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!
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:
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!
- Avocado or guacamole
- Fresh tomatoes
- Green onions
- More cheese
- Sour cream
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.
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.
- 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
- Put your IP on saute.
- Place ground beef and cook about 1-2 minutes until you just crumble the meat
- Add taco seasoning
- Add salsa and black beans
- Pour uncooked pasta and 3 cups water.
- Manual High Pressure for 4 minutes. do a quick release.
- Stir in cheese
- 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.
- Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 687 Total Fat: 39g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 20g Cholesterol: 86mg Sodium: 1270mg Carbohydrates: 54g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 3g Protein: 32g