Instant Pot Queso Mac & Cheese With Taco Meatballs Recipe

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Instant Pot Queso Mac & Cheese With Taco Meatballs – Creamy mac & cheese and meatballs with a Mexican flavor, made in one-pot without heating up the house.

Instant Pot Queso Mac & Cheese With Taco Meatballs Recipe From Val's Kitchen

We love cheesy noodles. The cheesier the better. I thought it would be fun to put together a creamy, smooth mac and cheese with a little bit of Mexican flavor – Instant Pot Queso Mac & Cheese With Taco Meatballs. I used the Instant Pot in order to make the dish a one-pot meal that wouldn’t heat up the house during cooking since it was already in the 90s. I flavored the meatballs with taco seasoning. I used the mild because that’s what I prefer but you could easily use a medium or even hot taco seasoning. I used Velveeta to ensure the cheese was smooth and creamy and I added a small amount of shredded taco cheese to it in order to add a hint of flavor to the cheese. Hubby absolutely loved the dish and had 2 big bowls on the first night. We all considered this recipe a keeper and we’ll definitely be having it again. Here’s how I make it.

Instant Pot Queso Mac & Cheese With Taco Meatballs

Equipment Needed

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  • Instant Pot (I used the 6 qt model)
  • large mixing bowl
  • silicone cooking spoon
  • measuring cups

Pyrex Smart Essentials 4-Quart Glass Mixing BowlPyrex Smart Essentials 4-Quart Glass Mixing BowlPyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup SetPyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup SetStarPack 13.5in XL Size Silicone Serving SpoonStarPack 13.5in XL Size Silicone Serving SpoonInstant Pot 6Qt Multi-use Programmable Pressure CookerInstant Pot 6Qt Multi-use Programmable Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1.25 lbs ground beef
  • 1x 1.25 oz packet taco seasoning (I used mild)
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni (I used the large elbows)
  • 1x 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 8 oz Velveeta cheese, cut into chunks
  • 4 oz shredded taco cheese

Instant Pot Queso Mac & Cheese With Taco Meatballs Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Place ground beef and taco seasoning into a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly.

Form meatballs. Depending on the size you roll them, you should have between 12-18 meatballs.

Select the saute button and brown the meatballs.

Once the meatballs are browned on all sides remove them and set them aside.

Add the beef broth to the pot and use a silicone spoon to “scrape” the bottom to deglaze the pot.

Add the pasta into the pot and cover as much as possible.

Add the meatballs back into the pot.

Add the can of undrained tomatoes into the pot. Be sure no pasta is showing anywhere.

Set the Instant Pot to cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes. (If you prefer your pasta al dente then only cook for 5 minutes.)

Once Instant Pot has finished cooking, do a quick pressure release.

Add 8 oz of Velveeta cheese to the pot and stir continually until it’s melted.

Add the 4 oz shredded taxo cheese to the pot and stir continually until it’s melted.

Serve immediately.

Instant Pot Queso Mac & Cheese With Taco Meatballs Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instant Pot Queso Mac & Cheese With Taco Meatballs

Instant Pot Queso Mac & Cheese With Taco Meatballs Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Place ground beef and taco seasoning into a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. Form meatballs. Depending on the size you roll them, you should have between 12-18 meatballs. Select the saute button and brown the meatballs. Once the meatballs are browned on all sides remove them and set them aside. Add the beef broth to the pot and use a silicone spoon to "scrape" the bottom to deglaze the pot. Add the pasta into the pot and cover as much as possible. Add the meatballs back into the pot. Add the can of undrained tomatoes into the pot. Be sure no pasta is showing anywhere. Set the Instant Pot to cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes. (If you prefer your pasta al dente then only cook for 5 minutes.) Once Instant Pot has finished cooking, do a quick pressure release. Add 8 oz of Velveeta cheese to the pot and stir continually until it's melted. Add the 4 oz shredded taxo cheese to the pot and stir continually until it's melted. Serve immediately.

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    19 comments

    candy July 28, 2017 - 10:03 am

    We enjoy our meatballs and I always have some handy in the freezer. Mac and cheese is just all american and combining the two would be a wonderful delicious meal.

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    pat. July 28, 2017 - 10:11 am

    Love any recipe that I can make in double portion–one for dinner and ythe other for the freezer night when I don’t cook.

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    Paula Bendfeldt July 28, 2017 - 10:30 am

    Oh my, taco seasoning and mac and cheese is a delicious combination of flavors. Thank you for sharing this InstaPot Recipe.

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    Tomi July 28, 2017 - 10:40 am

    I am so going to have to invest in an InstaPot. I am seeing so many great recipes using them. Oh and loving the easy meatball idea. I never thought of using taco seasoning to make meatballs and am so trying this.

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    Amber Myers July 28, 2017 - 2:46 pm

    Mmmm, I do have an Instant Pot, so I’ll be giving this a try soon. This looks so tasty! I love anything with queso.

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    Lori Vachon July 28, 2017 - 3:40 pm

    My pressure cooker is sitting on my counter waiting to be used, been a few weeks since I’ve cooked in it. I love this recipe, my family would really enjoy this!

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    Kim July 28, 2017 - 3:56 pm

    I have to stop reading these recipe posts when I’m hungry because my stomach is growling. I have seen so many Instant Pot recipes, have to look into getting one of those.

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    Lori Bosworth July 28, 2017 - 7:13 pm

    I love the addition of taco meatballs to mac ‘n’ cheese! That’s another great recipe for the Instant Pot!

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    Jenny July 29, 2017 - 2:42 am

    An interesting take on Mac and Cheese. I’ll have to give it a try since it’s my daughters favorite meal side.

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    Sheri July 29, 2017 - 4:32 am

    Looks so amazing. I would like to try this. I have an instant pot which I hardly use, so now I have a reason to get it out again.

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    Nancy L. July 29, 2017 - 10:47 am

    I’ll admit, I’ve never tried an Instant Pot pressure cooker before and wasn’t sure how I would use one. This recipe is amazing and I’m always looking for a quick meal that looks like I’ve slaved hours by the stove. I will definitely be purchasing an instant pot and trying this recipe!

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    Kita Bryant July 29, 2017 - 2:53 pm

    I am SO in need of an instant pot. Recipes like this pop up for it and I scold myself for not having one.

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    Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen July 29, 2017 - 3:22 pm

    What a great combination! This sounds really good, and I think I’m missing out since we don’t have an instant pot. I really need to break down and buy one.

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    Donna Ward July 29, 2017 - 8:03 pm

    This really is an Instant Pot Queso Mac & Cheese With Taco Meatballs recipe that looks and sounds so yummy – my guys would love it!!

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    Sandy N Vyjay July 29, 2017 - 11:35 pm

    This sounds like a yummy recipe. Only thing is I would substitute the meat with vegetarian ingredients, like potato.

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    Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh July 30, 2017 - 12:25 am

    Ok, so every time I run across a recipe for the Instant Pot, I’m reminded that I need to order one. This recipe sounds like something that my family would love!

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    Mimi Green July 30, 2017 - 8:51 am

    I’ve got to get me an instant pot. It sounds so magical. We love taco seasoning, this might be a winner in my home.

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    Christine Boulware July 30, 2017 - 12:01 pm

    I love Queso! I don’t have the pot, I’m hoping I can improvise? And, I love the idea of these ingredients as Queso…in the past its just been cheese and jalapeno peppers…this is a welcome change!

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    Eloise July 30, 2017 - 1:10 pm

    holy yum yum that looks great! I would love this for lunch today… super cheesy and tasty! I’ll give this a shot this week, my kids I’m sure will devour it ; )

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