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Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Shweta Arora
Taco Pasta is a delicious one-pot meal made using Italian Pasta and Mexican Flavors. Its nutritious, delicious crowd pleasing recipe thats perfect for weeknights!!
3 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mexican
Servings 6



  • 3 cups of Modern Table Pasta uncooked, Elbows or regular elbow pasta
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup corn kernels frozen
  • 1 cup canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds powder
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon red chilli powder or to taste - optional
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • ¼ cup of chopped cilantro
  • 4 spring onions greens chopped
  • cups vegetable stock or water


  • Switch on the instant pot to sauté mode.
  • Once it displays "HOT", add the olive oil followed by onions and red bell pepper and sauté until onions are soft/translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic and sauté for few seconds
  • Next add the vegetable stock and pasta. Press the pasta gently so its below the liquid. Switch of the instant pot saute mode.
  • Add tomato sauce on top of pasta, followed by spices( red chili powder, cumin powder, oregano, salt and black pepper), corn and, black beans. Do not mix just make sure to spread ingredients evenly in a layer one after other.
  • Close the instant pot with lid, vent in sealing position.
  • Cook on Manual (pressure cook) High Pressure for 2 mins (regular pasta 3 mins - see notes) and do a quick release when done. Press cancel
  • Open the lid, add cilantro, green onions and fluff up the pasta with fork or spoon.
  • Serve warm by adding some cheese on the pasta and garnish with your favorite toppings


  • For regular elbow pasta  (not modern table) - cook on Manual High Pressure for 3mins and then quick release. 
  • If there is water left after opening the lid, mix and close the lid and let the pasta sit for 5-10 mins and it will soak up all the liquid. 
  • You can also cook this pasta on stove top - cook the pasta separate and then add it to the prepared sauce. 
  • Many asked for tomato sauce alternatives, so if you cannot find tomato sauce use tomato puree (store bought) or even pasta sauce can work.
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