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Instant Pot Taco Pasta

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This kid-friendly Instant Pot Taco Pasta is ready in a matter of minutes! It tastes delicious topped with tortilla chips.

Kid-Friendly Meal

We all want easy weeknight dinners. Ones without fussing and complaining about what’s sitting in front of them. There are so many delicious and kid-friendly meals to make in the Instant Pot and this Instant Pot Taco Pasta is definitely one of them!

Instant Pot taco pasta made with rotini noodles, red peppers, and super sweet corn.

Pasta in the Instant Pot

Making pasta in the Instant Pot can be a bit intimidating but it’s really not that difficult! Once the basics are learned you will have Instant Pot pasta success!

Here are a few tricks to having success:

Instant Pot taco pasta made with rotini noodles, red peppers, and super sweet corn.
  • Submerge the pasta completely underwater
  • Stagger the pasta pieces so that they don’t stick together (especially helpful for spaghetti noodles)
  • Pressure cook the pasta for half the time it takes on the stovetop minus 1 minute.

It’s important to know that the pasta must be submerged in the liquid or the pasta will not cook properly and will come out hard.

A bowl of taco pasta with a side of tortilla scoops.

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Make it a 6 Ingredient Meal

This recipe gets even easier if you don’t mind using a taco seasoning packet. By skipping the dry spices in the ingredient list and replacing it with a seasoning packet, the whole meal only takes 6 ingredients to make.

If you’re in a rush or don’t have the extra spices on hand – grab a seasoning packet and throw it in!

 A serving of taco pasta with tortilla scoops on the side.

Serve with Tortilla Chips

I serve this Instant Pot Taco Pasta with tortilla chips. Either crushing the chips up and topping the pasta with them or using scoop tortilla chips and dipping them in the meal – it’s good! It adds a nice crunch to the deliciously cheesy bite!

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Saute Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

This kid-friendly Instant Pot Taco Pasta is ready in a matter of minutes! It tastes delicious topped with tortilla chips.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz rotini pasta
  • 3 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • Sweet red peppers, diced
  • 10 oz super sweet corn
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE and brown the beef. Drain if necessary.
  2. Add the taco seasonings (may substitute for a seasoning packet if preferred).
  3. Dice and add the red pepper.
  4. Pour in the rotini pasta and top with the 3 1/2 cups of beef broth.
  5. Make sure to submerge the pasta completely.
  6. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes.
  7. Very slowly and Intermittently release the pressure. Make sure that the vent is away from faces.
  8. Once the lid is removed, stir in the 8 ozs of cheese, milk, and super sweet corn.
  9. Serve with tortilla chips if desired.

Notes

You may substitute the seasonings for a taco seasoning packet if desired. Omit, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, salt, black pepper, paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, and oregano.



Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 935mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 29g

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Emily

Friday 15th of May 2020

When do we add the milk?

Dana

Sunday 17th of May 2020

Hi Emily!

I updated the recipe to share that the milk is added with the cheese.

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