Cheesy Instant Pot Taco Pasta [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Instant Pot Taco Pasta is creamy, hearty and extra cheesy, easily made in the Pressure Cooker without pre-cooking the pasta. Serve it with your favorite toppings.

Instant Pot Pasta recipes are a staple around here. Among our most popular once are  Tuscan Chicken PastaChicken Pot Pie Pasta, and the cheesy Cheeseburger Macaroni.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Best Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Instant Pot Taco Pasta is one of those amazing dinners that once you try it will quickly become a favorite. After I made this for my husband, he asked me to add it to our rotation menu.

The recipe is so delightfully easy, you add all the ingredients to the pot and cook them together. You read that right, you don’t have to pre-cook the pasta. This homemade pasta recipe also requires minimal prep work.

A delicious combination of beef cooked with chunky and spicy salsa, taco seasoning, pasta and lots of cheese.

The pasta shells end up covered in the most amazing, cheesy sauce, you will basically lick your plate clean. Serve this amazing meal with your favorite toppings, I love mine with lots of sour cream, avocado, salsa, and fresh cilantro.

You can also add crushed tortilla chips and some chopped fresh jalapenos for a spicy kick.

Pressure Cooker Taco Pasta

Recipe Tips:

  • I always say this, but a good meat-centered meal starts with quality meat, preferably use organic beef for this meal.
  • Also, look for fresh meat, that has a bright color, and that has a 15-20% fat content to get great flavor and tenderness.
  • Browning the beef is essential, it will lock in the flavor and the beef juices and also elevate the meat flavor.
  • Also, you don’t have to pre-cook the pasta for this recipe, you 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.
  • Red pepper flakes can be added for the dish to be spicier and well as freshly chopped jalapeño peppers.
  • I added cheddar cheese, you can also use a Mexican blend cheese mix.
  • You can use your favorite salsa in this recipe. I like to use medium chunky salsa as it adds more texture and a spicy kick.
  • To store leftovers, simply transfer the dish to an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Best Instant Pot Taco Pasta

How long do you cook pasta in the Pressure Cooker?

Pasta is cooked in the pressure cooker, usually between 4-6 minutes, depending on the recipe and type of pasta. Most of the time followed by a Quick Pressure Release.

What Kind of Beef Is Best?

We love cooking this dish with ground beef that is 85/15 lean. However, you might go with 80/20 or 90/10 depending on your preference. If using higher fat content meat, you might want to drain the grease after browning it in the pressure cooker. 

Topping suggestions for Instant Pot Taco Pasta:

This dish is already delicious on its own. However, if you want to enhance the flavors, we suggest topping the pasta with Mexican cheeses mix, avocado, cilantro, and sour cream. 

Also, try topping it with Homemade Pico de Gallo, or even some Chipotle Sauce

Can I make Instant Pot Taco Pasta with other meats?

This dish can be made with any ground meats, such as chicken, turkey or pork. Also, the cooking time will still be the same if you use the same amount of ingredients.

Tools/ingredients that I used to make the Best Instant Pot Taco Pasta Recipe:

  • Instant Pot – I use it all the time, I have the 6 quarts one. It makes weeknight meals so much easier.


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5 from 2 reviews
Instant Pot Taco Pasta
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons  canola oil 
  • 1 pound  ground beef 
  • 1  yellow onion diced 
  • 1 tablespoon  minced garlic 
  • 1 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1-2 tablespoon  Taco seasoning  (depends how you like it)
  • 1 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 
  • 1 cup  chunky salsa  (medium spice)
  • 2 cups  beef broth 
  • 8 oz  shell pasta  (I used medium shells)
  • 2 cups  shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican blend cheese 


  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 and minced garlic, stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add Worcestershire sauce, taco seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add the salsa and stir, add beef broth and stir to combine. Scraping the bottom of the pot to remove any bits that stuck to it to avoid burning.
  7. Add pasta and stir to combine.
  8. Cover and seal the lid. Make sure the valve points to Sealed. Change the setting to manual and adjust the 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.
  11. Top with shredded cheese, put the lid back on but don't seal. Allow a minute or two for the cheese to start to melt. Stir to combine.
  12. Serve with favorite toppings: sour cream, fresh salsa, jalapeños, avocado, and fresh cilantro.
0 Calories: 524 Carbohydrates: 43 Protein: 21 Fat: 28 Saturated Fat: 9 Cholesterol: 53 Sodium: 1097 Potassium: 511 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 345 Vitamin C: 3.1 Calcium: 76 Iron: 3
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Best Pressure Cooker Taco Pasta
Instant Pot Taco Pasta is creamy, hearty and extra cheesy, easily made in the instant pot without pre cooking the pasta. Serve it with you favorite toppings.

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Made this for dinner tonight. Used ground chx and chx broth. Definitely a Keeper (according to my husband). Delish!!  


Anna T

Made this for dinner last night using leftover chicken meatloaf (cubed) and chicken broth. This was a huge hit - even with my slightly picky healthy eater. Will definitely be making this again!



Can you double the recipe and if so what would the cook time be?


Same time :)


Christan Jackson

Do you drain the grease off the meat once you brown it?


Yes, sure



Could you use gluten free pasta with this recipe? If so, would the cooking time change?


yes, you can and the cooking time doesn't change.


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