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20 minute taco meat

20 Minute Taco Meat

This 20 minute taco meat is the best quick weeknight dinner and will make your taco tuesdays a breeze. This is great for meal prep and a very versatile recipe.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Tex-Mex


  • Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot


  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground chicken
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic crushed
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup water


  • Add all the ingredients listed above to your instant pot or pressure cooker and mix to combine. If your ground beef is still frozen just mix the rest of the ingredients around it.
  • Set the pressure setting to 10 minutes (13 minutes if using frozen ground beef) and make sure the vent is set to seal. Once the 10 minutes are up you can do self release or carefully release the steam.
  • Give everything a good mix and turn the sauté setting on for 10 minutes. Mix occasionally until most of the liquid has dried up, you may not need the full 10 minutes. Then just taste for seasoning, and serve with your favorite taco fix ins. I love serving this with taco sauce, sour cream, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and sour cream.


Variations. I love keeping this simple, but you can add a can of black beans or kidney beans to make this more hearty. It'll cook with the meat and turn into a refried bean consistency.  
You can also add a chopped jalapeño or canned chillies for spice.
Substitutions. Just like ground beef, ground chicken or ground lamb works great with this recipe. 
If you can't find taco sauce, smooth salsa works great. 
You can find many homemade taco seasoning recipes online if you can't find a ready made one, although I recommend getting one, it's very useful! 
Keyword Instant Pot Recipes, Taco Meat