• Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cooking Time: 14 mins
  • Serves: 8

Loaded Taco Pasta

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 Ingredients List

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef (or 97% lean ground turkey)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Homemade Taco Seasoning (or 1 (1 oz) packet store bought)
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 16 oz Salsa
  • 1 (4 oz) can Mild Diced Green Chiles (optional)
  • 3 cups Water (or low sodium broth)
  • 1 (15 oz) can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12 oz Medium Shells (or 12 oz other shape pasta)
  • 1 (15 oz) can Corn Kernels (or 2 cups frozen kernels)
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded


Brown the Meat

Turn the pot on to the Sauté setting. When display reads Hot, add meat (use a little olive oil if using ground turkey). Cook, breaking up the meat, until mostly done.

Add the taco seasoning, onion powder, and garlic powder. Stir and finish cooking the meat.

Add the salsa, green chiles if using, and broth. Stir. Put on a glass lid (or any lid that fits. If you use the pressure cooker lid, make sure it is on Venting). Let the broth heat up and start to simmer.

Add the black beans and the pasta. Stir and gently press the pasta down into the liquid..

Cancel the sauté setting.

Pressure Cook:
Put the pressure cooker lid on and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

Press the Pressure Cook /Manual button or dial and then the + or - button to select 4 minutes (for medium shells), or half the time on the pasta package directions.

When cooking cycle ends, turn off the Instant Pot. Let it sit undisturbed for 1 minute to settle a bit.

Do a controlled Quick Release of the pressure/steam. I like to start it in smaller bursts until I am sure no sauce will be spewing from the steam release knob. Then I turn the knob all the way to Venting, and let it release the remaining steam/pressure.

When the pin in the lid drops down, open it and gently stir the pasta.

Add the corn, and then add the cheese. Stir again. If using frozen corn, let it sit a couple of minutes to heat it through.

Serve with any of the garnishes listed, or just as it is!

Garnish with any of these, if desired
Avocado, Jalapeño, Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips, Cilantro

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