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Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

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This Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta took me just a total of 10 minutes to make. This Instant Pot cheesy taco pasta is a stellar dish that combines my love for pasta and Mexican all in one.

You get al dente pasta, ground beef, taco seasonings, black beans and lots of cheese, all topped with crunchy Doritos or Corn chips.

Easy Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Switch up your Taco Tuesday meal with this cheesy taco pasta and watch your family go crazy over it. Flavorful, quick and easy, and made in your Instant Pot for minimal clean up required. Grab that Instant Pot and ingredients needed and get to cooking, you can thank me later!

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Cheesy Taco Pasta Is Addictive

*** Warning**** This dish is highly addicting and not on any diet plan. Tonight I was in the mood for tacos why not break out the Instant Pot and make Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta.  

Last time I made Fire Hot Instant Pot Taco Bowl it was such a huge hit I wanted to try a pasta taco dish. In 4 minutes I had a cheesy taco dish. This Instant pot completely amazes me I don’t know how I went so long without one.

What Pasta Do You Use for Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

I reach for a smaller pasta. Rotini, elbow or even medium shells works. You just want a shorter pasta vs long like spaghetti or angel hair.

You can use what you have on hand, all smaller pasta will cook up nicely in the taco pasta recipe.

Make your own Taco Seasonings: 

Homemade Taco Seasonings

Toppings for Cheesy Taco Pasta

This is where it gets fun! Add in your favorite taco toppings to create layers of flavor. Here are some toppings to consider adding!


  • Lettuce
  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • More cheese
  • Corn
  • Olives
  • Sour cream
  • Etc

If you have your favorite taco toppings, just reach for them! I have even drizzled ranch dressing over the top like I would my taco salads!

Can You Use Homemade Taco Seasoning for Taco Pasta

Absolutely! Just add in whatever is equivalent to around two tablespoons of pre-made packet seasoning.

I have used homemade taco seasoning before when I didn’t have a packet anc it turned out fantastic.


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Can You Substitute for The Ground Beef In Taco Pasta

You are welcome to use ground turkey or ground chicken to replace the ground beef in the recipe. You might need to add a drizzle of olive oil to add so it doesn’t stick when sautéing it up.

How Fast Does Instant Pot Taco Pasta Cook

After you sauté your meat and then toss in your pasta it takes just 4 minutes to cook.

Now, you have to remember that with any recipe the Instant Pot needs to come to pressure before it begins cooking. Pressurizing varies but can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on your pot and the recipe.

How to Store Leftover Taco Pasta

Simply let you Pasta cool slightly and then place in airtight containers and toss in the fridge. You can store your pasta for up to three days.


This is wonderful for meal prepping for lunches for a few days or even quick dinners. I place some taco pasta in single serve containers. Then in another bowl I add in my favorite toppings. This will keep items like lettuce crisp. Then heat up your pasta mix and then add on your toppings.


Looking to make this recipe in a One-Pan Stove Top Version? 

Check out my One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe.

Healthier Version of Taco

Check out my Zucchini Boat Taco casserole.





instant Pot Taco Salad


instant Pot Taco Salad

Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Switch up your Taco Tuesday meal with this cheesy taco pasta and watch your family go crazy over it. Flavorful, quick and easy, and made in your Instant Pot for minimal clean up required. 


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 16 oz salsa
  • 16 oz pasta
  • 16 oz can black beans
  • 2 cups Fritos
  • 16 oz cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups water
  • sour cream to top
  • 4 oz cherry tomatoes


  1. Put your IP on saute.
  2. Place ground beef and cook about 1-2 minutes until you just crumble the meat
  3. Add taco seasoning 
  4. Add salsa and black beans
  5. Pour uncooked pasta and 3 cups water.
  6. Manual High Pressure for 4 minutes. do a quick release.
  7. Stir in cheese
  8. Top with Fritos or Doritos, and sour cream 


I used a large bowl and layered the bottom with Fritos, pasta, topped with cheese, olives, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and green onions. Repeat layer till pasta is gone top with sour cream and more salsa.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 687Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 1270mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 32g

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  1. Thanks So Much for Sharing this Awesome Recipe for Cheesy Taco Pasta, It Sounds Delicious! I Love this Recipe b/c it Combines 3 of My Favorite Things: Mexican Food from the Taco, Italian Food from the Pasta, & My Favorite Part the CHEESE! I Also Love How Easy this Recipe is to Make b/c I’m Know Martha Stewart or Anything! Thanks Again for Sharing this Yummy Recipe with Us, Have a Blessed Day My Friend! – Jana

  2. Oh my goodness! I made this last night for the family and it was so good! My 7 year old son had two helpings, came down after bed and wanted more and then wanted to take some for lunch today. I used ground chicken instead of beef and refried beans instead of black beans so my kids wouldn’t notice them (they can be a bit picky). I found some “healthier” dorito type chips on sale (paqui nacho cheese chips) too so I tried those. I’m sure it would be just as good without all the changes but I guess I was trying to make it just a tad healthier to assuage my mom guilt LOL! Couldn’t have been easier to make though!

  3. Sounds delish! Do you cook the meat all the way through before adding the salsa, beans, pasta & water? Can’t wait to try this ?

  4. Followed the recipe exactly and got the burn notice. Cleaned it out, put a little more liquid in and tried again and got burn again. Any idea what happened? I just let it sit with the burn on for a few minutes because I figured it was cooking at least… We ate it anyway, but there was a lot of burnt mess to clean up.

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