This Instant Pot taco pasta is the easiest meal you’ll ever make! Just dump all of your ingredients into the pot, press a button, and you’re done! Such an easy weeknight meal and it’s perfect for meal prep!

Cooked instant pot taco pasta in a bowl

I’ll be honest with you, I’m not a big meal prep kinda gal. I’m much for of a meal planner. And, yes, there is a difference!

Meal prepping requires you to do things. Meal planning only requires you to think about doing them. See what I mean? Usually I think of 5, 20-minute meals that I can make during the week, but I leave all of the cooking/chopping/etc. to day of.

HOWEVER…. there is one exception to this and that is this Instant Pot taco past! I will gladly make a large batch of this and have it on hand for the week! So good. So easy. And so so nourishing! The registered dietitian in me loves it!

Instant pot taco pasta on a fork

Can An Instant Pot Cook Pasta?

Absolutely! I used to be wary of cooking pasta in the instant pot. I thought there was no way it would come out right, it would either be over or under cooked. And I’ll admit, when I was testing this recipe that happened as I was playing around with the cooking times but not anymore! With this recipe I cook my taco pasta in the Instant Pot perfectly. Every. Single. Time.

And the even better part? No having to worry about remembering to turn off the water and drain your pasta! The Instant Pot does it all for you. It also prevents me from having to clean up the yucky, starchy, boiled-over water from my stove. Which, let’s be real, happens pretty much every time.

Instant pot taco past side angle

What You Need To Make Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Here are the ingredients you’ll want to gather for your taco pasta

  • Ground meat (I like to use either ground beef or turkey)
  • a packet of taco seasoning
  • uncooked pasta
  • canned corn
  • canned black beans
  • canned tomatoes

ingredients for instant pot taco pasta

As for your supplies, you’ll want these:

  • an Instant Pot (that’s a given)
  • a can opener (If you don’t have an electric one- get yourself one!)
  • spatula

How To Make Taco Pasta In The Instant Pot

First up: Cooking the ground meat. For this you’ll want to set your Instant Pot to the sauté setting. Drizzle the bottom of the pot with olive oil, place your meat inside, and sprinkle it with the taco seasoning.

Browning meat for instant pot taco pasta

Cook while mixing it about with the spatula, getting a nice even browning, for ~3-5 minutes until just cooked. One finished, keep your meat in there and turn the sauté setting off.

Now, add in your canned corn, black beans, and tomatoes.

instant pot taco pasta without pasta

Then, add in your water and uncooked pasta and slowly stir everything up.

instant pot taco pasta ingredients in the instant pot

mixed up instant pot taco pasta

Set your Instant Pot to pressure cook for 4 minutes.

I allow my Instant Pot to release pressure on it’s own and let it stay warm until I’m ready to eat it or put it into a container if I’m meal prepping. That’s the beauty of this recipe!

Bitten bowl of instant pot taco pasta

Do You Have To Brown Meat Before Using An Instant Pot?

Yes, like I mentioned, you do need to brown your meat before dumping everything in.

Can You Make Taco Pasta With Chicken?

Sure! You can use either ground chicken or your can totally use pre-cooked, like shredded chicken or maybe rotisserie chicken (Lookin’ at you Costco!) Simply place the pre-cooked chicken into the Instant Pot when you add the canned veggies. You can also just stir in your taco seasoning before cooking.

Can You Make Taco Pasta in The Crockpot?

If you don’t have an instant pot you can make this in the crockpot or on the stove, too. For the crockpot, follow all of the same steps but cook on low for ~6-8 hours or high for ~3. For the stovetop simply cook your pasta, then sautee meat and add the remaining ingredients + cooked pasta and simmer for 5-10 minutes!

Can I Use Chickpea Pasta?

Yep! I’ve used chickpea pasta/lentil pasta/high protein pasta for this recipe and didn’t change a thing. The noodles still cooked perfectly!

Can You Make Vegan Instant Pot Pasta?

Totally! To make this recipe completely plant based I’d recommend adding an extra can of beans. You can use any beans you like, really. A nice pinto bean might go great, or you can use an additional black bean.

How Long Does Taco Pasta Stay Good?

I give my pasta about a week in the fridge. If it’s not going to be eaten in a week I’d recommend freezing it. This will keep for a few months this way! When you’re ready to eat it just thaw and heat! Totally freezer friendly!

What To Serve With Instant Pot Taco Pasta

This taco pasta can be a complete meal in itself- it’s got all of the good stuff our bodies love like carbs, fat, protein and veggies! But, here are a couple ways to serve your instant pot taco pasta:

  • along side some steamed broccoli (frozen, microwavable bags save my life!)
  • put it on top of a bed of shredded lettuce for a taco pasta salad! (I’m obsessed with this amazing salad chopper bowl to get it mixed up well!)
  • Inside of a tortilla or lettuce wrap (make your taco pasta a legit taco!)
  • Inside of an omelette for a southwest vibe

I’ve made this Instant Pot taco pasta recipe a million times, it’s so good! And I hope you love it as much as I do! Be sure to leave a star rating on the recipe card and a comment- I love hearing all of your feedback!

insanely easy instant pot taco pasta

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Happy eating!

XOXO

-Colleen

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instant pot taco pasta in a bowl

Insanely Easy Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

This Instant Pot taco pasta is the easiest meal you'll ever make! Just dump your ingredients into the pot, press a button, and you're done!

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground meet (I use beef or turkey usually)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 can of corn (drained)
  • 1 can of black beans (drained)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with chilis
  • 1 cup water or broth (I typically use water)
  • 6oz uncooked pasta (roughly 2 cups)

Instructions

First, set your Instant Pot to the saute setting. Drizzle olive oil into the pot and brown meat for 3-5 minutes. Add in the taco seasoning as you're cooking and mixing it up.

Turn your saute setting off and dump in your corn, black beans, tomatoes and water to the pot.

Add your uncooked pasta and stir it up!

Place the lid onto the Instant Pot, set to pressure cook, and cook for 4 minutes.

Allow your Instant Pot to naturally pressure release. When ready remove the top and enjoy!

Optional: Add cheese on top or mix it in before eating!

Notes

May use any type of ground meat.

To make this vegan replace meat with an extra can of beans (I recommend pinto)

You can also make this on the stove top. Simply brown meat and cook your pasta separately, according to package directions. Mix everything else together and heat!

For the crockpot, follow the same directions (cook meat before on the stove) and cook on low for ~6 hours and high for ~3.

May use regular, whole wheat or chickpea pasta.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 773mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 34g