Instant Pot Taco Meat with GROUND BEEF

Instant Pot Taco Meat

If you are looking for a delicious and tender ground hamburger taco meat. Or, even just a easy homemade taco seasoning. This recipe for easy Instant Pot taco meat is perfect!

Taco night is perfect for the family! It doesn’t take a ton of time or ingredients to make a wonderful meal.

Instant Pot Taco Meat

Instant Pot Taco Meat

Taco Meat in your Instant Pot

A do it yourself taco seasoning mixed with a little less than 2 pounds of ground hamburger cooked in your instant pot. Pressure cooking your taco meat leaves the ground hamburger very tender and flavorful.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: David Wayne
Cost: $8


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1.5 – 1.75 lbs Ground Hamburger
  • 1/2 cup Water or beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp Beef bouillon exclude if you're using beef broth
  • 1 Yellow Onion chopped into medium size pieces
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Taco Seasoning Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Granulated Garlic garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Granulated Onion onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper fresh ground preferred
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper


  • Mix all taco seasoning ingredients together in a bowl and set aside
  • Chop 1 onion into medium size pieces
  • Press Sauté on the instant pot
  • When the pot is "HOT", add 2 Tbsp olive oil and the chopped onion to the instant pot
  • Let the onions saute for about 2 minutes stirring every 1 minute and then add the ground hamburger to the instant pot
  • Chop the hamburger into small pieces with a flat wooden spatula
  • Let the hamburger brown for 5 minutes then stir well while scraping the bottom clean
  • Let the hamburger brown for another 5 minutes and chop the burger into smaller pieces
  • Cancel Sauté
  • Drain the fat from the hamburger meat, I use an instant pot slow cooker glass lid to hold the meat in as I tip the pot over to drain the fat into a can or aluminum foil pressed into my kitchen drain
  • Return the pot to the instant pot
  • Stir the taco seasoning into the browned hamburger
  • Add 1/2 tsp beef bouillon to a measuring cup and 1/2 cup water, stir
  • Add the prepared beef broth (water and beef bouillon) to the instant pot
  • Put the instant pot lid on, seal the pressure release valve and pressure cook for 10 minutes
  • Release pressure after the cooking time is finished and remove the lid after the pin drops
  • Cancel pressure cook and press sauté
  • Let the meat simmer until the water has boiled off (about 10 to 15 minutes)
  • Cancel Sauté
  • You now have a pot of tender and flavorful taco meat to fill tortillas or taco shells, top salads or French fries


Adjust and Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Meat Unique!

One of the best things about being an adult is you get to create delicious meals that match perfectly with your own tastes. In this case, this recipe is perfect because it is so simple. It truly can be adjusted to your own personally tastes.

Some ideas to try are:

  • Doubling the chili powder for a stronger chili powder
  • Add cilantro to the mix
  • Use 50% hamburger and 50% turkey for a healthier option.

Once ready, of course you’ll want to make tacos! A great way to add a lot of flavor without a lot of time is to get a premade avocado ranch salad from the grocery produce department. First, cook your tortilla, cheese, and meat in the Air Fryer. Next, add some premade avocado ranch salad. Last, your additional toppings of choice. Such as: guacamole, green, and red salsa.

Talk about delicious!

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