If you’re like me, then you received your first Instant Pot over the Christmas holiday.
Even though they’ve been around for a little while, many people are still discovering the advantages of Instant Pots and falling in love with them every day.
These pressure cookers have the ability to transform dinner so you’re no longer slaving away over a hot stove for hours at a time (because who enjoys that??) One such recipe that will save you a lot of time includes ground beef.
Traditional ground beef recipes can take a long time to cook, however, that isn’t the case in an Instant Pot. Below, we have included 23 of the best Instant Pot ground beef recipes you can make.
Whatever the occasion – a birthday, anniversary, or regular celebratory Tuesday night – these ground beef Instant Pot recipes will be sure to delight anyone it serves.
Best of all, everything on this list is incredibly easy to make. And, chances are, you probably have most of these ingredients in your kitchen cabinets already! A win-win!
We’re starting off the list with one of the more intriguing recipes for the Instant Pot using ground beef.
If you’re looking for a recipe with an Eastern flair, look no further than this recipe for Korean ground beef.
The secret ingredient for this one is the sesame oil, which is going to offer up a bit of a different flavor, but one that’s unique in Korean-style cooking.
If you’re looking to change things up with this recipe, you can swap the ground beef for ground turkey for a healthier alternative.
This beef stroganoff recipe is one of our favorite recipes, especially when you can make the entire meal with the ease of an Instant Pot. No other pots or pans are required! T
he secret ingredient for this recipe has to be the beef broth that really helps marry all of the different flavors together while still maintaining that great beef flavor.
If you need to swap anything out in this recipe, we recommend using garlic powder if you can’t get your hands on minced garlic. As long as there’s some form of garlic in there, you’re good.
This cheesy entry on this list is one of our favorite ground beef recipes. While it’s a very basic recipe, it’s guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds with its bold mix of flavors.
The secret recipe here is the long-grain white rice that not only adds texture to this delicious meal but absorbs the other flavors, becoming the glue that holds the entire meal together.
We recommend that if you’re looking for substitutions, try swapping different cheeses besides the shredded mozzarella and cheddar blend. Colby jack would be a fun alternative!
While at first glance, this might seem like a retread of the last entry, this recipe is proof that with a couple of changes to ingredients, you can have completely different Instant Pot recipes with ground beef.
The secret ingredient here is the taco seasoning which is going to give the beef that taco meat flavor you’re looking for.
While black bean salsa is recommended, you can always try swapping it out with your favorite kind of salsa to get some different flavoring and heat out of it, such as traditional or salsa verde.
Despite its name, no, these do not feature any actual porcupines. This delicious meal is a twist on a classic that everyone is sure to enjoy.
The secret ingredient here is also the same ingredient that inspired the name.
That ingredient is the long grain rice, which not only changes the overall texture of the meatballs but also gives them a look of having the quills of a porcupine, hence the name.
If you’re looking to change this recipe up a bit, you can use either olive oil or vegetable oil in order to cook these. Or, you could swap out the rice for something flavored with garlic!
This next recipe is an easy Instant Pot take on a classic that your family is sure to enjoy!
The secret ingredient for this one is green peppers themselves. You wouldn’t think that since they’re in the name, but you’d be wrong.
See, even though the pepper isn’t a “secret” per se, the pepper is way more than just a shell for the rest of the ingredients. It adds flavor and texture to the overall meal. Without the pepper, the meal would be completely different.
If you need a change, we recommend either going with ground turkey or ground chicken if you don’t wish to use ground beef. Or, if you’re really in the mood for some heat, swap out the green pepper for a poblano one.
Here’s a healthy take on a familiar dish. This healthy alternative to traditional chili gives you all of the delicious flavors of chili with a fraction of the carbs.
The secret ingredient to this one is going to be the diced green chilies.
These chili peppers give the chili a bit of kick, adding a whole new dimension of flavor to the overall package.
If you’re looking for a substitute, try swapping out the cloves of garlic for something like garlic powder instead.
If you’re tired of the same old pasta dish, then this recipe is for you.
This next dish takes the traditional pasta meal and gives it a bit of a Spanish twist.
The secret ingredient here is the queso fresco. It provides a base of the cheese while marrying together all of the other flavors of the dish.
One substitution we recommend is swapping your chili powder for paprika if you’re in a pinch and don’t have chili powder on hand.
This hamburger soup has to be one of our favorite Instant Pot hamburger recipes. It’s the perfect warm soup to eat on a cold winter day. Plus, it’s unusual so it’s a unique menu item to include in your normal diet.
The secret ingredient for this recipe is definitely the beef broth, which brings out the flavor of the hamburger in the soup while providing a nice broth for the other ingredients to soak in.
If you need a substitution, we recommend swapping the russet potatoes for a potato of your choosing like an Idaho or Baby Red for something a little different.
Who doesn’t love a good beef bolognese? This recipe is sure to be enjoyed by anyone you serve it to.
The secret ingredient for this one is the red wine which adds a little extra flavor to the overall dish without overpowering what’s important.
If you need to swap out any ingredients, we recommend swapping the garlic cloves for garlic powder if you’re in a pinch.
Try this dish on for size the next time you want to try out a delicious pasta dish in your instant pot.
This is a simple, easy-to-make take on a classic. In fact, it’s so easy that the word “lazy” is right in the title.
That being said, there is a bit of a minimum effort you have to put in to ensure that this dish comes out as good as it can.
The secret ingredient here is the bow tie pasta. Instead of laying out sheets of lasagna noodles to make a traditional lasagna, you simply work in some bowtie pasta to give it the pasta element.
If you need to swap anything out, we recommend trying Italian sausage instead of using ground beef if you want something a little different.
While we already covered a similar dish on this list, this has a few choice changes that provide for a different meal than before.
The secret ingredient for this one is going to be avocado oil.
This not only provides a great way to cook your meal but adds a different flavor to it than you would with other oils.
Plus, it’s a really healthy way to cook this dish. If you want to swap out anything, you can swap out the chili powder for paprika. Or, you can use a different type of oil such as coconut oil if you want to keep it healthy.
What is Picadillo? It’s a traditional dish served in a lot of Latin American countries, and with this dish, we have a quick and easy way you can make it using your Instant Pot.
The secret ingredient here is ground turkey, which is combined with ground beef to create a base of ground meat that serves as the basis for the meal.
If you need to swap out any ingredients, consider swapping the marinara sauce to your own taste.
Try different flavors of marinara sauce such as those with meat and veggies to tweak the overall flavor of the dish.
14. Beef Taco Soup
This beef taco soup is great if you’re looking for something with a little extra flavor to it compared to other soups on the market.
Your secret ingredient for this one is going to be the garlic which will add some flavor to the soup while not overpowering the other more important flavors.
If you want to swap something out, you can try swapping the diced tomatoes for tomato paste.
With this, you keep the flavor while changing the texture a bit. Either way, it’s one of our favorite Instant Pot recipes to make during the winter season.
15. Sloppy Joes
This is a family favorite recipe that can be made easily in your Instant Pot. This recipe is sure to have your entire family asking for seconds.
The secret ingredient for this recipe is the green bell pepper. This adds some needed texture and flavor to the traditional sloppy joe while not dominating the overall flavor of the rest of the sandwich.
If you want to swap something out, we recommend swapping the onion for onion powder if you don’t happen to have an onion handy. Or, as always, you could swap out the ground beef for ground turkey if you’re in the mood for a healthier alternative.
16. Ground Beef Stew
This next recipe is an easy-to-make, affordable stew that is all made in one pot — an Instant Pot!
The secret ingredient for this one is the potatoes, which provide both flavor and texture to the meal.
This meal would honestly feel like something was missing if we didn’t have potatoes in it.
If you’re looking to change things up, try adding a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of grated cheese to add a little bit of a flavorful garnish to an already delicious meal.
Of course, if you want, you can swap out the potatoes for sweet potatoes or even butternut squash. The flavors will be slightly different, but still tasty.
We all love macaroni and cheese. It’s a simple pairing that is sure to delight your taste buds.
The only way to make it better is to add a bit of hamburger meat to the mix to not only make it taste better but make it a bit more filling.
The secret ingredient for this one is mustard powder. It’s just enough to add something to the overall flavor without overhauling the entire dish.
If you need to substitute anything, we recommend swapping the heavy whipping cream for regular milk if that’s all you have handy.
This Asain-inspired dish takes a takeout staple and brings it home in this easy-to-make dish.
The secret ingredient for this is soy sauce which is going to inform a lot of the flavors of this dish.
Using a low sodium soy sauce can provide a healthier means of making the beef and broccoli blend.
If you’re looking for an alternate ingredient, try swapping the sesame seeds for red pepper flakes to add a little bit of extra kick to the meal.
This next dish takes a traditional egg roll and turns it into a delicious Asain-inspired bowl.
The secret ingredient for this one is the coleslaw mix. While that may seem like an odd choice to mix into a meal, when it gets cooked down with the other ingredients, it adds that traditional egg roll flavoring and brings all the other ingredients together.
We recommended swapping the soy sauce for coconut aminos if you’re looking to change things up.
If you want to impress your guests, serve this up at your next dinner party. It’s one of those Instant Pot recipes ground beef everyone will love.
20. Chili Mac
Chili and macaroni and cheese taste great as separate dishes, but what if you combined them?
This chili mac recipe takes the best of both worlds and combines it into one spectacular dish.
The secret ingredient for this dish is milk. While it doesn’t do much flavor-wise, it helps thicken up the sauce to make it creamy.
If you need anything to swap out, both kidney beans and black beans work great with this recipe. Try them each with different iterations of this dish to see what you like best.
Hamburger casserole is a warm, belly-filling meal that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
This recipe is sure to leave everyone asking for more. The secret ingredient for this recipe is corn, which adds texture and flavor to the overall experience.
If you’re looking to swap things out, you can use cream of mushroom soup instead of cream of chicken.
If you do this, be sure to also swap out the chicken broth for the beef broth to ensure the overall flavor is not compromised.
The cheesesteak is a Philadelphia staple and on its own is a delicious meal worth checking out if you haven’t done so.
This Philadelphia classic gets a pasta twist with this awesome recipe.
The secret ingredient for this recipe is Italian seasoning. It brings out flavors in the ingredients and helps tie the whole dish together.
If you need to swap anything out, try swapping garlic powder for minced garlic. This recipe is so good that you’ll be craving more after your last bite. Or, a trip to Philly. Who can really say?
Beef stroganoff is one of those recipes you’re probably always in the mood to make…if only it didn’t take a lot of time.
Fortunately, with a pressure cooker such as an Instant Pot, you no longer have to give up your favorite foods due to a lack of time.
The secret ingredient in this dish is sour cream, as it makes the sauce creamy and adds just a hint of flavor.
If you’re out of sour cream or can’t find any at the store, you can always swap it out for some plain Greek yogurt or cream cheese, as these offer similar flavor profiles.
Whatever way you go, one thing’s for sure: you’re never going to go back to the old way of cooking beef stroganoff!