A delicious, nutrient packed dinner ready in just 14 minutes! 7 simple ingredients transform into this Instant Pot taco pasta that everyone is sure to love!
Why This Recipe Works
When it comes to cooking dinner I need something that is FAST. Pretty much anything over a 20 minute meal is just too much time and energy for me. This Instant Pot taco pasta more than fit's the bill being ready in just 14 minutes!
As a registered dietitian I know it's important to give our bodies the nutrients we need at mealtimes, but as a regular human I also want it to TASTE good! This recipe checks both of those boxes by providing a protein and veggie punch while transporting your tase buds to your favorite Mexican restaurant!
Here are the ingredients you'll want to gather for your taco pasta:
- Ground Beef. You can really use any ground meat here, like chicken or turkey. You could even use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken and skip the browning meat step all together!
- Pasta. You can use any shape of pasta here and it will work! Shells are what I had on hand so that is what I used.
- Taco Seasoning. I use store bought taco seasoning, but you can also sub 1 tbsp of homemade!
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.
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.
Once meat is cooked, add in your canned corn, black beans, and tomatoes.
Then, add in your water and uncooked pasta and slowly stir everything up.
Set your Instant Pot to pressure cook for 4 minutes.
Allow the Instant Pot to release pressure on it's own and let it stay warm until you are ready to eat it or put it into a container if meal prepping.
Yes! 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 sauté meat and add the remaining ingredients + cooked pasta and simmer for 5-10 minutes!
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!
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.
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!
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- 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)
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!
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