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Taco Soup in the Instant Pot

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This yummy taco soup is loaded with flavor and pasta! It’s made quick and easy in the instant pot.

bowl of taco soup with shell pasta ready to eat

Make this quick and easy taco soup is so easy and really family friendly. You can make the whole thing right in the pressure cooker.

As written it’s not super spicy, there is just enough to make it interesting. You can easily warm it up if you want to.  Then load it up with your favorite toppings for a fun and easy meal.

We are heading into soup season and I’m excited about it. I love the simplicity of most soup recipes and the coziness of cuddling up with a warm bowl.

instant pot filled with taco noodle soup.

This particular soup has the lovely flavors of tacos. The addition of pasta helps make it more filling and makes it kid friendly as well.

It is perfect for a fast and easy weeknight meal for the family. It is also great for game day or tailgating.

It’s a nice alternative to chili while watching football. Or make some as a fun way to change up taco Tuesday.

bowl of taco soup with shell pasta ready to eat,

My husband doesn’t believe soup counts as dinner. There has to be something more.

A nice quesadilla is a great addition that helps raise this soup to full meal status for him. You could also have some chips and guacamole on hand if you prefer.

Easy Additions

This soup is great and family friendly as written.  Adding any of the following options would have made it less popular at my dinner table.

I would love to add any of these yummy ingredients and I highly suggest you do if your family likes them!

Black beans are a great way to add substance and fiber. Mix in a can of rinsed and drained beans at the same time you add the pasta.

spoon going in for bite of taco noodle soup.

A cup of corn would be another lovely addition.  Again add it at the same time as the broth and pasta.

Feel free to stir in a little salsa if you’d like.

The beauty of recipes like this is they are a great starting point. Soups are pretty hard to mess up so use the recipe as a start and customize to your heart’s desire.

Fun Topping Ideas

The best part of tacos, burritos or nachos is the toppings!  We feel the same about a nice bowl of chili.

This soup is similar. It is great on its own but even better with yummy stuff on top.

Of course a sprinkle of cheese on top is a great easy way to take this to the next level.

A dollop of sour cream adds that cool creamy zing.

A sprinkle of cilantro adds that fresh pop of flavor.

bowl of soup with jalapeno, cilantro and cheese

Stir in a spoonful of salsa if you would like or sprinkle it with some chopped tomatoes.

Some pickled jalapenos can bring some heat to an individual bowl if your family has different heat tolerances.

More Great Soup Ideas

For another great instant pot soup, check out creamy tortellini, spinach and sausage soup. It is ready in a hurry and is filling and delicious.

If you like pasta in your soup, check out my maw-maw’s chili mac.  It’s filled with macaroni.  It eats like a mild chili the first day and almost like a goulash when you enjoy the leftovers. 

Another great warming fall soup is apple ale pumpkin chili. It is flavorful and another game day favorite.

If you like a good hearty cheese soup, try Kelly’s cheese soup. It is loaded with veggies, pasta and comfort.

Since you already have your instant pot out, use it to make some pressure cooker ham and beans. Then whip up some corn muffins as well!

Or whip up some creamy white chicken chili. It is another quick and easy way to get dinner on the table!

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Yield: 8 Servings

Taco Soup in the Instant Pot

bowl of soup with jalapeno, cilantro and cheese

This yummy taco soup is loaded with flavor and pasta! It's made quick and easy in the instant pot.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • 12 oz shell noodles (about 3/4 package)
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 6 cups water


  1. Set Instant Pot to "Saute" function and let it heat up.
  2. Add olive oil and ground beef.
  3. Sautee for a few minutes until beef starts to brown.
  4. Add in the onions and saute until soft and fragrant.
  5. Once meat is browned and onions are soft, add the tomatoes, jalapeno, taco seasoning, and red pepper flakes.
  6. Stir and then add noodles, beef broth, and water.
  7. Seal and lock the lid.
  8. Turn Instant Pot to Soup Function or High Pressure and set cook time to 10 minutes.
  9. Press start.
  10. Once done cooking, manual release the steam and unlock the lid.
  11. Serve soup hot with toppings of choice: cheese,sour cream, hot sauce

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 534mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 19g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This yummy taco soup is loaded with flavor and pasta! It's made quick and easy in the instant pot.

Thanks for sharing!


Monday 21st of September 2020

I'm kind of excited that it is time for soup - although not as excited for the days to get too cold. Thank you for sharing.


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

I am with you, I love soup weather but hope winter holds off for as long as possible!


Friday 18th of September 2020

Love this recipe! Looks like a wonderful dinner for those cold days.


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

It'll warm you right up!

Andrea Nine

Friday 18th of September 2020

I’m crazy about taco soup! I love that you used shell noodles!!! Yum. Happy Weekend friend! xo


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

I don't know why, but shell noodles are one of my favorite shapes. They are so much fun! Thank you, Andrea xoxo

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