipe or do you have any other suggestions please. Thank you very much, Scott


When reheating add more WARM broth or WARM cream/half and half. Always adjust for salt and pepper as well.



Hi Catalina, thanks so much for your reply :-) I did make a fresh batch last night and brought to a Christmas pot luck. It was a huge hit!!! I’m gunna try the philly cheese steak one this weekend. Thanks again, your awesome.....txt at 760-220-9064 Scott


thanks Scott! Glad you liked it!


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