This is the most flavorful taco meat that you’ll ever meet! It’s delicious served with tortillas (like my paleo naan), over salad or on top of nachos. I love this recipe so much that I’ve made it twice in the past couple weeks and have been happily enjoying leftovers.
Whenever I make taco meat, I like to freeze a portion of it for a lazy cooking day. It makes for awesome leftovers. This recipe is delicious as is – but if you want to stretch the meat out to serve more people or to last you a little longer, you can add some chopped potatoes to it. I’ve done this – and it’s fantastic.
I love making taco meat in my Instant Pot because it’s my favorite kitchen gadget ever. It cooks everything super fast and I really feel like it intensifies the flavors of the seasonings that I use.
One thing you have to keep in mind when making this recipe is that meat can sometimes release quite a bit of liquid. That’s why I don’t add any additional water to the Instant Pot before making this taco meat. Even without adding liquid, I have to boil off a good amount of water that the meat naturally releases. Once I remove the lid from the pot, I press the “saute” button and leave the pot alone until most the water boils off.
Then, I top the meat with lots of cilantro and use it in all different sorts of ways.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 2 red onions, diced
- 3 green bell peppers, diced
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
- Cilantro, garnish
- Add all of the ingredients to the Instant Pot except for the ground beef.
- Press the “Sauté” button on the Instant Pot and saute for 5-6 minutes.
- Then add the ground beef to the pot and cook until mostly brown.
- Cover and lock the lid. Press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button on the Instant Pot, then press the “Bean/Chili” button to begin the pressure cooking. It will automatically be set for 30 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is closed.
- Once the meat is done, the Instant Pot will automatically switch to the “Keep Warm” mode. Allow the pressure to release naturally or use the quick release.
- Open the pot and if the meat released a lot of liquid, press the “Saute” button to boil off any extra liquid. This may take 10-15 minutes, depending on how much liquid the meat released.
- Garnish with cilantro and serve.
Looking for more Instant Pot Recipes? Try these:
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
Instant Pot Carne Guisada
Instant Pot Saag
Instant Pot Habanero Chili
Instant Pot Dal Makhani
Goat Curry in a Hurry
Instant Pot Texas Beef Chili
Instant Pot Ground Lamb Curry
Instant Pot Butter Chicken