Instant Pot Taco Meat - From Fresh or Frozen!

So, tacos. We’re back on that. It’s always the same with me, tacos, tacos, tacos!

But this time guys, this is traditional taco meat. Well, American traditional taco meat. You know, ground beef and taco seasoning. Truthfully though, I usually use a mix of beef and chicken, but more on that later.

I love this recipe. I make it often because as stated, I love tacos, and I buy meat at Costco. It’s Costco man, nothing is little there – you know this. So, I always end up bringing home 6 pounds of ground beef or three pounds of ground chicken/turkey and toss it in the freezer in 1 pound packs. Thus, frozen meat. Great to have on hand, yes, but also a pain when you want dinner and it’s frozen in a block.

It’s why I love Instant Pot taco meat. It works both ways, toss the bricks of frozen meat in or fresh. It does not matter one bit. The other reason is the flavor – it’s just infused into the meat, not just “coated” like when you make taco meat on the stove. The texture is not as chewy either, which I love. It reminds me of restaurant or fast food tacos.

Yes, I know you can just do it on the stove in 20 minutes, but I’m telling you, it’s just not like this. You have to experience it to get what I’m saying. It’s worth the time. And it’s all passive anyway.

Like I said earlier, I do mix and match the meat. Age and biology forces me to watch my diet. But I still love tacos, so I do use leaner meats and it makes no difference. If I’m serving this to someone who is all about the beef and using a mixture of beef and poultry, I’ll add a splash of Kitchen Bouquet in the second step and it makes the poultry look like beef and no one knows the difference. (BTW, this works like a champ to make ground chicken, turkey or tofu look like crumbled beef!)

And guys, this makes a lot. At least for my house. It’s just me and management here, so we do tacos, breakfast quesadillas, frozen burritos, taco salad.

Instant Pot Taco Meat - From Fresh or Frozen!
5 from 2 votes

Instant Pot Taco Meat – Fresh or Frozen

Make delicous taco meat from fresh or frozen in your Instant Pot.

Course Main Course
Keyword tacos, Instant Pot
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes


  • 2 pounds ground meat, you choose what type
  • 2 packets packets taco seasoning mix or 4T of homemade if you roll like that
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup chipotle salsa (optional but delicious) or any heat option you want


  1. Place 2 pounds of meat in the Instant Pot, fresh or frozen. Add 1 cup beef broth to the pot. Pressure on high for 20 minutes if using fresh, not frozen meat. 30 minutes if you're starting with frozen meat. QUICK RELEASE.

  2. Carefully open the lid. With a spatula or a meat breaker upper, break the meat up to the size you're looking for. Add in the taco seasoning and the optional salsa or heat you're using. Stir. Pressure for 20 minutes. QUICK RELEASE.

  3. Carefully open the lid. Turn on the saute/simmer feature. Stirring constantly, simmer until you like consistency. This happens quickly so don't leave your pot. Turn the pot off and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Instant Pot Taco Meat - From Fresh or Frozen!

7 thoughts on “Instant Pot Taco Meat – From Fresh or Frozen!”

  1. 5 stars
    I don’t normally leave reviews, but I have to let you know that was probably the best taco meat I ever made. I didn’t have salsa, but I did have a can of green chilies and that seemed to work great. Thank you for posting!

  2. 5 stars
    This turned out so good. When I added the salsa I also added corn , black beans , and diced tomatoes and then let it go for 20 minutes like you said. And this made the perfect taco salad. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! I love the texture of the meat in the pressure cooker. Can’t wait to try your way with the corn and beans!

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