Spicy Taco Pasta – Instant Pot

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Unbelievably tasty, spicy, cheesy and perfectly done Spicy Taco Pasta in Instant Pot!

Here is what it took for my 2 boys to make this SPICY taco pasta:
A relaxed and laid-back summer evening
A Bag of pasta shells
A pound of ground chicken
Taco Seasoning Mix
Favorite Cheeses

I rarely catch my two boys together cooking in the kitchen with me. But when that happens we create the most fun memories and a DELICIOUS meal as a consequence!

Here are boys together cooking and recording the footage:

So proud to have this new recipe in addition to the buffalo chicken chili and citrusy lentil soup!

4.25 from 4 votes
spicy taco pasta
Spicy Taco Pasta - Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Easy one pot spicy taco pasta with ground chicken, onions, jalapeños, cilantro and cheese.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 7
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1-2 jalapeños diced
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 pound pasta we used pasta shells
  • 2 tablespoon taco seasoning mix love trader joe's
  • 2-1/2 cup salsa
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth or water or half and half
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese grated
  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute(more) mode. Once the 'hot' sign displays, add oil. Add onions and jalapeños. Sauté for 2-3 mins.
  2. Add ground chicken. Break chicken which the spatula. Add taco seasoning and mix everything together.
  3. Add salsa, 4 cups chicken broth and pasta. Mix well and with the spatula push the pasta under the liquids. Make sure most of the pasta is under liquids for the pasta to cook well.
  4. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 3 mins. Note- Cook time for the pasta shells we used was 7 minutes.

  5. Quick release and open Instant Pot. Stir in the cheeses and garnish with cilantro.



30 thoughts on “Spicy Taco Pasta – Instant Pot

  1. i am confused a bit on the directions – it says…#4: Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Cook o Manual(Hi) for 3 mins. but #5 says Note- Cook time for the pasta shells we used was 7 minutes.

    So which one should be used – 3 or 7 mins??

    BTW, been trying your recipes one by one…so delicious!

    1. Hi Enakshi! So the cook time for the pasta on the pasta box was 7 mins, which is stove top cook time. Since Pasta cooks much faster in Instant Pot, the cook time is shorter. So instead of cooking for 7 mins I cooked it for 3 minutes in the Instant Pot since I like it aldente. Basically IP cook time is cook time on Pasta Box divided by 2 for aldente and add another 1 min for fully cooked pasta. Hope this helps!

  2. Made this tonight and it was yummy!
    My box of pasta was just 375g so reduced the stock to 3cups.
    Topped with diced tomatoes, avocado, green onion and cilantro.

  3. This sounds awesome and I have all the ingredients already. Thinking I may do gluten free pasta as a substitute. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. I am gluten intolerant and have recently started using instant pot and your recipes have been so rewarding. Made a gf version of the taco pasta and DH loved it.

    I tried the thai red curry chicken earlier this week and couldn’t believe how easy it was to make and how delicious it turned out. My friends who tasted it were amazed at how close it was to the restaurant flavors.

    Planning on trying your Shrimp biryani recipe for lunch today. Can i use the shrimp frozen? Would it make the rice mushy?

    1. Hi Prashati! So nice to get this note from you. I am glad that your family and enjoyed my recipes. You can def use frozen shrimp for the Biryani. It will come out great. Just make sure it does not have too much ice on it.

        1. Hi Jane, If you saute any onions garlic, make sure there are no burnt pics or the pot is not scorched. You can always deglaze with some water, And always put enough water so that most of the pasta is under water. Hope this helps and let me know how you like the taco pasta!

  5. This is delicious! I played around with it a bit. I subbed 2-3 cups of sweet bell peppers for half the noodles, used a little less broth and more salsa, and doubled the seasoning. I literally want to wolf down the whole pot!

    1. Hi Liz! Thank you for your lovely comments! I am SO happy you enjoyed this yummy taco pasta. Love your idea of adding lot of veggies, makes it so much healthier! Also you might enjoy the thai red curry recipe I have!

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