Instant Pot Taco Meat in a white bowl.

Instant Pot Taco Meat (from frozen)

Instant Pot Taco Meat made from frozen ground beef or turkey and a seasoning packet or homemade taco seasoning. Use it for tacos, enchiladas, taco salad, wraps or turn into a pasta dish.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot taco meat
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
coming to pressure 6 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 301 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 lb frozen ground beef or turkey
  • 1 cup water divided
  • 1 oz packet taco seasoning or 3 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
US Customary - Metric


  1. Make sure the stainless steel insert is in your Instant Pot. Place trivet inside.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of water into the pot.
  3. Place a frozen block of meat on the trivet. Close the lid. Set the valve to "sealing" position. The newer Instant Pot models do it on their own.
  4. Press "manual" or "pressure cook" setting and set timer to 25 minutes. Make sure the Instant Pot is set to cook on HIGH pressure.
  5. The Instant Pot will beep and it will start coming to pressure. It took 6 minutes for me.
  6. Once the timer is done, press "cancel/off". Let the Instant Pot release the pressure naturally. It took 9 minutes for me. If it takes longer than 10 minutes, switch the valve to "venting" position to release any remaining pressure.
  7. Carefully open the lid away from your face. Lift out the trivet with meat and set on a plate.
  8. Drain the liquid from the pot.
  9. Press the "saute" setting. If desired, add olive oil, garlic, chopped onion and bell pepper and saute until soft.
  10. Add meat back to the pot and break apart with a wooden spoon.
  11. Add seasoning and stir in well. Wait 1 minute. Add water and stir in. Once the meat is hot, press "cancel/off" button.
  12. Use the meat immediately or cool completely and place in a freezer-safe bag.

Recipe Notes

  1. Please, note that the time the Instant Pot will take to come to pressure can vary. For me, it took 6 minutes.
  2. You can easily double the amount of beef and water to make a larger batch. The cooking time stays the same.
  3. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Taco Meat (from frozen)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 651mg28%
Potassium 306mg9%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 665IU13%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.