Pressure Cooker Frozen Taco Meat

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Pressure Cooker Taco Meat. This recipe for frozen taco meat in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, is your go to recipe when you want taco meat in a hurry and all you have is some frozen meat in the freezer, that is far from being thawed.

Pressure Cooker Frozen Taco Meat
Pressure Cooker Frozen Taco Meat

Pressure Cooker Taco Meat

This pressure cooker taco meat is perfect for lazy people that are tired and just want something quick on the table for lunch or dinner for their family.

Before you all email me and shout at me for calling people lazy, well I add the lazy tag to myself too. How often have you been running around after your kids, have been hard at work all day and its just an effort to walk to the kitchen for a drink?

If you follow you will know that we are parents to 3 kids with no family to help us out. Our youngest two have not started nursery yet and our eldest is at college.

As well as this running is a full-time business with many 12 hour days and often me and the hubby don’t get a day off together for months.

We will work shifts.

One of us will be in the office, while the other is with the kids.

We love it. We love the fact we get to have lots of one on one time with our kids and that we work around food, but it is still very tiring.

By the end of the day we are both so tired and we want to be in and out of the kitchen and sat back on the sofa in record time. That is why my pressure cooker taco meat is the healthy lifesaving Instant Pot recipe that every family needs in their lives.

Pressure Cooker Taco Meat Ingredients

Pressure Cooker Frozen Taco Meat

Hands on heart I had never heard of tacos or taco meat or Instant Pots until I started hanging out with American food bloggers. It was just not a food I had heard of. But after I had tried tacos and then learnt how to make taco meat in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker I was truly hooked.

I loved most the simplicity around pressure cooker taco meat. The fact that I could use frozen taco meat and still have my taco filling cooked in just a few short minutes.

The main ingredients of my pressure cooker frozen taco meat are:

Isn’t this fantastic? Just grab the olive oil and the taco seasoning from the pantry and some frozen mince and you’re all set. Then once the taco meat is cooked, use it however you like. Fill taco shells or have it as a one pot taco bowls recipe.

How To Make Frozen Taco Meat In The Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooker Frozen Taco Meat

I am sure when you read how to make frozen taco meat in the pressure cooker, that you’ll be wondering why you didn’t make it sooner. It is just so easy even when using frozen mince.

  1. Place your water in the bottom of your Instant Pot and place the trivet shelf on top. Add your frozen taco meat to the shelf and place the lid on your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
  2. Cook on manual pressure and then use quick pressure release.
  3. Drain the water and place the Instant Pot on sauté, add the taco meat back in and using olive oil, break down the mince.
  4. Season and serve.

It is so quick and so easy to make pressure cooker frozen taco meat!

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Pressure Cooker Frozen Taco Meat Hacks

It can be really daunting to cook frozen meat in the Instant Pot. There is a fear it will be undercooked, it will be dry or that it will be a health risk.

Here are a few hacks to remember before making pressure cooker frozen taco meat:

Coconut milk Is Amazing – Just by adding a very small amount of coconut milk at the end can give such an amazing texture without that feeling of dryness.

Pressure Cooker Frozen Taco Meat

It doesn’t matter if the taco meat is still slightly frozen – It often depends on the shape and size of your ground mince to how cooked it will be in the middle.

We found 500g (nearly 1lb) of meat was almost cooked. Just a slight bit of pink in the centre. But because you will be bashing at it for a couple of minutes on sauté, that it will finish cooking then.

I can’t get taco seasoning – We have that problem a lot and often add a selection of seasonings to our Instant Pot rather than a ready-made taco seasoning mix.

To make your own taco seasoning add a teaspoon each of cumin, paprika, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper. Along with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Easy draining – Because you’re resting the taco meat on the shelf to drain the water, you can lift out the shelf with the meat still on it and quickly remove the water. Then add the meat back in directly into the inner pot.

Lean taco meat works best – We use ButcherBox for our ground meat as it is nice and lean and gives you a much nicer end result with your taco meat. Avoid really cheap mince as it tends to carry a lot of fat.

Pressure Cooker Frozen Taco Meat

Pressure Cooker Taco Meat

Pressure Cooker Taco Meat. This recipe for frozen taco meat in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, is your go to recipe when you want taco meat in a hurry and all you have is some frozen meat in the freezer, that is far from being thawed.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 2
Calories: 716kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Recipe Ingredients:


  • Place 1 cup of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
  • Place the trivet/steamer shelf on top and rest the beef onto the shelf.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and cook for 15 minutes on manual pressure.
  • Use quick pressure release and using your hands grab the trivet out of the Instant Pot using the handles.
  • Drain the water from the bottom, add the olive oil and place it on sauté.
  • Add the mince once it starts to sizzle and using a wooden spoon break down the taco meat until its fully shredded.
  • Season well and mix a little more.
  • If it is too dry stir in a little coconut milk.
  • Serve.


We get our taco meat from Butcherbox they are currently offering free ground beef through this link this month. We cooked just over 500g of beef in our taco meat recipe. If you want to cook more make sure it’s portioned out into another portion and sat on the shelf side by side. Otherwise, you will need to add on extra cooking time.


Calories: 716kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 177mg | Sodium: 382mg | Potassium: 675mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 5.3mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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