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Instant Pot Ground Beef Tacos

Use ground beef in your Instant Pot for easy weeknight Instant Pot Ground Beef Tacos! This easy hands off method is only 5 minutes under pressure, and has you that much closer to tacos in hand! 
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Beef, instant pot recipe, Taco Beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 cups cooked
Calories 310kcal


  • 6 Quart Instant Pot


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon ( I use better than bouillon)


  • Break up the ground beef and place in the instant pot - try to avoid placing one large chunk inside (unless you are cooking from frozen, of course).
  • In a small bowl, add all of the dry spices.
  • Shake the seasoning mix over the beef.
  • Add the bouillon and water to the liner.
  • Secure the lid and set to sealing.
  • Set the pot to 3 minutes, high pressure. 10 minutes if cooking from frozen.
  • Quick release the pressure when the pressure cycle is complete.
  • Now, don't panic, The beef may not be fully cooked at this point and look like it is in one big ball. Have no fear.
  • Press cancel and then set the pot on saute mode. Use a potato masher to break up the beef and fully cook it (if needed). You can also strain it at this point if you don't want excess liquid - if needed. I find the amount of fat is highly dependent on which brand of beef I am using.
  • Load up your tacos with your taco beef and toppings of choice.
  • Left overs can stay in the fridge for 3 days, or you can freeze them. This reheats well.


Nutrition info is an estimate only and will vary depend on the type of ground beef you use (extra lean, lean, or regular).
This info is only for the taco beef - nutrition info will change based on what kind of taco and fillings you choose. 


Serving: 1cup cooked | Calories: 310kcal | Protein: 31g | Fat: 18g