Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta is creamy, cheesy, and full of Tex-Mex flavor No need to precook the pasta. This easy recipe can be on the table in under 30 minutes.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 2 cups low sodium beef broth
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
- 8 ounces uncooked pasta shells
- 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
- 2 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
- sour cream, olives, red onion, cilantro for serving
Lightly spray the Instant Pot with cooking spray and set to "Saute" mode. When hot add the ground beef and onion. Break the meat apart with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
When meat is almost cooked through, add taco seasoning. Stir it in and continue to cook until the meat is cooked. Turn Instant Pot off.
Add beef broth and scrape the bottom of the pot to make sure nothing is stuck on the bottom.
Add salsa, green chilies, and pasta shells. Press pasta down in the liquid as much as you can. Place the lid on and set to "Pressure Cook" for 4 minutes.
Once time is up, open up the valve to release the pressure. Once the pin drops, remove the lid. Add shredded cheese and cream cheese and stir it in. Place lid back on for a minute or two to help melt the cheese.
Stir well and serve with toppings.
If you want your pasta extra meaty, use 1.5 pounds of ground beef.
I find 4 minutes of pressure cooking is perfect for al dente pasta. If you want your pasta softer, try 5 minutes.