Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta – Mexican flavors meets Italian pasta. Start with ground beef, sprinkle in some taco seasoning with pasta shells, salsa and cheese of course. This taco packed pasta dish is cheesy, easy, and family pleasing.

 

Who doesn’t love a good chili mac n cheese? This is a taco flavored spin off on the dish. Creating meals for the family that are quick is key to busy weeknights. My family loves tacos, Mexican food and pasta! What about yours?

Well, I have to backtrack here on this statement. My two boys (hubby and son) do not like Mexican Food and nor Italian food “OUT”.  I must have failed miserably as a wife and mother, cause Mexican and Italian food are MY FAVS, other than a juicy RIBEYE, and I L-O-V-E  love (can you Bear in the Big Blue House singing) to go out for a good meal!

At least I have my daughter on my side. Just too bad she had to move away and go to college, (How DARE SHE)!

Since I really cannot figure them out {SIGH} I decided to try to make something at home they will enjoy! This one takes the cake!

This can be made on the stove top as well. See Recipe Notes for instructions.

Ingredients needed for Cheesy Taco Pasta

  • Ground Beef
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Water
  • Pasta Shells (Medium Size)
  • Salsa
  • Mexican Blend Cheese

How to make Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta (Pressure Cooker Recipe)

Step 1.  Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE. Cook ground beef until no longer pink.  Break up with a wooden spatula. Once cooked, add in taco seasoning, salt, pepper, and mix well.

Step 2.  Pour in water.

 

Then add pasta and salsa. Do not mix up.

Step 3.  Close lid and make sure vent is closed. Set Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 4 minutes.

Step 4.  Once cooking finishes, manual release. Open lid and pour in cheese and mix well. Let cheese melt in and give another stir if needed.

Step 5. Top with your favorite taco toppings if desired.

 

This one is really fun and fast to whip up! I love to put out all the taco toppings and let everyone build their own masterpiece. And make sure to add extra cilantro for me!

Go ahead and spill!! What are your favorite taco toppings?

 

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Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Nikki - Soulfully Made
Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta - Mexican flavors meets Italian pasta. Start with ground beef, sprinkle in some taco seasoning with pasta shells, salsa and cheese of course. This taco packed pasta dish is cheesy, easy, and family pleasing. 
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb pasta shells, medium uncooked
  • 1 jar salsa (15.5 ounce)
  • 2 cups Mexican or Taco Blend Cheese, Shredded

Instructions

  1. Set the {6 Quart} Instant Pot to SAUTE. Cook ground beef until no longer pink.  Break up with a wooden spatula. Once cooked, add in taco seasoning, salt, pepper, and mix well.
  2. Pour in water, pasta, and salsa. Do not mix up.
  3. Close lid and make sure vent is closed. Set Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 4 minutes.
  4. Once cooking finishes, manual release. Open lid and pour in cheese and mix well. Let cheese melt in and give another stir if needed.
  5. Top with your favorite taco toppings if desired.

Recipe Notes

STOVE TOP INSTRUCTIONS:Cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions and drain.In a deep skillet or pot cook ground beef until done and no longer pink. Add in taco seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add in pasta, salsa and enough water to combine (about 1 cup) if needed.  Pour in cheese and mix until combined. Serve.

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