Vegetarian Taco Pasta – Instant Pot & Stovetop

October 18, 2018 (Last Updated: April 25, 2019)

This cheesy, spicy and yum Vegetarian Taco Pasta is the best of both worlds.  It’s good old hearty pasta dressed up in spicy and zesty taco seasoning.  This dish easily makes it to my family’s Top 10 Comfort Foods list!

Using pantry and fridge staples, I prepare this cheesy taco pasta in just 20 minutes.  And the result is a delicious quick and easy weeknight dinner.

A bite of vegetarian taco pasta made in Instant Pot

One-Pot Pasta Recipe

Recently, I’ve been working on developing one-pot pasta recipes.  I have to say, this cheesy pasta is one of the easiest recipes so far.  It really hits the spot.  This vegetable pasta doesn’t have any meat, so, you can basically make it from pantry staples.  The key ingredients in this easy taco pasta are salsa (or crushed tomatoes), taco seasoning, canned black beans, frozen or canned corn, and of course, pasta.

Mexican Food Meets Vegetable Pasta

This Vegetarian Taco Pasta has all the delicious flavors of  taco seasoning, combined with hearty and cheesy pasta.  Meals like these come to my rescue on busy school nights.

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s like a blank canvas.  You can easily customize this and make it with your favorite taco ingredients.

Saute some ground meat with the onions and peppers if you like, or add sour cream to make it more creamy and rich, or top it with guacamole for an extra kick.  Basically make it the way you like your tacos.

A bowl of mexican pasta made in Instant Pot

How to Cook Pasta in Instant Pot

Instant Pot pressure cooker has been a game changer for making pasta.  Traditional recipes require you to boil the pasta separately and prepare the sauce in another pan.

But in an Instant Pot, you can basically prepare the whole meal in one-pot, no draining required.  Isn’t that awesome!

As for cooking times, since different pasta shapes require different cook times, here what works for me:  I half the lower number in the suggested cook time on the box, and subtract 1 minute from that.  So, if a box suggests the cook time as 10-11 minutes, I cook it for 4 minutes in the Instant Pot (10/2=5; 5-1=4).

How to Make Vegetarian Taco Pasta in Instant Pot

 Heat oil on Saute.  Add crushed garlic, chopped onions, peppers and saute for 30 seconds.

✓ Add stock, then pasta.  Gently press down with a wooden spoon.  Pour Salsa evenly over pasta.  Don’t mix.

✓ Top with frozen corn and drained beans.  Sprinkle taco seasoning and gently spread it over the corn and beans.

✓ Close lid. Sealing position in DUO.  Pressure cook for 3 mins. For time variation for different pasta shapes, read instructions above.

✓ After cooking time is up, carefully release pressure (QR),  by turning knob to venting position in DUO, and pressing down pressure valve in ULTRA.  After pin drops open the lid.

✓ Stir in shredded cheese and mix it well.  Garnish with chopped spring onions, chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime.  Enjoy hot!

Step by Step instructions on how to make Vegetarian Taco Pasta in an Instant Pot

How to Make Vegetarian Taco Pasta on the Stovetop

 Heat oil in a pasta pot on medium-high heat.   Saute crushed garlic, chopped onions, peppers for 30 seconds.

 Add 3 cups stock for 2 cups of elbow pasta and bring it to a boil.  Then, add, pasta, frozen corn, drained beans and  taco seasoning.  Mix well.  Reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook for the suggested time on the pasta box, or till pasta cooks through.

Stir in shredded cheese and mix it well.  Garnish with chopped spring onions, chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime.  Enjoy hot!

Vegetarian taco pasta served in a bowl

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Two bowls of Vegetarian Cheesy Taco Pasta

Vegetarian Taco Pasta - Instant Pot & Stovetop

This cheesy, spicy and absolutely yum Vegetarian Taco Pasta is the best of both worlds.  It's good old hearty pasta dressed up in taco seasoning.  This comforting cheesy taco pasta is ready in 20 minutes and makes for one delicious quick and easy weeknight dinner. 
4.86 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 537kcal
Author: Spice Cravings

Ingredients

Pressure Cook

Garnish After Pressure Cooking

  • 1 cup shredded mexican cheese (adjust to taste) - skip for vegan
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onions for garnish
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • juice of lime

Instructions

Instant Pot Recipe

  • Heat oil on Saute.  Add crushed garlic, chopped onions, peppers and saute for 30 seconds. 
  • Add stock, then pasta.  Gently press down with a wooden spoon.  Pour Salsa evenly over pasta.  Don't mix.
  • Top with frozen corn and drained beans.  Sprinkle taco seasoning and gently spread it over the corn and beans.
  • Close lid. Sealing position in DUO.  Pressure cook for 3 mins. For time variation for different pasta shapes, read content above.  
  • After cooking time is up, carefully release pressure (QR),  by turning knob to venting position in DUO, and pressing down pressure valve in ULTRA.  After pin drops open the lid.
  • Stir in shredded cheese and mix it well.  Skip the cheese for vegan pasta.  Garnish with chopped spring onions, chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime.  Enjoy hot!

Stovetop Recipe

  • Heat oil in a pasta pot on medium-high heat.   Saute crushed garlic, chopped onions, peppers for 30 seconds.
  • Add 3 cups stock for 2 cups of elbow pasta and bring it to a boil. Then, add, pasta, frozen corn, drained beans and taco seasoning. Mix well. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook for the suggested time on the pasta box, or till pasta cooks through.
  • Stir in shredded cheese and mix it well. Skip the cheese for vegan pasta. Garnish with chopped spring onions, chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy hot!

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Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.
 
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  They do not include the garnishes.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 1511mg | Potassium: 852mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 36.9% | Vitamin C: 58.9% | Calcium: 38.3% | Iron: 18.7%
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Mexican
Keyword: cheesy pasta, cheesy taco pasta, mexican pasta, mexitalian recipes, one pot pasta recipes, Pasta, taco seasoning pasta, vegetable pasta
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