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Instant Pot Taco Meat Recipe — Spice Up Taco Tuesday!

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Is Taco Tuesday a standard in your home, like it is at mine? Tacos are delicious, don't get me wrong, but it can get boring using the same old fillings again and again. Luckily, it's easy to spice things up with this delicious Instant Pot Taco Meat recipe

Thanks to the zesty flavors of onion powder, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, dried oregano and cayenne pepper, Instant Pot Taco Meat will become your new go-to taco meat recipe!

Instant Pot Taco Meat on a baked potato topped with cheese, cilantro and tomatoes

Since it's cooked in my absolute favorite kitchen gadget, the Instant Pot, the meat stays moist and doesn't dry out or get over cooked like it sometimes does when you brown it on the stove.

And, this recipe is so quick and easy to make; simply brown the meat in the Instant Pot, add in the seasonings, set it, and walk away. Start to finish, it's ready in just 20 minutes!

Is Instant Pot Taco Meat Good For You?

Yes! One serving of this taco meat has 110 calories, 2.7 grams of fat, 1.6 grams of carbs and 18.9 grams of protein. 

Plus, this recipe is so versatile! You can easily adjust the flavors and spices to suit your personal preferences and make it even more scrumptious.

What Do I Do With Leftovers?

If you've got leftover taco meat you can store it in the fridge for 2-3 days.  It will also keep for up to 3 months in your freezer.

One Tip for Cleaning Your Instant Pot

While cooking in the Instant Pot is quick and easy, it can sometimes leave behind stubborn stains and build-up.

Sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend in the bottom of the pot, add a touch of water, and give it a scrub with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. This simple combination really does work wonders!

What to Serve with Instant Pot Taco Meat

For the quintessential Taco Tuesday meal, you've got to include the traditional sides of rice and beans. Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Rice is one of my absolute favorites, because it's full of fresh cilantro and lime flavors!

And, this recipe for Instant Pot Refried Beans is not only so easy to make, it's also healthy and delicious.

Or, for something a bit different, why not think outside the taco shell and serve this Instant Pot Taco Meat over Baked Potatoes! If you haven't tried this before, it just might become you new favorite!

How to Make Instant Pot Taco Meat Step by Step

Step #1: Using the sauté mode, brown ground beef in the Instant Pot. Drain the grease, and then add the remaining ingredients.

Cooked Taco Meat in an Instant Pot sitting next to a plate of spices

Step #2: Next, close the lid on the pressure cooker and turn the valve to sealing position.

Step #3: Set to a manual high time for 10 minutes. When the cooking time has finished, do a quick release.

A hand pouring a cup of water into an Instant Pot filled with Instant Pot Taco Meat

Step #4: Remove the lid and then serve!

Cooked Instant Pot Taco Meat with sprigs of cilantro in it


Instant Pot Taco Meat on a baked potato topped with cheese, cilantro and tomatoes

More Delicious Instant Pot Recipes

If you love this Instant Pot Taco Meat recipe, then check out these other Instant Pot favorites:

Instant Pot Cajun Sausage and Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Tomato Chicken Penne Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Curry


Yield: 6-8 Servings

Instant Pot Taco Meat Recipe — Spice Up Taco Tuesday!

instant pot taco meat on baked potato

Preparing perfect tacos is fun and with delicious results, this is due to the combination of flavors and textures that decorate any table when decorating the tortilla. But the main ingredient is meat. Surprise everyone with this flavor blend and spice up Taco Tuesday with this quick, easy and delicious Instant Pot Taco Meat Recipe!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  1. Using sauté mode, brown ground beef in the Instant Pot. Drain grease and then add the remaining ingredients.
  2. Close the lid on the pressure cooker and turn the valve to sealing position.
  3. Set to a manual high time for 10 minutes. When the cooking time has finished, do a quick release.
  4. Remove the lid and serve.


Suggestions for perfect tacos:

  • Choose the right tortilla. Personally, the homemade ones are the best. Otherwise, the corn tortillas from the supermarket should suffice. Now, if you are looking for flexibility in the tortillas and you choose to add a lot of cheese, the most commercial ones with wheat flour are perfect and delicious.
  • Don't neglect the sauce. A taco is not a taco without a bit of action when seasoning them, and the secret is in their sauces. In addition to the traditional tomato sauces, you can include a fresh herb sauce, such as green chimichurri.
  • Seal your preparation successfully using toppings or toppings such as feta cheese, chunks of fresh cheese or shredded cheddar cheese, pickled onions, sliced radish for a more plant-based texture, spicy notes, and shredded cabbage, avocado cream, or sour cream.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 318Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 101mgSodium 660mgCarbohydrates 2gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 0gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 31g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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  1. I love this recipe. Thanks so much! The only change I make is substituting beef broth for the water

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