This Instant Pot Taco Pasta is a quick and delicious dinner the entire family will love! Gluten free, dairy free, and uses minimal ingredients. 

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Nothing beats an easy, stress-free meal made in the Instant Pot on a busy weeknight! This Instant Pot Taco Pasta is kid friendly (just cut back on the chili powder, if desired), and I bet it will be a crowd pleaser with even the pickiest of eaters! Cooking pasta in the Instant Pot can be very hit or miss. I’ve included a special formula below, which yields the perfect al dente pasta, every time. This meal only requires one pot, so you don’t have multiple dishes to do at the end of the night.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta on a white bowl with fork

What You Need To Make This Instant Pot Taco Pasta

I prefer to make this using Jovial Foods Gluten Free Fusilli. This can be found at many stores (here is a store locator!), or you can get it on Thrive Market! Click here to get 20% off your first Thrive order, plus a free gift! You can use any pasta, just make sure to use the equation for cooking times listed below.

In addition, you’ll also need:

Olive oil or avocado oil

Ground beef (you can also sub ground turkey or ground chicken)

Onion

Can of diced green chiles

Tomato paste

Can of diced tomatoes

Chicken Broth

Kite Hill Almond Milk Cream Cheese (OR you can use regular shredded cheese, or Siete Foods cashew queso).

Spices: chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano

That’s it!

This is the Instant Pot that I have. The 6 qt duo seems to yield enough for my family of 5 without any issues!

person holding a bowl of pasta

How To Make This In The Instant Pot

First, turn the Instant Pot to sauté and heat the olive oil. Add in the ground beef and diced onion, and stir for 4-5 minutes until the meat is mostly browned. Hit “keep warm/cancel”.

Add in the diced green chiles, tomato paste, diced tomatoes with juices, and the spices. Stir well.

Add in the pasta and the broth. Stir again.

Lock the lid and turn the vent to “sealing”. Cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes. Quick release the steam. Stir in the Kite Hill cream cheese (or shredded cheese or cashew queso), Serve topped with toppings of choice. Enjoy!

How To Make Pasta In The Instant Pot

Typically the rule of thumb for cooking pasta in the instant pot is to look at the cook time on the package, and divide it by 2. Then subtract 2. For example, the cook time for fusilli is normally 12 minutes. Divided by 2 = 6 – 2 = 4 minutes. You can use this equation for any pasta! I have not tested this with any other type of paleo pasta (only brown rice).

12 / 2 = 6 – 2 = 4 minutes

If the cooking time on the package says 10 minutes, then it would be 10/2 = 5 – 2 = 3 minutes.

It seems confusing, but I promise it works!

top view of pasta, tomatoes, avocado, and mint

Looking for some other delicious pasta recipes to make in the IP? Check these out!

Instant Pot Penne Rosa

Dairy Free Cajun Pasta (Chili’s knockoff)

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Instant Pot Taco Pasta (Gluten Free)

This Instant Pot Taco Pasta is a quick and delicious dinner the entire family will love! Gluten free, dairy free, and uses minimal ingredients. 
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4.5 oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder, reduce to 1/2 tsp for less heat!
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 box Jovial Foods Gluten Free Fusilli pasta, *any pasta will work - see directions below*
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 oz Kite Hill Cream Cheese, OR 1/2 cup shredded cheese, OR 1/2 cup cashew queso

Toppings

  • Cilantro
  • Diced tomato
  • Avocado

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Instructions
 

  • Turn the Instant Pot to Saute and heat the olive oil. Add in the ground beef and diced onion and stir for 4-5 minutes until the meat is mostly browned. Hit "keep warm/cancel".
  • Add in the diced green chiles, tomato paste, diced tomatoes with juices, and the spices. Stir well.
  • Add in the pasta and the broth. Stir again.
  • Lock the lid and turn the vent to "sealing". Cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes. Quick release the steam.
  • Stir in the Kite Hill cream cheese (or shredded cheese or cashew queso). Serve topped with toppings of choice. Enjoy!

Notes

*To cook pasta in the instant pot, the rule of thumb is to look at the cook time on the package, and divide it by 2. Then subtract 2. For example, the cook time for fusilli is normally 12 minutes. Divided by 2 = 6 - 2 = 4 minutes. You can use this equation for any pasta! I have not tested this with any other type of paleo pasta (only brown rice). 

Nutrition

Calories: 678kcal, Carbohydrates: 102g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 2635mg, Potassium: 2360mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 1468IU, Vitamin C: 133mg, Calcium: 377mg, Iron: 14mg