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Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta is a zesty meal that the whole family will love. This meal cooked in no time when using your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. The ground turkey, taco seasoning, fired roasted tomatoes paired with pasta make this a fun alternative to taco night. 

Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta in bowl

INSTANT POT TURKEY TACO PASTA

I know how much you guys love my Instant Pot recipes so I am back with an easy, delicious dinner recipe.

I find this recipe to be comforting and honestly the leftovers are almost better than the first day. 

This Instant Pot Turkey Taco pasta is super easy, delicious and one we make a lot in my house.

If your family likes tacos you can think of this as a deconstructed taco pasta dish. This recipe uses ground turkey but you could also use pork or beef. 

I love all of the toppings that are added at the end like red onion, green onion, diced tomatoes, cheese and cilantro. 

Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta with garnishes

This Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta is a great starter meal to get you used to cooking with your Instant Pot.

This recipe is literally two steps and takes a total of about 20 minutes all together with the sauté time and the cook time in the actual Instant Pot.

As with any new kitchen gadget you definitely want to get used to your new Instant Pot before diving into recipes.  A few easy recipes other than today’s pasta is this Instant Pot Turkey Chili, Instant Pot Pork Chili Verde or this Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe.

If you like pasta recipes you should also try this Instant Pot Vegetable Mac and Cheese, another favorite with my kids. 

Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta in bowl

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS INSTANT POT PASTA RECIPE?

GROUND TURKEY: I used ground turkey in this dish but you can easily use ground beef or pork in its place. After you cook the ground pork or beef make sure to drain the fat from the instant pot.

When I use turkey there often isn’t much fat so I don’t need to drain it. 

CORN: I added frozen corn to this pasta. You can skip the corn or even use canned corn in its place. 

BROTH: This recipe uses broth to help deglaze the pot and then to help cook the pasta in.

You can use chicken, vegetable or beef broth depending on what meat you pick to use. 

 

FIRE ROASTED TOMATOES: I love the flavor that fire roasted tomatoes add to Mexican style dishes. If you don’t have them on hand regular diced tomatoes work just fine too. 

PASTA: I enjoy using a small or medium sized pasta shape in this dish but really any pasta works. I especially like elbow macaroni in this dish. 

CHEESE: I used sharp cheddar cheese in this recipe but any of your favorite shredded cheese varieties will work. Sometimes I will use pepper jack for some kick. 

GARNISHES: Garnishes are my favorite when it comes to a dish like this. I like to lay out options for my family or guests. For today’s pasta I suggest homemade salsa, cilantro, green onion, red onions, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, sour cream, shredded lettuce and extra cheese. 

Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta with spoon

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS INSTANT POT TACO PASTA? 

Set your Instant Pot or your pressure cooker to sauté and wait until it shows HOT. Add the olive oil and after 30 seconds add the ground turkey. Cook until the turkey is browned. Add the taco seasoning and stir until combined.

Add the frozen corn, chicken broth, diced tomatoes and pasta and stir. Cancel the sauté mode.

Put the pressure cooker lid on and set the steam release knob to the sealed position.

Change the Instant Pot to MANUAL HIGH and set the time to 4 minutes.

Instant Pot

When the Instant Pot beeps showing that it is done, do a quick release.

Once all of the pressure/steam is please turn off the Instant Pot.

Remove the lid keeping the lid pointed away from you and stir the taco pasta together.

Add the cheese to the pasta mixture and let the cheese melt.

Serve the taco pasta in bowls with garnishes.

Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta with tomatoes

If you want to try some other easy Instant Pot recipes try one of these:

Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken // A Cedar Spoon

Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken // A Cedar Spoon

Honey Teriyaki Drumsticks // Skinnytaste

White Bean Chicken Chili // Allergy Free Alaska

Rice and Chicken with Vegetables // Mango & Tomato 

Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta with spoon

Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta is a zesty meal that the whole family will love. This meal cooked in no time when using your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. The ground turkey, taco seasoning, fired roasted tomatoes paired with pasta make this a fun alternative to taco night.

Ingredients

For the Pasta

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey {you can use ground beef or pork-drain any fat after sautéing }
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 - 14.5 oz. can of fired roasted diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces pasta of your choice, uncooked {smaller pasta works best, half of a 16 ounce box}
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar, shredded {or cheese of your choice}

Garnishes::

  • Freshly chopped cilantro
  • Freshly chopped green onion
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped red onion
  • Extra cheese
  • Fresh salsa
  • Shredded lettuce

Instructions

  1. Set your Instant Pot or your pressure cooker to sauté and wait until it shows HOT. Add the olive oil and after 30 seconds add the ground turkey. Cook until the turkey is browned. Add the taco seasoning and stir until combined.
  2. Add the frozen corn, chicken broth, diced tomatoes and pasta and stir well making sure to get any browned bits off of the bottom of the instant pot. Cancel the sauté mode.
  3. Put the pressure cooker lid on and set the steam release knob to the sealed position.
  4. Change the Instant Pot to MANUAL HIGH and set the time to 4 minutes for al dente pasta or 5 minutes for a softer, more cooked pasta {I do 4 minutes}.
  5. When the Instant Pot beeps showing that it is done, do a quick release. Once all of the pressure/steam is please turn off the Instant Pot.
  6. Remove the lid keeping the lid pointed away from you and stir the taco pasta together.
  7. Add the cheese to the pasta mixture and let the cheese melt.
  8. Serve the taco pasta in bowls with garnishes.

Notes

Feel free to use ground beef if you like for this recipe. I would suggest using 80/20 when it comes to the ground beef. Depending on the type of ground beef you use you may have to drain the excess fat after browning it. The learner ground beef won't need to be drained.

You can use regular diced tomatoes instead of the fire roasted tomatoes.

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I used a homemade taco seasoning that I added and a little extra salsa. Worked great.

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