Two bowls of Vegetarian Cheesy Taco Pasta
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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. 
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time20 mins
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
Servings: 5
Calories: 537kcal
Author: Spice Cravings


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


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!



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.


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%