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Instant Pot BBQ Macaroni and Beef

Instant Pot BBQ Macaroni and Beef is an easy pressure cooker dinner recipe made with ground beef, cheddar cheese, pasta and corn in a creamy barbecue sauce. It's ready in about 30 minutes and kid approved!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot BBQ macaroni and beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 14
Calories 350kcal
Author Dee


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 16-ounce box uncooked macaroni
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Hit SAUTE on Instant Pot, and when it reads hot, add olive oil and ground beef
  • Break beef up with spatula, season with sea salt, minced onions, garlic powder and pepper, and cook until no longer pink, stirring frequently so that beef doesn't stick to pot
  • Hit CANCEL, then add macaroni, and pour water over and around macaroni
  • Add frozen corn on top of macaroni, then add BBQ sauce over macaroni, but DO NOT stir
  • Cover with lid, turn vent to sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes
  • After 4 minutes cooking time, when pot beeps, do a quick release or gradual quick release, and carefully remove lid when pin drops
  • Stir in cream and gradually add cheddar cheese, and mix well. Serve immediately, and add more cheese and extra BBQ sauce, if desired


Recipe was made in an 8-quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker


Calories: 350kcal