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Cheesy Taco Shell Recipe

ONE POT DINNER! So creamy, cheesy and full of taco flavors using ground beef. Quick, simple + so bomb for the whole family!

Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Shells Recipe

So the sleepless nights continue with baby Cartman. He is unbelievably adorable and sweet, but he’s also a little bit of a terror when all he wants to do is play at 1AM, and then again at 4:30AM.

But that’s okay. I can still get dinner on the table in a flash using one single pot.

That’s right. We have a one pot wonder here from start to finish using crumbled ground beef, making this super quick and budget-friendly. Best of all, the uncooked pasta shells cook right in the Instant Pot with the rest of your ingredients in just 5 minutes!

Not to mention, these pasta shells are amazingly cheesy, creamy and so so filling, giving me the energy to play with this 6lb baby corgi all night long!

Instant Pot Taco Shells Recipe

Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Shells

Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Shells

ONE POT DINNER! So creamy, cheesy and full of taco flavors using ground beef. Quick, simple + so bomb for the whole family!
5 stars (33 ratings)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 small poblano pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup mild salsa, homemade or store-bought
  • 12 ounces medium pasta shells
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, about 1 1/2 cups
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  • Set a 6-qt Instant Pot® to the high saute setting. Heat olive oil; add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  • Add onion and poblano, and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powder, oregano and cumin until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in beef stock, tomato sauce, salsa and pasta; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 5 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Stir in cheese and heavy cream until cheese has melted, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in cilantro.
  • Serve immediately.

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