This Instant Pot Ground Beef Taco Meat is so easy to make and starts with frozen ground beef. Extra lean ground beef, low sodium beef broth and a homemade taco seasoning blend make a delicious taco meat that’s perfect for busy weeknights.
Instant Pot Ground Beef from Frozen
One of the most common questions people ask about my Instant Pot recipes is how to adapt them for frozen meat. So when I spotted a few recipes for Instant Pot Taco Meat starting with frozen, I kew I had to give it a try.
I started with my favorite homemade taco seasoning.
I then added a completely frozen pound of extra lean ground beef to the Instant Pot. I used 96/4 ground beef for this recipe.
I also use a low-sodium beef broth to keep the meat moist. Cook ground beef from frozen on high pressure for 20 minutes.
When it’s done, I use a ground beef chopper to break up the meat.
Instant Pot Ground Beef
Honestly, I was extremely skeptical of this method. I don’t generally cook any meat from frozen, but I was really interested in testing out this technique. Initially, when the meat was still very hot I found the texture to be a little tough, but as the meat rested and cooled down a bit it was perfect! I cooked a batch of taco meat in a skillet at the same time to compare, and my husband and I both agreed that we couldn’t find a difference in the texture or flavor.
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2/3 cup low sodium beef broth
- 1 pound extra lean ground beef
In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and cornstarch.
Place frozen ground beef in Instant Pot, add beef broth and top with seasoning mix. Lock lid in place making sure pressure release valve is set to sealing. Set Instant Pot to High Pressure for 20 minutes via manual mode.
Once Instant Pot has counted down from 20 minutes, turn valve to quick pressure release.
Using a wooden spoon or a ground meat chopper, break up cooked ground beef.
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