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Instant Pot Taco Soup makes dinner time quick and easy along with healthy. It is filled with your favorite taco ingredients including protein rich ground beef and three beans, along with sweet corn, diced tomatoes and rich, warm spices. 

Instant Pot Taco Soup in white bowl

INSTANT POT TACO SOUP

Instant pots {pressure cookers} can be a huge time saver when it comes to making meals for your family. I jumped on the bandwagon last year and haven’t looked back. It took a few recipes in my Instant Pot and I started feeling more comfortable with it.

Using an Instant Pot makes recipes like this Instant Pot Taco Soup super easy, with little clean-up. It’s perfect for a busy night when you don’t have a lot of extra time to cook. If you like chili then you will love this Instant Pot Beef Taco Soup loaded with your favorite Tex-Mex ingredients.

I am always looking for when it comes to making meals during the week is how I can add vegetables and protein to my kids diet. This Instant Pot Taco Soup recipe does just that. It is loaded with juicy, flavorful ground beef and three kinds of beans to pack the protein in. I like using ground beef for meals because it is easy to cook and affordable. If you are looking for more recipes for those busy weeknights try this Taco Tater Tot Casserole or these Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

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It also uses a variety of vegetables including sweet corn and diced tomatoes. Once your soup is done you can add colorful toppings including diced red onion, chopped avocado, shredded cheese, fresh cilantro, crushed chips and jalapeños for a little extra spice.

As many of us dive back into the school year, easy, filling meals are top of mind. The Ohio Beef Council and I are partnering up to help you feed your family protein rich meals and remind you that ground beef can be an economical, healthy way to feed your family. I know in my house with 5 hungry mouths to feed I am always looking for protein rich meals. I have a couple of tips when it comes to putting those family meals on the table.

Instant Pot Taco Soup with cilantro

First, I like to keep in mind at the store that you can save a bundle on beef by buying family-sized packs of beef! Large packs have a variety of cuts for everyone in your family, including Ribeye, Flat Iron and Kabobs. Learn more ways to save when buying beef.

Second, when it comes to those family meals is to use that Instant Pot to your advantage. You can’t beat the easy clean-up that comes along with everything cooking in one pot. If your like me and need to get dinner on the table in record speed your Instant Pot can be your best friend!

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Did you know that you can safely cook frozen beef in an Instant Pot without thawing? For quicker cooking, chop up larger thicker pieces of beef before freezing. The smaller pieces will easily fit into the Instant Pot and cook much faster at dinner time.

You guys might remember a few months back when I took a trip with Ohio Beef Council to Denver and gained a wealth of knowledge about beef and spent time with cattle ranchers. One thing that stuck with me is that a 3-ounce serving of beef (about the size of an iPhone) provides more than 10 essential nutrients and 25 grams of protein for less than 150 calories.

Instant Pot Taco Soup with chips

That is impressive that a 3-ounce serving of beef can pack such a powerful nutritional punch. While in Denver one of the things that also stuck with me is that lean beef is an important part of a healthy diet for kids. Research shows that enjoying lean beef daily can help lower cholesterol levels. For those of you who have student athletes and active kids, there is no better choice than beef. The protein in beef helps build muscle and strong bodies, and exercise is more effective when paired with a high-protein diet.

I notice with my kids is that if they eat protein at a meal they aren’t asking for snacks right away. That is because protein is one of the most satisfying nutrients, so it helps control snacking throughout the day. Protein also helps keep kids focused during the school day, and the B vitamins in beef provide students with energy to do their best.

Instant Pot Taco Soup with spoon

Ground beef is a go-to when feeding a hungry family in a hurry. When purchasing, be sure to select ground beef with a bright cherry-red color that is firm to the touch and doesn’t have excessive liquid in the package. Store ground beef in yourrefrigerator for 1-2 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Aside from the trip to Denver, Colorado I have also visited beef farmers here in Ohio with the Ohio Beef Council. Did you know that there are 17,000 beef farming families in Ohio, who are committed to providing excellent care of their animals, protecting the environment for future generations and producing safe, healthy beef? Although many believe that industrial farming has taken the place of family farms and ranches, 98 percent of beef farms are family-owned and operated.

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Instant Pot Taco Soup

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Instant Pot Taco Soup makes dinner time quick and easy along with healthy. It is filled with your favorite taco ingredients including protein rich ground beef and three beans, along with sweet corn, diced tomatoes and rich, warm spices. Load your taco soup up with toppings including cheese, avocado, sour cream, red onion and cilantro. 

Ingredients

For the soup

  • 1 pound ground beef {I like to use 80/20}
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper, seeds removed, diced
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper {optional}
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes {optional|}

Soup toppings

  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Jalapeños
  • Lime Wedges
  • Crushed chips or corn chips
  • Diced red onion
  • Green onions

Instructions

Set your Instant Pot or your pressure cooker to sauté. Add the ground beef, garlic and onion and cook until browned, stirring while it cooks. Once it is cooked add the remaining ingredients to the pot and give it a good stir. Cover and seal the lid. Change the Instant Pot to MANUAL HIGH pressure and set the time to 5 minutes {remember your Instant Pot takes time to come to pressure before starting the 5 minutes}.

Once your pot is depressurized, remove the lid carefully {open away from your body} using a towel or kitchen mit to grasp the lid. Stir everything together again and taste, adjusting seasoning to your liking.

Serve the taco soup in soup bowls and top with your desired toppings. I like to serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, diced tomatoes, avocado, red onion, cilantro and chips.

Today’s post is sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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This recipe alone should give anyone who doesn't have an Instant Pot a reason to get one!

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Monday 27th of August 2018

Love that you loaded it up with toppings!

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