Instant Pot Taco Meat

We are all about building our own taco salad at the Amonite household.  With the help of my Instant Pot, the meat component is super simple to throw together quickly.

I love using our Instant Pot to get super tender & flavorful meat.  Yet another reason why you need one in your kitchen NOW. 🙂

First things first, get yourself some top quality beef to get the fiesta started!

Thankfully, we are lucky enough to have a deep freezer packed full of our very own, exclusively pastured beef.  We’ve always had beef on hand thanks to my dad being a cattleman, but this year we took it up a notch by choosing NOT to finish the beef with grain.

Knowing that we are getting all the extra nutrition from a cow that has unlimited access to graze on lush, green grass (with a side of hay from time to time), means that we are fueling our bodies with the best meat you can find out there.

Now, if you don’t have direct access to a local beef farm, your next best option is to buy pastured, grass fed beef from the meat market.

Remember, it’s just as important to eat clean, high quality proteins as it is to keep around organic fruits & veggies.

Back to the taco meat – here’s how I cook up a quick batch of Taco Meat in our Instant Pot


What you’ll need:

2 lbs ground beef

1 medium onion, diced

2 Tbsp oil (we use avocado oil)

1 cup water

3 garlic cloves, diced

1 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp ground cumin

1-2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Cilantro to garnish

Lime to garnish

What to do:

  1. Turn Instant Pot to SAUTE & heat up oil
  2. Add onions & cook until just tender
  3. Add in beef & seasonings & cook until beef is browned on outside
  4. Add water
  5. Secure lid & close valve
  6. Cook on HIGH pressure for 10 minutes
  7. Release pressure
  8. Turn Instant Pot back to SAUTE & reduce until liquid is almost gone
  9. Garnish with cilantro & lime.

NOTE: This meat is incredibly versatile.  You can use in taco salad like we did OR have it as leftovers for tacos, nachos, chilis, dips, etc.

Enjoy! I’m off to do a quick brightening face mask while the taco meat cooks & Klaire naps!!

Till next time…


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