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Instant Pot® Quinoa Taco Meat Substitute

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Amazingly flavorful taco 'meat' made with quinoa, smoky seasonings, and salsa, right in the Instant Pot®! Baked until hot and crispy. A great substitute for ground beef, with just 9 ingredients."
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55 m servings 181
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a mesh strainer. Add quinoa and water to a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)). Stir in vegetable bouillon. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.
  4. Transfer cooked quinoa to a large bowl. Add salsa, nutritional yeast, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine. Spread mixture on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes; stir. Continue baking until quinoa is dry and crisp, 5 to 15 minutes more.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Use any variety of quinoa you like.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 181 calories; 3.2 31.5 7.9 0 437 Full nutrition

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We thought this was a great recipe and a nice change of pace from tvp or lentil taco meat.