Instant Pot Beef Tacos

Instant Pot Beef Tacos have a delicious ground beef filling that cooks up in just minutes from a frozen state using your  electric pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Beef Tacos

Instant Pot Beef Tacos

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Instant pot beef tacos are my recipe of the day with my recipe blogging group Multicooker Monday. We gather once a month and share recipes  using a variety of small appliances,  such as the  instant pot, slow cooker, sous vide, and more.

This month I wanted to share an easy recipe for taco meat that includes a seasoning  mix made from scratch,  as well as the frozen meat itself.

There are times when I forget to defrost and can’t shop (especially in a pandemic) so need to find something I can just pull out of the freezer and go. Using the frozen beef in this recipe is one such way of doing it.

Instant Pot Beef Tacos

I am also very fond of tacos of any sort and have been since I was a kid. It was always a favorite meal. Perfect for teenagers and grownups alike.

Sometimes it can be like more of a snack than a meal, but with some rice, beans or calabacitas (squash) you can  really round things out. Sometimes I like a little avocado dressing on a small salad as a side.

Multicooker Monday April 2020:

Recipes for Instant Pots, Slow Cookers, Sous Vide and More!

Instant Pot Beef Tacos

Instant Pot Beef Tacos

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Instant Pot Beef Tacos

Instant Pot Beef Tacos

Sue Lau
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Pressure up & release time 18 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Servings 4


  • Electric Pressure Cooker


  • 1 pound frozen ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon beef base
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • assorted taco toppings such as shredded cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes, and salsa


  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon masa harina
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar


  • Place 1/2 cup water stirred with one teaspoon of beef base and one tablespoon oil in the bottom of the cooker and top with a rack.
  • Place frozen beef on rack.
  • Put the lid on the cooker and set to seal with the vent closed.
  • Cook at high pressure/manual for 25 minutes then use the quick release.
  • Open lid only after all steam has subsided.
  • Break apart beef into crumbles and add back to the cooker (with remaining cooking liquid) and stir in the seasoning.
  • Set to sear function and cook a few minutes, stirring, until beef thickens up in the sauce.
  • Serve meat on taco shells or tortillas with desired toppings.


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Instant Pot Beef Tacos

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5 responses

  1. I cannot even tell you how many times I start cooking dinner with frozen meat of some kind! What a great method using the rack. I would never have thought to do that, Sue! So clever.

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