Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Everybody loves tacos! And who doesn't like pasta!? Combine these two together and they create this tasty, meaty, delicious Instant Pot Taco Pasta recipe.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta is a family-friendly, super tasty meal and requires very little cooking time and only ingredients you probably already have! Did we mention it’s also a one-pot meal ready in less than 10 minutes?! You’ve simply got to try this.

Why This Recipe Works

This recipe is the perfect pantry meal. It doesn’t require any fresh produce, so it’s great to make when you haven’t been to the store in a while.

The tomato sauce and beef broth form the base of a sauce that is then seasoned with taco seasoning. When you add the shredded cheddar cheese, it becomes a super flavorful, meaty, savory cheese sauce for the macaroni. It’s so creamy and comforting, you’ll want to make it again and again!

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Olive oil – you can also use vegetable oil, or any neutral oil you have on hand.

Pasta - I'm using pipe rigate for this recipe. You can use macaroni or any small pasta you have.

Ground beef – I prefer to use a lean ground beef around 93% but any type will work. If using frozen beef, you should defrost it first.

Tomato sauce – just a small can of unseasoned tomato sauce is perfect. If you only have marinara, you could use that instead.

Rosemary – fresh or dried rosemary both work in this Instant Pot Taco Pasta recipe, or you can omit it if you don’t have it.

Taco seasoning – you can substitute a blend of chili powder, paprika, garlic and onion powder, and whatever other spices you like.

Beef broth – I would use unsalted to better control the saltiness of the dish. If you don’t have beef broth, you can use any other type of broth or water.

Cheddar cheese –a Mexican cheese blend also works well. I prefer to grate the cheddar myself rather than buying pre-grated because it melts better and makes for a creamier sauce.

How to Make

First of all, get an Instant Pot and gather all the ingredients.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Put the ground beef into the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

"Sauté" for a few minutes until brown.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Now add tomato sauce and beef broth.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

And Taco seasoning.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Add rosemary and pasta.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.

Do a quick pressure release.

Grate some cheddar cheese.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Add the shredded cheese with all other ingredients into Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Saute for a minute so that all of the ingredients get mixed completely.

Dish out the cooked Taco Pasta and enjoy a delicious meal!

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe is so adaptable!! Try adding some black beans or red beans.
  • I'm using pipe rigate for this taco pasta recipe. Any type of short pasta works well in this dish. Try it with penne or rigatoni. Anything with ridges or holes is great because it holds the yummy sauce in better 🙂
  • If you’re not the biggest fan of beef, you can choose to make this dish using chicken, or even leaving the meat out altogether! If you go with ground or shredded chicken, I would use chicken broth instead of beef to complement the flavor of the meat

How to Serve

This dish is ready to be served as is! Since it doesn’t contain much in the way of vegetables, I like to serve it with a side salad for a complete balanced meal.


Why choose Instant Pot?

One of the main benefits of cooking pasta in the Instant Pot is you don’t have to wait for water to boil and then drain it. The pasta water becomes the base of the sauce, which makes the pasta more flavorful and adds a little starch to the sauce to thicken up, so it’s a win-win.

How to avoid splatters?

Provide the pot with 5 minutes of natural release. This will take care of the extreme pressure inside the pot so that whatever steam is left after the 5 minutes will not be as intense.

Also, just to make sure, toss the kitchen towel over the vent while releasing the leftover steam and your counter will be entirely spotless – no splatters at all.

Can I double the amount of pasta?

Sure! You can add 8 oz of pasta instead of 4 oz. If you do that, add 2 cups of beef broth. Cooking time stays the same (5 minutes on high pressure and then a quick release).

More Quick & Easy One-Pot Meals

If you liked this recipe, try these delicious Instant Pot recipes too!

Instant Pot Pizza Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

Instant Pot Hamburger Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Chicken and rice

If you like tacos, check out this Instant Pot taco soup or this Instant Pot Chicken Tacos.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

This tasty pasta is loaded with bold cheesy flavors.
4.75 from 12 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef, Taco Pasta
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ lb ground beef lean
  • 4 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 oz taco seasoning
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 oz pipe rigate or macaroni
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese shredded


  • Add oil to the Instant Pot and select “Saute”.
  • Saute beef for 3-4 minutes until brown.
  • Add tomato sauce, beef broth, taco seasoning, rosemary and pasta.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid, add cheese on top and sauté for 1 minute until it melts.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 569kcal Carbohydrates: 12g Protein: 32g Fat: 44g Saturated Fat: 19g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 125mg Sodium: 2226mg Potassium: 600mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 5g Vitamin A: 2000IU Vitamin C: 10mg Calcium: 341mg Iron: 4mg


Tasty Instant Pot Taco Pasta


6 thoughts on “Instant Pot Taco Pasta

    1. I usually weigh it on a kitchen scale. But if you don't have one, you can estimate about 1/4 of the box (if it's a 1 lb. box of pasta)

    1. I typically don't, especially since I'm using lean ground beef. And keeping a little bit of the fat adds good flavor. But it's up to you if you want to!

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