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Creamy Instant Pot Taco Casserole

Easy Instant Pot taco casserole recipe that is full of flavor and lots of cheese! Stir in a spoonful of sour cream for a creamy pressure cooker taco pasta made in just 10 minutes. Your whole family will surely love this flavorful dinner and it’s delicious the next day if you have leftovers.

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This Instant Pot taco casserole was created with ground beef and items I had in my pantry! I honestly couldn’t believe how tasty it came out, especially since I made it on the fly but even my kids gave it 2 thumbs up!! One of our favorite Instant Pot recipes for sure. (originally published 3/19, affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Before I added all the cheese and sour cream I scooped a portion out for my husband who needed a dairy free Instant Pot recipe.

He even said without cheese (the best parts if you ask me) it was still packed with flavor.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

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If you love pasta recipes you are going to love this 3 minute pressure cooker version for sure. It’s one of our favorite Instant Pot casseroles. 😉

You can surely just jump to recipe below but I did do a pretty lengthy step by step video you can watch so you don’t miss a beat. If you want to take this over the top use spicy sausage.

  • If you’re concerned it might be too hot add 1/2 lb. ground beef and 1/2 pound of spicy ground sausage.

I am telling you that is the best combination that we have found.

It adds just a bit of saturated fat but the flavors with just that added bit make it out of this world amazing to eat.

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This is one of our cheap Instant Pot recipes because you can make this Instant Pot taco casserole for about $15 or less and feeds 5-6 people! It’s done in under 20 minutes too.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

You can choose any type of small pasta. If you like elbow macaroni noodles then use those, we chose rotini which are this fun spirally shape that the kids like.

At the end I put a dollop of sour cream and more cheddar cheese on top.

Sometimes I stir in the sour cream but it depends on whether everyone wants it included in their bowl.

Totally up to you but I like it creamy taco pasta style personally.

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Pressure cooker taco pasta

  1. Instant Pot – this is the 1 I have, I suggest getting this non stick pot to avoid burn notices now and in the future too
  2. Ground beef
    1. 80/20 hamburger is just fine
    2. or ground turkey could be used
    3. I don’t drain it but you can if you choose to
  3. Small noodles
    1. we used rotini
    2. you could use any small/medium pasta shells

Let’s be honest, I buy what’s on sale y’all. 😉

  1. Shredded cheese
    1. I like Mexican blend cheese that is already shredded
  2. Diced tomatoes – I like petite tomatoes
  3. Tomato sauce
  4. Beef broth
  5. Onion
  6. 1 packet taco seasoning
  7. Can of diced green chiles is a good additional add in too

You can use your Ninja Foodi to make this too, either pot works. Directions are the same as below.

pressure cooker taco pasta

If you don’t have a taco seasoning packet then just add (I didn’t have one and this is what I used)

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Turn your pot to saute and add your olive oil, hamburger and diced onions. 
  2. Cook until ground beef is no longer pink, stir in taco seasoning packet, then turn off.
  3. Pour in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and beef broth, do not stir.
  4. Sprinkle in uncooked pasta and gently submerge into the liquid, do not stir.
  5. Seal pressure cooking lid and set to high pressure for 3 minutes followed by a quick release.
    1. 2 minutes cooking time  if you like your noodles al dente
  6. Remove the lid and stir contents. Then sprinkle cheese on top and put lid back on ajar so it can melt and dish can thicken for 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in sour cream if you want it in the whole dish, or serve with a dollop on top of each bowl with a side of tortilla chips or corn tortillas.

And in case you are starting with Instant Pot frozen ground beef, here’s how to thaw it out.

Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef

You could make a variation of chicken taco pasta by stirring in some precooked rotisserie / leftover chicken diced up at the end before you sprinkle on the cheese.

This will give it time to warm up. I hate wasting any food so I do this if that is the protein I have on hand that needs to be used up. Know what I mean. 😉

After you make this be sure to try some of our other Instant Pot pasta dishes our kids love:

Here’s a video showing you how I make it:

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Instant Pot Taco Casserole

Here is a really easy Instant Pot taco casserole recipe that is full of flavor and lots of cheese! Stir in a spoonful of sour cream for a creamy pressure cooker taco pasta made in just 10 minutes. Your whole family will surely love this flavorful dinner and it’s delicious the next day if you have leftovers. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword casserole, easy, instant pot, pressure cooker, taco
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 573kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put your Instant Pot on saute and add your olive oil, ground beef, spices (or taco seasoning packet) and diced onions. Brown meat until pink is gone. Turn pressure cooker off. Can drain if you desire, or not.
  • Pour in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and beef broth, do not stir.
  • Pour in uncooked noodles and gently press down so they are submerged into the liquid, do not stir.
  • Put lid on Instant Pot and close steam valve.
  • Set to pressure high for 3 minutes.
  • Do a quick release.
  • Sprinkle 1.5 c cheese on top and put lid back on to warm cheese and allow to melt for at least 5 minutes, 10 is better to allow sauce to thicken as well.
  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top or put 1/2 c. sour cream into pot and stir for a creamy taco casserole style meal! Will thicken more upon standing.

Video

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Taco Casserole
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 573 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 1664mg72%
Potassium 586mg17%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 840IU17%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 305mg31%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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ANON

Sunday 7th of February 2021

I am glad I came across this recipe; effortless and painless.

Kick it up a notch with some cilantro (optional hot sauce) and it hits every taste bud in the right spot.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Sounds delish

Taylor

Monday 21st of December 2020

What would you need to do to make this into a baked casserole? I’m trying to make it for a friend who is going through some health things and would love it bless her family with one of our favorite meals!

Abby

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

I just bought my first pc yesterday and this is the first meal I am making my family in it. I’m sooooo excited to try this! Thank you for posting the recipe!

Gwennie B

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

Made this several times now and each time it is a hit. It is a go to on a busy night. Quick and easy. We increase the cheese a touch and reduce the sour cream a bit. Thanks for a super goto recipe!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

So glad everyone loves it too

Joyce Smith

Monday 17th of August 2020

What if I choose to use yellow rice instead of noodles. How long would it take in the instant pot?

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

I have tried this with our IP hamburger casserole, search that in the search bar to try

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