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Creamy Instant Pot Taco Casserole

Easy Instant Pot taco casserole pasta 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. You can make this as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe too or in your Crockpot Express.

He even said without cheese (the best parts if you ask me) it was still packed with flavor. You can use any shape of noodles you like, or whatever is cheap is what I do.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

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Instant Pot Taco Pasta

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 a 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.

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Instant Pot Mexican Pasta

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

  • 1.5 tsp of:
    • Lawry’s seasoning salt
    • Garlic salt
    • Chili powder

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

Taco Pasta Recipe

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:

There’s a video in this postshowing you how I make it: Feel free to print the recipe below and keep it with your other favorite recipes. OR just come back and visit us every time you need the ingredients and step by step. We love “seeing you” so there’s that. 😉

Sure to be your family’s next favorite meal ever, let us know what you think below once you enjoy a bowl yourself.

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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



  • 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.


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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Wednesday 12th of July 2023

Interesting!!! I made this recipe nearly identical, with exception of changing two things: I used my favorite taco seasoning and I wanted this dish to be more authentic so I stirred the tomato sauce in with the ground beef. When making tacos, it is tradition to add tomato sauce to the ground beef to give it a good red texture and to amp it up a bit.

The dish was totally amazing and so easy to make. The proportions were literally spot-on.

The recipe (like most) is versatile - make it however you want. The fact that you can put everything into the pot and pressure cook it for three minutes and boom, it's done is super priceless.

I can't believe how good this dish tasted! My partner loved it, as well. She was excited to eat it when she saw a bowl of it come her way! I had told her I was going to make something taco-based but she wasn't enthusiastic about tortilla tacos so this gives us that taco craving satisfaction without the tortillas.

Thank you for this recipe. It will be in our rotation!!!


Sunday 11th of September 2022

A good go to, easy meal! I also add a can of drained black beans, some frozen sweet corn and add a little more broth. We also usually eat it with corn chips, it comes out amazing!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 11th of September 2022



Thursday 16th of June 2022

I made this a while back and marked it as a “keeper”! Made it again tonight, and it is definitely still a “keeper”!! So delicious! Thanks for the recipe and video!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 16th of June 2022

Oh good!!


Monday 16th of May 2022

I added diced chiles and black beans and added a little more liquid, came out perfect! Also increased the cook time to 4 minutes as my hubby does not like Al dente pasta.

The Typical Mom

Saturday 21st of May 2022



Monday 20th of December 2021

This recipe is amazing! I use gluten free (brown rice/quinoa) pasta and follow the directions the same. It turns out perfectly every time. And it’s FAST! I also usually use ground Turkey.

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