Instant Pot Taco Pasta


Move over Hamburger Helper, there's a new player in town and it is just as quick as a boxed meal, but better! I use tomato powder (it's not as messy as tomato paste, but feel free to use tomato paste). I do not recommend regular sour cream as it tends to curdle. Garnish with additional cheese and crema.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • ½ pound 93% lean ground turkey

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked large elbow macaroni

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles (such as Rotel®)

  • 2 tablespoons tomato powder

  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup Mexican crema (such as Cacique(R) Crema Mexicana Agria)

  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 medium fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Add ground turkey and cook, breaking up into crumbles, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add macaroni, water, diced tomatoes with liquid, and tomato powder; mix well. Cancel Saute function.

  2. 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.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  4. Stir in Cheddar cheese, crema, taco seasoning, and onion powder until well combined.

  5. Serve immediately, garnished with jalapeno and black olive slices.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

538 Calories
28g Fat
40g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 538
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 16g 79%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 742mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 406mg 31%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 330mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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