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Instant Pot Taco Mac is easy to make. The recipe calls for 5 ingredients and you easily boost the flavor by adding spicier seasoning or hot sauce. Using a pressure cooker saves on work and doesn’t heat up the house.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Taco Mac Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Some of hubby’s favorite meals that I make have been ones with taco flavoring. I was looking trying to figure out what to do with some ground beef recently and realized I could easily make a new dish for him. I realized I had five things that would go well together and that’s how Taco Mac came to be. Being a summer day over 90 degrees I knew I was going to use an electric pressure cooker to make it, because that does a lot of the work for you in one pot and doesn’t heat up the house. Pressure Cooker Taco Mac is easy to make, and is sort of a blend of a goulash and mac and cheese. I make it on the mild side, but you can easily boost the flavor level by adding taco seasoning with more heat or even adding a dash of hot sauce. Hubby and my oldest really enjoy the dish. Here’s how I made it.

Instant Pot Taco Mac

Equipment Needed

  • Electric Pressure Cooker (I used a 6 qt Instant Pot)
  • silicone cooking spoon
  • measuring cups

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Ingredients

  • 1.25 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb small pasta (I used ditalini)
  • 4 cups water
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes seasoned with garlic and oregano
  • 2x 1 oz packets taco seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded taco cheese

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Taco Mac Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Place the ground beef into the pot of the pressure cooker.

Set the cooker to saute and brown the ground beef.

Once the ground beef is browned, add in the water, pasta, seasoning and tomatoes.

Stir the contents of the pot well and be sure that the pasta is completely covered.

Place the lid on the pot and set the vent to the “sealed” position.

Set the pressure cooker to cook for 5 minutes on the manual high pressure setting.

Once the cooking cycle has finished, do a quick pressure release.

Add the shredded cheese into the pot and stir well until all cheese is melted.

Serve immediately.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Taco Mac Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instant Pot Taco Mac

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Taco Mac Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Place the ground beef into the pot of the pressure cooker. Set the cooker to saute and brown the ground beef. Once the ground beef is browned, add in the water, pasta, seasoning and tomatoes. Stir the contents of the pot well and be sure that the pasta is completely covered. Place the lid on the pot and set the vent to the "sealed" position. Set the pressure cooker to cook for 5 minutes on the manual high pressure setting. Once the cooking cycle has finished, do a quick pressure release. Add the shredded cheese into the pot and stir well until all cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

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    21 comments

    Alli Smith August 28, 2017 - 9:21 am

    I love the taco twist you put on this dish! The melted cheese on top is calling my name. I’d love to recreate your recipe for my family.

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    Jeanette August 28, 2017 - 9:36 am

    I have an instant pot and I am actually extremely excited to try this. It is going to taste delicious and I cannot wait to eat it.

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    candy August 28, 2017 - 9:57 am

    This looks delicious. Don’t own an instant pot so will have to make this the old fashion way, which is okay with me.

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    Tomi August 28, 2017 - 10:41 am

    I so need to just go ahead and buy an Instant Pot. I am seeing so many tasty recipes. This sounds like a great Friday night family meal.

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    pat. August 28, 2017 - 10:45 am

    Makes me think how to spice up without getting hot, hot, hot–maybe fresh minced garlic and onions.

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    Jennifer August 28, 2017 - 11:16 am

    Now I really have to run out and get an instant pot!! This recipe looks amazing, and I know my husband and my oldest son will LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Dani August 28, 2017 - 12:10 pm

    This sounds really delicious, especially with the cheese topping

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    Amber Myers August 28, 2017 - 2:56 pm

    Mmm, this looks so tasty. I’ve always enjoyed taco mac. I need to try and make it in my Instant Pot now!

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    Lisa August 28, 2017 - 3:24 pm

    Yum. I still need to actually break down and buy an Instant Post. This looks like a great recipe to try.

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    Liz Mays August 28, 2017 - 4:19 pm

    Oh this is sounding really good and it’s nice that you can use a pressure cooker! I think I’d like mine with plenty of heat!

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    Jolina August 28, 2017 - 5:14 pm

    This looks so good! I love mac and cheese and all the limitless variations you can have with them! We don’t own a pressure cooker though. This really makes me want to buy one!!

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    Our Family World August 28, 2017 - 6:02 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. This look like heaven in a dish. Now you got me confused. Should we have this for Taco Tuesdays or Pizza/Pasta Fridays? I think we’ll have it on Tuesday and on Friday again. 🙂

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    Sarah Honey August 28, 2017 - 6:05 pm

    This looks fantastic for a quick and easy dinner! My son would love it for sure!

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    Jaime Nicole August 28, 2017 - 7:39 pm

    Mmm, this looks SO tasty! And of course I’m a huge fan of anything that is in the Instapot – it makes dinner SO EASY!

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    Pam August 28, 2017 - 8:39 pm

    I love taco mac! It sounds like it is so easy to prepare it in the instant pot. What a great and quick meal.

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    Sandy N Vyjay August 29, 2017 - 2:21 am

    Tacos are something we all love. This looks like a spectacular preparation and quick and simple to cook too.

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    Melanie Smith August 29, 2017 - 2:13 pm

    I have to try this! This looks like a great idea for a meal! It makes me hungry!!

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    Eloise August 29, 2017 - 3:28 pm

    I bet my kids would LOVE this for a dinner during this week… I’ll have to make a list and go to the grocery store so that I can cook this up for tomorrows dinner… thanks!

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    Kita Bryant August 29, 2017 - 3:36 pm

    Where has this been all my life? This looks so tasty!

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    Amanda August 29, 2017 - 6:59 pm

    I really need to invest in an Instant Pot. It seems like it is the exact tool I need in order to save time this school year!

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    Paula schuck August 30, 2017 - 12:12 am

    I’m always looking for pressure cooker recipes! This one sounds amazing. I think my family would love this taco dish. Looks great too.

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