Instant Pot Turkey Tacos

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recipe by From Freezer to Instant Pot Cookbook

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We designed this recipe to make a lot of taco filling because 1) that filling is tasty enough for crowds, and 2) it freezes well for quick, microwave meals in the weeks or months ahead. You’ll need two 1-pound packages of ground turkey (rather than one 2-pound package). The blocks of frozen meat need to stand against each other in the cooker. Otherwise, they have a tendency to scorch— or one gets done while the other stays partially frozen. Frozen ground turkey can be difficult to break apart. After cooking, it stays in long, thin strands, about the way it comes out of the grinder. You’ll need to break these into smaller bits for a good taco filling

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recipe updated Apr 30, 2020


  • Canned green chiles icon
    Canned green chiles
    ½ cup (about 69.6 g)
  • Lettuce icon
    as needed
  • Cheese icon
    as needed
  • Tomato salsa icon
    Tomato salsa
    2 cups (about 460.8 g)
  • Chicken broth icon
    Chicken broth
    ½ cup (about 124.5 g)
  • Chili powder icon
    Chili powder
    2 tsp (about 5.3 g)
  • Ground cumin icon
    Ground cumin
    2 tsp (about 4.2 g)
  • Ground cinnamon icon
    Ground cinnamon
    ½ tsp (about 1.33 g)
  • White onion icon
    White onion
    ½ cup (about 81.6 g)
  • Salt icon
    ¼ tsp (about 1.5 g)
  • Ground turkey icon
    Ground turkey
    908 g (about 3 ¾ cups)
  • Yellow cornmeal icon
    Yellow cornmeal
    2 tbsp (about 21.6 g)
  • Flour tortilla icon
    Flour tortilla
    as needed


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  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Stir tomato salsa, chicken broth, chili powder, ground cumin, ground cinnamon, white onion, salt and Canned Green Chiles into the inner pot
  2. Add ground turkey to the inner pot
  3. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  4. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 25 min
  5. Release pressure -
  6. Break up the turkey with a large spoon and meat fork
  7. Pre-heat - Sauté, Normal
  8. Simmer while stirring frequently
  9. Stir yellow cornmeal into the inner pot
  10. Simmer until thickened - approx 3 min
  11. Set the lid askew over the pot
  12. Set aside until thickened - 5 min
  13. Add flour tortilla, lettuce and cheese to a clean serving plate
  14. Serve in tortillas with shredded lettuce and cheese
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