A delicious and easy pasta recipe for a busy weeknight, this Instant Pot Taco Pasta has tons of flavor – plus veggies and protein, for a quick meal you can feel great about serving to your family!
Instant Pot Taco Pasta Recipe
On busy days, a sinking feeling sets in.
Usually around 5pm.
As I’ve been running around – doing errands, cleaning the house, or getting caught up in an unexpectedly harried work situation, I’ve completely neglected preparing supper.
And now – we’re hungry.
Before my instant pot, that would mean we would have to have a quick snack as I prepared something last-minute (which then would have the undesirable effect of making us less hungry once the food was actually served…)
But now, I can have a delicious supper on the table within 15-20 minutes of that first hunger pang, and still manage to have a few minutes to wash dishes and wrap up the things that delayed supper in the first place.
(Plus, my instant pot allows me to cook frozen meat to perfection – which is great on weeks where I end up with less leftovers than I had planned, or a meal out gets cancelled. No wasted meat = one happy mama.)
This taco pasta recipe is super flavorful and packed with veggies and protein.
I actually brown and cook the beef right in the Instant Pot on the sauté setting before adding the other ingredients and securing the lid for the final cook. 12-13 minutes later, quick release and reveal your perfectly cooked taco pasta!
My daughter loves this instant pot pasta and its a fun alternative to tacos – especially if Taco Tuesday usually results in a mess of taco toppings all over your floor!
I’ve made this recipe so many times now, I actually shot a how-to video the last time so you can see just how easy it is to make this delicious Instant Pot Taco Pasta – and after you’re done watching, don’t forget to scroll down and grab your free recipe printable!
Ingredients for Instant Pot Pasta
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 onion, minced
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1-10oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1-10oz can corn, rinsed and drained
- 1-16oz can chile-style tomatoes, with juice
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 lb pasta, uncooked
- 2 cups water or broth
- 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
- Cheese, optional for serving
- Sour cream, optional for serving
Tip: if you prefer your pasta el dente, you can instead cook it separately and reduce the water or broth in the instant pot to 1/2 cup.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Instant Pot
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Can opener
- Sharp kitchen knife
How to Make Instant Pot Mexican Pasta
Turn the Instant Pot on the saute setting and add the garlic, onions and ground beef.
Cook until the ground beef is fully browned, stirring constantly.
Add in the black beans, corn, tomatoes, sauce, pasta, broth and seasoning. Stir to combine.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn off the saute setting.
Select the soup/stew setting for 10 minutes, then quick or natural release.
Serve with a sprinkle of cheese and dollop of sour cream, as desired.
Grab your free printable for Instant Pot Mexican Pasta:
This Mexican-inspired Instant Pot Taco Pasta recipe is flavorful, filling and full of veggies for a healthy instant pot recipe your family will love.
For more delicious instant pot recipes, check out our Instant Pot Hawaiian Pot Roast.