Beefy Taco Pasta
By :6 Ingredients or Less Cookbook by Ivy Manning
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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.
Votes: 32
Rating: 4.41
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Bell Pepper, Ground Beef, Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef 95%
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning 1.3 ounce
  • 12 ounces campanelle short, chunky twisted pasta
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • salt and black pepper
Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Bell Pepper, Ground Beef, Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef 95%
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning 1.3 ounce
  • 12 ounces campanelle short, chunky twisted pasta
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • salt and black pepper
Votes: 32
Rating: 4.41
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Instructions
  1. Put the oil in the pot, select SAUTÉ, and adjust to NORMAL/MEDIUM heat. When the oil is hot, add the beef, onions, and 1 tablespoon of the taco seasoning and cook, breaking the meat into 1/2- inch chunks and stirring frequently, until the onions are tender (the beef will finish cooking under pressure), 6 minutes. Press CANCEL.
  2. Add the pasta and stir to coat with the onions and beef. In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together 3 cups of water, the tomato paste, and the remaining taco seasoning. Pour the mixture over the pasta in the pot and stir gently to combine. Place the peppers on top of the pasta mixture. Lock on the lid, select the PRESSURE COOK function, and adjust to LOW pressure for 5 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is in the “Sealing” position.
  3. When the cooking time is up, quick-release the pressure. Gently stir the pasta with a rubber spatula, scraping any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Season with salt and pepper. The sauce will thicken upon standing. Serve sprinkled with the optional cheese, if desired.
27 replies
  1. Nscott408
    Nscott408 says:

    This was a hit with my kids! They loved it big time! Will definetly be making agian soon…had left overs also..delicious the next day..and very inexpensive to make.

  2. Burakol1101
    Burakol1101 says:

    It was easy and tasty, but I always had problems with the bottom being burnt causing it to stop pressure cooking…

  3. Persephone9261983@gmail.com
    Persephone9261983@gmail.com says:

    It was tasty. I made it in my 8 qt, it gave me the burn message, but when I opened the pot it was done and not burned. Will make it again but add like half a cup more water think

  4. Kalliekrueger
    Kalliekrueger says:

    It was good, I personally would’ve preferred softened tomato pieces rather than the bell peppers! I would highly reccomed you pre-prepare everything prior rather than doing it in the short time frames 🙂

  5. Kara Larson
    Kara Larson says:

    This was the first thing I cooked in my insta pot. It was delicous but i would recomend cooking a couple extra minutes

  6. bella31
    bella31 says:

    Love this recipe started making it regularly. I personally like more heat so I use no tomato corn chilli from Trader Joe’s.

  7. Heike
    Heike says:

    This is delicous. I used broth instead of water and i added two handfuls of shredded cheese after the pressure was realeased. This is so easy to make and takes less time than driving to get fastfood.

  8. movovertex
    movovertex says:

    Yay! 13YO finally ate a “casserole!”
    I added diced poblano. He went back for seconds! #success #thankyou

  9. Lizziet920
    Lizziet920 says:

    Really good and super easy! Did t have taco seasoning so used fajita seasoning instead- it was a hit! Sprinkled some grated cheddar over the top when done and it was perfect.

  10. JSKGreenblatt
    JSKGreenblatt says:

    Love the recipe – great taste and quick & easy to prepare. I’ve gotten the Burn warning message a few times when making – any suggestions on what I’m doing wrong / how to adjust to avoid would be greatly appreciated.

  11. Nebrn25
    Nebrn25 says:

    Can i brown the meat and onions first in a frying pan? Im using the IP for another dish right now

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