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Instant Pot Taco Meat

from kristineskitchenblog.com
Cook this Instant Pot Taco Meat from fresh or frozen ground beef for a quick meal. So flavorful, and perfect for a family dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 5
Calories: 174kcal


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound ground beef* frozen or thawed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder for slightly spicy, use 2 teaspoons for mild taco meat
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • For serving: soft tortillas or crunchy taco shells, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, etc.


  • Put 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot. Place the metal trivet in the pot and put the ground beef (frozen or thawed) on top of the trivet.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position. Set the pressure cook time to 20 minutes at high pressure for frozen ground beef, or 15 minutes at high pressure for thawed ground beef.
  • The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to reach pressure and then the cook time will begin counting down. When the cook time ends, immediately quick release the pressure by carefully turning the steam release valve to the venting position. Once all of the steam has escaped and the pin drops down, open the Instant Pot lid.
  • Remove the beef to a clean plate. Remove the trivet and wash out the Instant Pot inner pot. Dry the inner pot well and return it to the Instant Pot base.
  • Put the ground beef in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Turn on the saute function and cook the beef, crumbling it with a spoon, until it is mostly browned. Add the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, salt, pepper, tomato sauce and ½ cup water to the pot. Cook on saute, stirring often, until the meat is fully cooked and most of the liquid is gone. Turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Serve taco meat in tortillas or taco shells, with toppings as desired.


  • You can also use ground turkey in this recipe.
  • You can double this recipe to feed more people. Lay two 1-pound flats of ground beef side by side on top of the trivet. Keep the pressure cooking time the same, with 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pot. Double the amounts of the remaining ingredients.
  • Nutrition information is for taco meat only, not including taco shells or toppings.


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 411mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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