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Instant Pot Taco Casserole – With Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Options

Instant Pot Taco Casserole

When you need a quick, kid-friendly, weeknight meal, Instant Pot Taco Casserole is just the answer.

It is truly a comfort meal at it’s finest and requires only 5 minutes of cooking time. Even with sauteing the veggies and ground beef and waiting for the pot to come to pressure, dinner will still be on the table in under 25 minutes!

instant pot taco casserole
Instant Pot Taco Casserole topped with green onions.

Now that is something we could all use on a busy weeknight!

No need to heat up your house with the oven for this delicious casserole. Instant Pot Taco Casserole is made entirely in the Instant Pot.

I have made this recipe in both the 6 quart Instant Pot and 8 quart Instant Pot. And each time the results have been fabulous!

instant pot taco casserole
Be sure to submerge the noodles under the cooking liquid, but not directly on the bottom of the pot.

Are you gluten-free? No worries, gluten-free pasta cooks up perfectly in this recipe. We prefer to use Banza pasta. It is made from chickpeas and has less carbs and more protein than traditional pasta.

And if you are looking for a low-carb, Keto Taco Casserole check out our RECIPE HERE.

The key to cooking pasta in the Instant Pot is to cook it on high pressure for half of the time that is listed on the back of the box.

Also be sure that pasta is not sitting directly on the bottom of the liner. If it is in direct contact with the bottom of the pot, there is an increased chance to get the dreaded BURN notice.

And finally, be sure that the pasta is submerged below the top of the cooking liquid. This will help make sure that all of the noodles get cooked properly.

instant pot taco casserole
Once the timer goes off, perform a quick release and stir in the cheese.

Add whatever toppings that you like to Instant Pot Taco Casserole. I use dairy-free sour cream, guacamole, and cilantro.

My husband likes to add a little heat to his dish by placing diced jalapeno peppers on top.

And one last suggestion – if you are trying to sneak some additional veggies into your picky eaters meal, shred some carrots or peeled and diced zucchini to the mixture. They won’t even know that they are there!

instant pot taco casserole
You can use whatever type of pasta that you like. I prefer the shells as it scoops up the filling perfectly.

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Instant Pot Taco Casserole

instant pot taco casserole

A quick and easy weeknight meal. Comfort food everyone will love and includes gluten-free and dairy-free options.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 16 oz jar salsa
  • 2 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 8 oz small shell pasta, use gluten-free if desired
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, taco blend or dairy-free cheddar


  1. Turn Instant Pot to sauté. This recipe has been made in both the 6-quart and 8-quart Instant Pot.
  2. Once the display reads HOT, add the olive oil and onions and peppers. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef and cook until browned.
  4. Turn the Instant Pot Off/Cancel and stir in taco seasoning and broth.
  5. Pour the salsa in the center of the pot. Do not stir
  6. Add pasta to the top, do not stir. Be sure to press the pasta down into the liquid so that they are submerged.
  7. Place the cover on the pot in the locked and sealed position. Pressure cook/manual on high for 5 minutes.
  8. Once the time expires perform a slow quick release to prevent splattering. Once the valve drops, remove the lid and stir.
  9. Top the mixture with cheese and place the lid on in the venting position for 2-3 minutes so the cheese can melt.
  10. Stir and serve with additional toppings as desired.


Suggested toppings: sour cream, diced green onions, cilantro, guacamole.

Recipes provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

M Merrill

Wednesday 16th of January 2019

I made this tonight and it's delicious! I'm so excited to learn about Banza pasta from your article. This is going to be a regular meal at my house!


Thursday 24th of January 2019

So glad that you liked it! Banza pasta is the best gluten free past that I have had.

Michael Bevell

Wednesday 8th of August 2018

You say to make sure the pasta is not on the bottom how do you make sure it's not. Thanks


Wednesday 8th of August 2018

As long as you put it in above the ground beef you should be good. Just do not stir it so that it sinks to the bottom.

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