Instant Pot taco bowls with fresh, thawed or frozen ground beef over rice is the bomb for dinner! Add cheese and all the fixings for this easy one pot pressure cooker recipe even your kids will love. You don’t have to wrap meat and toppings in a tortilla, sometimes deconstructed is the way to go.
Have you made Instant Pot taco bowls yet? It’s a great tweak to the traditional style inside a tortilla or taco shells. A cheap and easy InstaPot recipe you can load up with toppings and all the things you love. (affiliate links present)
Instant Pot Taco Bowl Ground Turkey
First we made a batch of Instant Pot chicken taco bowls and those were great with chicken breasts. Hamburger is typically what is on sale at the store though or in the freezer to use up. If I am really trying to be good I will brown ground turkey instead which packs a ton of protein but less fat for sure.
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You don’t have to use an IP to make this one though. A Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi pot will work just as well using pressure cook to get all the proteins nice and tender.
If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:
- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.
Beef Taco Bowl Instant Pot
We always have a lot of “cow in the freezer” since we buy meat in bulk each year. Since that was what was on hand on this day I decided to document the process so I could share it with y’all since it’s such a hit with my family. So here we go…..
This is just one of many simple Instant Pot ground beef recipe choice we have made over the years, over and over again. All ingredients are easily accessible, and really inexpensive too. It came out FULL of flavor and was fun served on top a bed of rice with toppings everyone could choose from.
This is what we used. Yes you can use your Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi pot to make this as well. Use the instructions below.
Instant Pot Burrito Bowl Beef
If you wanted to make this more of what you would find wrapped in a tortilla you could make some refried beans on the stovetop or if you had another IP at home.
Ground beef recipe in Instant Pot
Forget using more than one pan or pot, we have you covered when you cook Instant Pot ground beef anything! Just set to saute, add a bit of olive oil and brown as you normally would on the stovetop.
- The game changer is you can then keep going with all of your other ingredients and pressure cook all in the same pot.
- We follow the same steps when we make Instant Pot taco meat.
- This too is another one of our favorite cheap Instant Pot recipes that go on our weekly meal rotation.
How do you make taco bowls from scratch?
It’s quite easy using this method. Use what you have on hand and the seasonings you love. Below are just suggestions we love but just like any other tacos you can serve them a multitude of ways.
Instant Pot taco bowl
Once you’ve browned your hamburger you’ll want to add in all the other ingredients.
- I always suggest you get a non stick pot
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Salsa verde
- Beef broth
- 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
How can you serve this taco bowls recipe?
- Over a bed of Instant Pot white rice
- Pressure cooker brown rice is an option too
- Scoop it up with tortilla chips
- Plain, as is without carbs.
- If you meal prep I would leave those items out anyway and just pack meat in airtight containers and store in the fridge.
Here are the steps to follow: First I like to rinse the rice with water in a strainer. This step isn’t necessary but if you have time I recommend it. Cook as usual separately, then fluff rice with a fork when done and keep warm.
- Of course if you aren’t serving these in the form of a taco bowl then skip that step.
- You can use this recipe for traditional soft tacos as well, or make lettuce wraps for a low carb keto meal.
If you want to add other favorite ingredients like finely diced bell peppers or jalapenos feel free. I use what I have on hand really for this Instant Pot dinner idea.
Set pot to saute and add olive oil and ground beef, onions, garlic, onion powder, and cumin. If you have fresh cilantro, add it at this time too.
- Cook until meat is no longer pink, then turn pot off.
- Dump in salsa verde and broth, stir together.
- Close lid and turn pressure release valve to sealing position.
- Set to high pressure for a 4 minute cook time followed by a quick release.
- This should take a total of about 12 minutes including time to pressurize.
- Serve at this time or set to saute again and allow some liquid to evaporate and sauce to thicken.
Total cook time for both rice and taco meat is about 30 minutes which is a pretty quick and easy Instant Pot meal.
What do you put on tacos?
That is a BIG question with a lot of answers but here are a few of our favorite taco toppings:
- Shredded lettuce
- Shredded cheese – sharp cheddar is my favorite
- Avocado and/or guacamole
- Hot sauce
What do you need for a taco bar?
Other than the meat and toppings you see above?
- Charro beans and black beans are great to serve on the side or throw them right on top!
- Mexican rice is always a winner for underneath as well.
- Hard and soft taco shells
How many tacos do you need per person?
I would cook extra beans in a pressure cooker to have on hand because they’re the cheapest ingredient and easy to make this way.
- Typically the general rule is 3 each.
- If you are serving them with a carb, in bowls as you see here that wouldn’t apply. I would count on one bowl per person.
Keep in mind that one 16 ounce package of 80/20 ground beef will produce 12 ounces of cooked hamburger, so plan accordingly.
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Instant Pot Taco Bowls
- Drizzle oil into pressure cooker pot, select Saute and add the ground beef. Add in diced onions and sprinkle in the garlic and onion powder, ground cumin seed. Can add fresh chopped cilantro too if desired.
- Stir until well mixed. Continue to saute until beef is no longer pink, then cancel on Saute setting. Pour in the salsa verde then the beef broth.
- Place the lid on the pressure cooker, move valve to sealing and then select High Pressure and set for 4 minutes
- Do a quick release.
- The beef will be very saucy at this point. If you want to serve this over rice you can go ahead and just serve as is. If you’re using for filling then select saute and set for 5 minutes and cook down until it reaches the consistency you’d like.