Instant Pot Taco Pasta Recipe (Tex Mex Goulash)

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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Instant Pot Taco Pasta is perfect for long, busy days. It’s a flavorful spin on a favorite comfort food. It’s warming and filling and really easy to make.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta Recipe From Val's Kitchen

This recipe is perfect for those evenings that occur after a long day or work or errands and then a long afternoon and evening of running from one function or activity to another. It’s a flavorful spin on a long-time favorite comfort food. It serves 6-8 people, is very filling and warms the tummy. And, it’s really easy to put together. One of the great things about it is the fact that the flavor is easy to change to suit your preference. I keep this recipe on the mild side, but if you like more spice and heat just add a different salsa. Here’s how I make it.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

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  • 1.25 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lb small shells pasta
  • 32 oz carton beef broth
  • 14.5 oz can beef broth
  • 16 oz jar chunky salsa OR 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with seasoning if you prefer
  • 14 oz bag frozen sweet yellow corn
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 8 oz shredded Mexican or taco cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, optional for topping


Place the ground beef into the Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Press the saute button and keeping the lid off, brown the ground beef, stirring often.

Add the pasta and the beef broth to the pot and stir well.

Add in the taco seasoning, salsa (OR tomatoes), and corn and stir well. I find it easiest to use a silicone cooking spoon when working with the Instant Pot. (Well, actually when working with anything.)

Set the Instant Pot to manual 10 minutes.

After the 10 minutes have passed, do a manual pressure release. You’ll want to use a pair of silicone tipped tongs to do this, so that you don’t accidentally burn yourself.

Add the shredded cheese to the pot and stir well.

Serve immediately, with additional shredded cheese and/or sour cream as an optional topping. You can serve right from the Instant Pot. If you do this, I suggest using the Instant Pot glass lid to keep the food warm. if you’re removing the pot from the unit, be sure to use the Instant Pot silicone mini mitts to safely remove the pot without burning yourself.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta Recipe From Val's Kitchen


Alli Smith February 24, 2017 - 6:29 am

I’ve been hearing so many great things about Instant Pot. I need to go ahead and get one. Pressure cookers sure have come a long way. I remember my mom cooking with one when I was a little girl. Your Taco Pasta looks delish!

Jeanette February 24, 2017 - 8:39 am

We just got an instant pot for Christmas and so I’m trying to gather as many recipes as I can! This is perfect I cannot wait to try it.

candy February 24, 2017 - 8:40 am

Taco pasta is such an easy and quick meal to prepare during the week kinda like goulash always popular.

Lisa Favre February 24, 2017 - 9:39 am

I am definitely getting inspired by all of these instant pot recipes. Tacos and pasta?! That’s a winning combination!

Paula Schuck February 24, 2017 - 10:54 am

That sounds so good. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I haven’t tried something like this in my Instant Pot yet.

Pam Wattenbarger February 24, 2017 - 2:35 pm

I make taco pasta pretty often, but I have never made it in the Instant Pot. This sounds yummy!

Doria February 24, 2017 - 2:39 pm

I’ve never made taco pasta, but it sounds like such a quick and easy meal in a pinch! I don’t have an instant pot yet, but everyone I know is raving about theirs so I think it’s time I take the plunge 😉

Annemarie LeBlanc February 24, 2017 - 7:22 pm

The taco pasta looks so good. I have not gotten myself an Instant Pot yet, but I sure am convinced that I should!

Jeanine February 25, 2017 - 3:57 pm

This looks amazing. This is one thing I havent ever made before, taco pasta! I bet it would be a huge hit for my kids. I need to get an instant pot!

CourtneyLynne February 26, 2017 - 12:51 pm

Omg can we say yum?!?! I just love all
Things Mexican food!!! I will have to give your recipe a try!

Chubskulit Rose February 26, 2017 - 8:35 pm

This looks delicious and is something that my family would sure enjoy to haVE. Thanks for the recipe.

Eloise February 26, 2017 - 9:32 pm

I made something similar to this, I’ll have to try yours… thanks for sharing your recipe (I’m going to steal it mwah hahaha!… just kidding-it’s not stealing when you are generously giving it out!) thanks!

adriana February 26, 2017 - 9:37 pm

I most definitely NEED to try this out! It looks sooo delicious, and so easy! Perfect for a weeknight meal. Adding it to the list! Yum!

Lisa Heath February 26, 2017 - 11:22 pm

My mouth is watering! This looks delicious and I bet my son would absolutely love it! I’ll have to make it for him one of these days

Cynthia Nicoletti February 27, 2017 - 8:11 am

I would love to try this. I am saving your recipe it sounds delicious. My children love tacos and this is a perfect recipe.

Agnes March 5, 2017 - 9:31 am

I have been hearing a lot about the instant pot, I think its time I get one. Looks yummy!

Alicia November 9, 2018 - 5:58 pm

Anyone make this with success? It burned on me within minutes and I even added extra liquid. I wasn’t too optimistic that it would work because I have had similar recipes fail with similar liquid amounts, but I was hopeful because I didn’t want to have to stand over the stove and cook this. Flavor was amazing, just wanting to get the liquid right to successfully cook this in the instant pot.


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