Instant Pot Beefy Taco Pasta

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recipe by Ivy Manning

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based on 2 ratings

This family-friendly pasta is reminiscent of the ground beef helper meals many of us grew up with, only better because it’s homemade. Use very lean ground beef in this recipe so you don’t have to take the extra step of draining off the drippings once the meat is browned. Be sure to use taco seasoning that does not contain cornstarch or other thickeners, such as Simply Organic Southwestern Taco Seasoning.

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recipe updated May 28, 2020


  • Yellow onion icon
    Yellow onion
    1 (140g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    1 tbsp (15ml)
  • Lean ground beef icon
    Lean ground beef
    2 cups
  • Taco seasoning icon
    Taco seasoning
    2⅛ tbsp
  • Campanelle icon
    340g (about 1½ cups)
  • Water icon
  • Tomato paste icon
    Tomato paste
    4 tbsp (65g)
  • Red bell pepper icon
    Red bell pepper
    1 (150g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed


  • kCook icon Spatula
  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Place olive oil on the inner pot
  2. Pre-heat until hot - Sauté, Normal
  3. Then add lean ground beef, yellow onion and taco seasoning to the inner pot
  4. Cook until tender while stirring frequently - Normal, 6 min
  5. Cancel - Sauté
  6. Then add campanelle to the inner pot
  7. Stir until coated
  8. Add water, tomato paste and taco seasoning to a clean medium bowl
  9. Whisk
  10. Pour content of medium bowl into inner pot
  11. Stir gently until combined
  12. Add red bell pepper to the inner pot
  13. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  14. Pressure cook - Manual, Low, 5 min
  15. Quick release
  16. Stir gently
  17. Season with salt & pepper
  18. Serve
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