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Instant Pot Ground Beef Tacos

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In my freezer, I have several pounds of frozen ground beef that needs to be used up soon. As is quite typical for me, I have been forgetting to thaw it until about an hour before dinner. Never fear–the Instant Pot is here! And it saves the day every single time. Here’s a recipe for cooking Ground Beef Tacos from frozen bricks to ready-to-eat in just 40 minutes in the pressure cooker. The kids love these and I love how easy they are to make. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Ground Beef Tacos (from frozen)

Beef tacos from frozen meat
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Megan


  • Pressure cooker


  • 2 lbs Frozen Ground Beef
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 tbsp dehydrated onions
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper


  • 15 oz Refried Beans Fat Free
  • 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce chopped
  • 1 Cup Mild Pace Picante Salsa
  • 1 Cup Guacamole
  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 16 small Corn Tortillas


  • Pour water on the bottom of your Instant Pot, followed by a trivet or steam basket. It doesn't have to be the one that came with your machine. It just has to fit.
  • Place frozen ground beef brick on top of the trivet and sprinkle dehydrated onions on top.
  • Lock the lid, close the sealing valve and select HIGH PRESSURE for 25 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for it to gain pressure before cooking process begins
  • Once finished, manually release the pressure and open the lid. This will take 5 to 10 minutes. Pull the trivet out of the pot with the meat. Depending on how much liquid and grease is in the bottom of the pot, pour it into a heat-resistant container to cool before disposing. Reserve atleast 3 tablespoons of liquid to help enhance the flavor.
  • Return the beef to the pot and cut it in half with a wooden spoon or spatula. Most likely, it will still be a bit pink inside. Press CANCEL on your Instant Pot and change the setting to SAUTE. Add remaining spices and cook for about 5 additional minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbled pieces as it continues cooking.
  • Serve in warm tortillas or crispy shells with refried beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, guacamole and Greek Yogurt.

Instant Pot

Trivet with Handles

Steamer Basket

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