Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni Recipe

Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni Recipe

One of the tastiest Taco Tuesday dinner dishes I have EVER made in my entire life, OMG! This Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni Recipe is hearty, has spectacular flavor combinations, and tastes magnificent the next day as leftovers, too! 😍

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Easy Cheesy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni Recipe

Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni Recipe

Holy mama, friends! This Taco Tuesday dinner recipe is no joke! When I announced I’m making this Instant Pot Taco Macaroni Recipe for dinner, the kids give me the celebratory fist pump and cheers, I kid you not! My kiddos RAVE about this recipe! We’ve had sleepovers and friends over for dinner, and they all rave about it too!

If you’re looking for something that feeds a LOT of folks (recall my family’s a big one and so our recipes are biiiig!), a dinner recipe that tastes fanfreakingtastic, and one that tastes impossibly better the day after reheated for leftovers, then look no further! Friends, straighten up in your chairs for this one!

Add More Cheese and Cilantro to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

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If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important information for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to how to make this Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni Recipe, just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

Can You Freeze This Taco Macaroni Recipe for Later?

You absolutely can! Prepare it as directed and once it’s cooled, store it in your freezer in a good quality airtight container for up to three months! If you plan on using it for microwave lunches, then use many separate freezer quality containers. To reheat it, you can choose to microwave it or cook it on the stovetop until it becomes ooey-gooey with all the delicious cheese!

Add More Doritos on Top to Serve Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Equipment Needed to Make Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

To make this, you will need awesome Taco Tuesday dinner recipe, you will need the following:

Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Ingredients Needed to Make Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

You will also need to assemble the following ingredients to make this ridiculously tasty and easy Taco Macaroni dish:

Ingredients Needed to Make Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

How to Make Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Pull out your 6-quart Instant Pot and spray it with cooking spray. Using a blender or food processor, mince your onions nicely.

Mince Onions in Blendtec to Make Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Add your ground beef to the sprayed Instant Pot, adding in your minced onions and minced garlic as well. Set your Instant Pot to sauté and cook until the beef is fully cooked through.

Add Ground Beef Onions and Garlic to Instant Pot to Make Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Using a Mix ‘n Chop or flat spatula, break apart the beef as it cooks to make the meat as fine as possible as it cooks.

Mince Meat and Onions Garlic to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Drain the beef using a colander once fully cooked and return it to the Instant Pot.

Browned Beef and Onions to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Add your seasonings; stir.

Add Seasonings to Beef to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Add beef broth and stir thoroughly. Then add in salsa and your tomato sauce, stir.

Add Broth and Uncooked Pasta to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Finally, add in your preferred macaroni (we love using elbow mac for this!)

Add Pasta to Instant Pot to make Taco Macaroni

Stir thoroughly to ensure the pasta is covered with liquid.

Stir Pasta in Instant Pot to make Taco Macaroni

Cover your Instant Pot and set it to 8 minutes on manual. Let it rest 10 minutes before releasing the pressure.

Set Instant Pot to Manual and 8 minutes

Grab your rubber spatula, open the lid and stir stir stir! As you stir you will notice it begin to thicken up and mix quite nicely.

After Natural Pressure Release to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Add your heavy cream to the pot and mix.

Add Cream to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Add shredded cheese to your pot and stir reeeeally well! Keep stirring, it’ll be worth it, I promise!!!

Add Cheese to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

From here, test out your taco macaroni and see if any additional seasonings are needed. If so, add what you feel is needed and taste again while stirring.

Stir in Cream and Cheese to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Continue to stir and taste until you have it seasoned the way you want 🙂 Now you’re ready to serve!

Season Again if Needed to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

How to Serve Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

To serve this tasty Taco Tuesday dish, you will need to have on hand bowls or a dinner plate and your taco fixins’ you want to put on top! Start with crushing Nacho Cheese Doritos into the bottom of your bowl or onto your empty plate.

Add Doritos to Bottom of Bowl to Serve Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Place heaping spoonfuls of your taco macaroni onto the crushed Doritos.

Add Pasta to Doritos to Serve Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Add more shredded cheese (if desired) and some cilantro (optional).

Add More Cheese and Cilantro to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Add to that more crushed Doritos.

Add More Doritos on Top to Serve Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

You can add whatever other taco fixins here, such as jalapeños (my favorite), queso, sour cream, whatever you’d like!

Add Jalapeños to Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Stir well in your bowl/dish before eating (stirred is the best way to ensure all flavors are together for each bite). Enjoy it!!!!

Stir Together to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

Other Tasty Taco Tuesday Dishes to Try!

If you’re a taco lover in a BIG WAY like I am, check out these Taco Tuesday inspired dishes!

More Instant Pot Recipes to Try!

If you’re in loooooove with the Instant Pot as we are, check these tasty recipes out!

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Add More Cheese and Cilantro to Make Easy Instant Pot Taco Macaroni

To prepare your Instant Pot Taco Macaroni with Doritos:

  • Pull out your 6-quart Instant Pot and spray it with cooking spray.
  • Using a blender or food processor, mince your onions nicely.
  • Add your ground beef to the sprayed Instant Pot, adding in your minced onions and minced garlic as well.
  • Set your Instant Pot to sauté and cook until the beef is fully cooked through.

  • Using a Mix ‘n Chop or flat spatula, break apart the beef as it cooks to make the meat as fine as possible as it cooks.
  • Drain the beef using a colander once fully cooked and return it to the Instant Pot.
  • Add your seasonings; stir.

  • Add beef broth and stir thoroughly.
  • Then add in salsa and your tomato sauce, stir.
  • Finally, add in your preferred macaroni (we love using elbow mac for this!)
  • Stir thoroughly to ensure the pasta is covered with liquid.

  • Cover your Instant Pot and set it to 8 minutes on manual.

  • Let it rest 10 minutes before releasing the pressure.

  • Grab your rubber spatula, open the lid and stir stir stir! As you stir you will notice it begin to thicken up and mix quite nicely.
  • Add your heavy cream to the pot and mix.
  • Add 2 cups shredded cheese to your pot and stir reeeeally well! Once mixed well, add in your third cup of cheese and mix again.
  • From here, taste test your taco macaroni and see if any additional seasonings are needed. If so, add what you feel is needed and taste again while stirring.

  • Once mixed and seasoned well, you’re ready to assemble!

How to Serve Instant Pot Taco Macaroni with Doritos

  • Crush some Nacho Cheese Doritos into the bottom of your bowl or onto your empty plate.
  • Place heaping spoonfuls of your taco macaroni onto the crushed Doritos.

  • Add more shredded cheese (if desired) and some cilantro (optional).
  • Add to that more crushed Doritos.

  • You can add whatever other taco fixins here, such as jalapeños (my favorite), quesosour cream, whatever you’d like!
  • Stir well in your bowl/dish before eating (stirred is the best way to ensure all flavors are together for each bite). Enjoy it!!!!

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