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Make Instant Pot Ground Beef Tacos with fresh ground meat or frozen ground beef using this easy recipe. A quick dinner perfect for taco night, burrito bowls or homemade burritos.

bowl of Instant Pot ground beef taco meat on the table with cilantro and cheese

Ground beef taco meat is one of the easiest Instant Pot recipes you can make. Actually, it’s an easy dinner recipe — period!

Tacos are my go-to easy dinner recipe for a busy weeknight or busy days when I am completely exhausted and too lazy to put much effort into dinner.

I pretty much rely on easy Instant Pot ground beef recipes to get me through days like these. And, even though we love making Instant Pot salsa verde chicken for tacos, ground beef is even easier.

And, if you forget to set out ground beef to defrost, no problem! You can cook frozen ground beef in your Instant Pot — it’s super easy!


You only need a few simple ingredients for this Instant Pot taco meat recipe. If you don’t have the ingredients on hand, you can easily find them in your local grocery store:

  • Olive oil — or vegetable oil to make browning the beef easier
  • Lean ground beef — No need to drain grease
  • Beef broth — for flavor, or use water
  • Taco seasoning — homemade taco seasoning or a packet

How to Make Instant Pot Ground Beef Tacos

Like I said, this Instant pot tacos recipe is super simple. And yes, you can cook taco meat on the stove top –I’ve made it this way a gazillion times.

But honestly, I like cooking ground beef in the Instant Pot pressure cooker or any electric pressure cooker better. The meat is softer, the flavor is deeper, and you can sit back and let the pot cook.

First, you turn on the saute setting. When it reads HOT, add a little oil to the bottom of the pot.

Next, add your fresh beef, and brown beef on the saute function.

brown ground beef in instant pot on saute function

Then, add the taco seasoning or your favorite spices.

I use my recipe for homemade taco seasoning, but you can use a packet if that’s what you have.

Sometimes, I add black beans to the taco filling. Sometimes, I leave them out.

It depends on whether we want to have beef and bean burritos, enchilada casserole or baked tacos.

add taco seasoning to ground beef in pressure cooker

Cooking Time

Next, add some beef broth, and be sure to deglaze the bottom of the pot if needed.

Pressure cook the taco meat for 5 minutes on high pressure. After 5 minutes is up, do a quick release to release the pressure.

If you’re busy, you can even do a natural pressure release and let the meat keep warm until you’re ready to serve. That’s the beauty of pressure cooking!

You can sauté the meat on the saute setting after pressure cooking if you want to reduce the liquid.

Total cook time depends upon the size and brand of pressure cooker and if you do a quick or natural release. Once cooked, spoon the cooked taco meat into hard taco shells and add shredded cheese, lettuce, sour cream or your favorite toppings!

seasoned ground beef taco meat on a serving spoon with instant pot in background

How to Cook Frozen Ground Beef

For best results, use 1 or 1.5 pounds of frozen ground beef or 2 flat 1 pound-bricks of meat, side by side.

Just place the frozen beef in the Instant Pot without the trivet, add beef broth or water, and pressure cook the frozen meat for 10 minutes.

The meat won’t be fully cooked inside, but you easily break it up now. Then, sauté the beef, add taco seasoning and more broth, and it will finish cooking as you sauté it.

If you have more than 2 pounds of frozen beef, it will take longer to cook.

Pro tip — If you’re buying meat in bulk, try freezing it as flat as possible in 1 to 1.5 size pieces.


I made this Instant Pot taco meat recipe as simple and easy as possible. But, you can easily jazz it up!

Add black beans and serve over cooked rice for burrito bowls, burritos or wet burritos. Spice it up with chopped jalapeño peppers and diced onions.

To make this pressure cooker taco meat recipe leaner, use ground chicken or pork. Or use ground turkey for turkey tacos!

Ground beef burrito bowl

How to Store

Store the leftover ground beef taco meat in an airtight container for 4 days.

You can reheat the leftover taco meat on the stove or in the Instant Pot on saute mode. No need to pressure cook it again.

For longer storage, place cooked taco meat in a freezer safe container. This is perfect for meal prep!

5 from 7 votes

Instant Pot Beef Taco Meat

By: Dee
Make Instant Pot Beef Taco Meat with fresh or frozen ground beef and homemade seasoning with this easy recipe. Perfect for tacos and burritos.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
pressure time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 to 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • taco seasoning 3 tablespoons homemade or 1 packet
  • ¾ cup organic low sodium beef broth
  • 15 ounce can black beans optional
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  • Press SAUTE button on Instant Pot, and when it reads hot, add the olive oil and ground beef
  • Break beef up with wooden spoon or spatula, and cook until no longer pink. Drain fat, if necessary. Add taco seasoning, and stir. 
  • Hit Cancel, and pour in beef broth. Add black beans over beef. (if using) Place lid on pressure cooker, turn vent to Sealing, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 5 minutes
  • Pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure, then begin counting down and cook for 5 minutes. When pot beeps, turn vent for a quick release or do manual release to keep warm until serving
  • When pin drops, remove lid, stir meat mixture, and serve. To reduce liquid, hit SAUTE, and cook for 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced


Recipe was made in 6-quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. Add more water for 8 quart.
Cook frozen ground beef with beef broth for 10 minutes. Do a quick release, turn pot to Sauté, break up meat, drain if necessary, add taco seasoning, more broth, and finish cooking.


Calories: 131kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 444mg, Potassium: 377mg, Vitamin A: 130IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 2.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
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Originally published in 2018 and updated in 2021.

instant pot beef taco meat in taco bowl with toppings

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  1. James says:

    Just tried this last night. Great for whatever you need or have on hand. A few of the kids had it in burritos and some had the meat on nachos they made. We always try to have sour cream, cheese and at least the little guacamole packs to add to everything. And we have leftovers too.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, James! I’m so glad you enjoyed the taco meat!

  2. Stephanie Hagen says:

    My husband said these were the best tacos I’ve made! I did substitute tomato juice for beef broth because I didn’t have broth.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Stephanie! You’re version sounds yummy! 🙂

  3. Miz Helen says:

    Your Taco Meat would be a great option for this cold rainy day , a great addition to the Taco Bar. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  4. Sandra | A Dash of Sanity says:

    This looks really good! Perfect for game day busy nights!or5 stars

  5. Jamielyn says:

    Looks SO yummy! Perfect for Taco Tuesday 🙂5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      It’s one of our favorites for Taco Tuesday. Thanks, Jamielyn!

  6. Chrissie Baker says:

    Wow now is my favorite dinner! This recipe looks super easy and full of ingredients my family loves. Looking forward to trying soon.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Chrissie. Hope you like it! 🙂

  7. Melanie Bauer says:

    This looks absolutely fantastic! I love everything about this recipe, need to try this soon!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! It’s one of our favorite dinners!

  8. Lora | Savoring Italy says:

    A wonderful way to make taco meat!!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! It’s our favorite way to make taco meat! 🙂

  9. Dorothy at Shockinglydelish says:

    We love tacos at my house! I love how simple they are to make in the Instant Pot.

    1. Dee says:

      Instant Pot tacos are the best!