Instant Pot® Beef and Bean Taco Bowls

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Today I’m sharing my Instant Pot® beef and bean taco bowls recipe. Did any of you get an Instant Pot® for Christmas? I used to teach classes using a Fagor pressure cooker at a local kitchen store. That brand has now been sold to a company called Zavor.

I also have the 3-1/2-quart and 6-quart Instant Pot® units. Today I used the 6-quart to make this yummy recipe. Here’s the deal, boy do they save us time in the kitchen.

How to Make Instant Pot® Beef and Bean Taco Bowls

My favorite meals are always Mexican dishes. I love eating salsa on just about anything, literally. What I like about this recipe is that you can make it with almost everything you have in your pantry, freezer, or fridge right now.

Kitchen Items Needed

Instant Pot® Beef and Bean Taco Bowls

If you are going to make these, then know that they will be a big hit. When you make this meal, you can also freeze it for later or store it in the fridge for leftovers. You can make this as healthy or non-healthy as you like!

Step One

Start by turning the Instant Pot® to sauté and add hamburger, or ground turkey. Use a spoon to separate the meat and cook until brown.

Instant Pot Beef and Bean Taco Bowls

Step Two

I love one-pot meals, this recipe is a keeper, I promise!

Instant Pot Beef and Bean Taco Bowls

Step Three

Next add your water, taco seasoning, rice, corn, and black beans, and then stir until well combined and rice is covered with the water added. 

Instant Pot Beef and Bean Taco Bowls

Step Four

Turn the pressure valve to sealing and pressure cook on High for 9 minutes. Let it pressure release naturally for about 13 minutes, then turn to quick release. GENTLY fluff your rice. Place the lid back on and turn the Instant Pot off until ready to serve.  

Instant Pot Beef and Bean Taco Bowls

Step Five

Lay the lettuce leaves out on some salad size plates when ready to serve, and top with rice and hamburger mixture. Add cheese, salsa, and onions. Top with sour cream, if desired. Serve and Enjoy! 

Instant Pot Beef and Bean Taco Bowls

Finished Product

Instant Pot Beef and Bean Taco Bowls

Natural Release Vs Quick Release

Most recipes will tell you whether or not to use a natural release or the quick release on your Instant Pot®. However, if it doesn’t, here is how you can know which step to take:

Natural Release: This type of release is for tougher cuts of meat, recipes with high starch ingredients, like rice or grains, or recipes that require a lot of liquid. 

Quick Release: You will use the quick release for delicate cuts of meat, vegetables, seafood, chicken breasts, and steaming. 

If you are using the quick release on your Instant Pot®, you will want to place a towel over the valve and use a wooden spoon to manually turn the valve from seal to vent. The towel will help prevent you from getting steam in your face. 

What can I serve with this recipe?

  • Tossed salad
  • Guacamole
  • Jalapenos
  • Refried beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Black olives
  • Corn tortilla chips
  • Salsa

How do I store the leftovers?

You can store the meat, beans, and rice mixture in an airtight container for up to 3 days in your refrigerator.

Can I freeze the leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze for storage the cooked meat, beans, and rice mixture in an airtight container for up to one month. You may want to thaw the mixture in the refrigerator the day before you reheat it. It does taste better freshly made, but you can reheat the mixture in the microwave or in a frying pan.

Instant Pot® Beef and Bean Taco Bowls

Instant Pot® Beef and Bean Taco Bowls
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
21 mins
Total Time
51 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 people
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef or Turkey
  • 1-1/2 packets Taco Seasoning
  • 1-1/4 cups Brown rice
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can of whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 can of black beans (do not drain)
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Shredded Cheese (for topping)
  • Salsa (for topping)
  • Green onions, chopped (for topping)
Instructions
  1. Start by turning the Instant Pot® to sauté and add hamburger, or ground turkey. Cook until brown. Next add your water, taco seasoning, rice, corn, and black beans, and stir until well combined and rice is covered with the water added. Turn the pressure valve to sealing and pressure cook on High, for 9 minutes. Let it pressure release naturally for about 13 minutes, then turn to quick release. GENTLY fluff your rice. Place the lid back on and turn the Instant Pot off until ready to serve. Lay the lettuce leaves out on some salad size plates when ready to serve, and top with rice and hamburger mixture. Add cheese, salsa, and onions. Top with sour cream, if desired. Serve and Enjoy! 

Final Word

Did any of you receive an Instant Pot® for Christmas? My favorite pressure cooker is the Fagor® which has now been purchased by Zavor®. But both pressure cookers work great.

I’m still trying to teach the world to cook from scratch. I realize many of us have been doing this for years. But, I sure see those fast food places with cars lined up to buy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda

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6 thoughts on “Instant Pot® Beef and Bean Taco Bowls

  • March 23, 2020 at 8:00 am
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    This sounds like it is something that can be done so simply for people like me who don’t own a
    instapot, just go in the normal way. Sounds great

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    • March 23, 2020 at 9:36 am
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      Hi June, exactly, you don’t need an Instant Pot to make this recipe. So many people are afraid to use their Instant Pot so I’m trying to share how to use it. It’s yummy made in a stove pot as well, enjoy. Linda

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  • March 23, 2020 at 9:56 am
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    Hi Linda, thanks for the recipe. Sounds yummy and I’ll probably add it to this week’s dinner menu. However, I’ll have to cook it the old fashioned way.
    I bought an Instantpot several years ago and finally gave it to my great grand niece . The pot is great, but after using it several times and with my life situation, I decided I just didn’t have the time or want to learn to cook a different way.
    I guess at 82, I’m entitled to change my mind. Anyway, lovely recipe and can’t wait to use it.
    Take care and stay safe.

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    • March 23, 2020 at 10:23 am
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      Hi Suzanne, yes we are entitled to change our mind! I love it! It’s really all about cooking at home and teaching others to cook from scratch in an Instant pot or saucepan! Stay well, Linda

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  • March 23, 2020 at 10:27 am
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    This looks amazing! I will definitely be trying it.

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