I know everyone has been on the Instant Pot train for a long time! But, I just hopped on that train and honey, I am hooked! I have to admit, I brought my Instant Pot last year on Black Friday. But, I did not even open the box until a few days ago. Don’t judge me. I think for me, it was just habit of using my slow cooker and I was skeptical of the “Instant Pot hype”. But, I am here to tell you it definitely lives up to the hype!
Now because I live for all things tacos, why not put the instant pot to the test by making taco meat? Everyone has a different way of making taco beef and I am no different. My recipe has some hidden veggies in there and is packed with rich spices and flavors that come together perfectly.
In my opinion, the biggest appeal of the Instant Pot is it doesn’t just cook your food incredibly fast. But, it also has the ability to tie together all those rich and complex flavors you usually achieve when braising in more than half the time. For me, that is something that excites me about this tool. You are able to get dinner on the table without compromising any flavor or complexity to a dish.
So, should you get an Instant Pot? Honestly, I think it’s a necessary tool in most kitchens. You get the benefits of a regular pressure cooker but you also get a lot of added benefits that allows you to make almost anything in the Instant Pot. With each Instant Pot, you can choose from 10-16 smart programs. These already programmed functions allow you to make your favorite dishes by simply pressing a button. And the manual function allows you to be creative and play with different cooking times and textures. If you are an avid cook, you are going to love that manual button. So do you need one? The answer is YES.
INSTANT POT TACO MEAT
WHOLE30 II PALEO II KETO
If you want to keep things Whole30, I recommend serving your taco meat over a salad or inside of lettuce cups with avocado slices and lots of cilantro. If you are not doing a Whole30, I recommend getting your hands on all the Paleo-friendly tortillas by Siete Foods. You will not believe they are gluten-free and grain free. And, if you are done with your Whole30, they are the perfect addition to your food freedom menu.
Beef packed with rich flavors and spices. Ready in 20 minutes.
1 tbsp. ghee
1 lb. grass fed organic ground beef
Salt and pepper
1 red bell pepper (diced)
1 jalapeno pepper (diced)
1 large onion (diced)
2 garlic cloves (finely minced)
1 tsp. smoked paprika
½ tsp. Korean pepper flakes (optional)
1 tsp. chili powder
¼ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. ground coriander
1 tbsp. coconut aminos
1 cup compliant canned crushed tomatoes
freshly chopped cilantro leaves
Start by heating your Instant Pot: select Sauté, click on the Adjust button, select More to select the Sauté More option (which translates to medium-high heat) then wait for the instant pot to read HOT.
Now, add the ghee to the pot and let it melt. Stir in ground beef and sauté (stirring continuously) for about 5 minutes and season with salt and pepper. Then, add the peppers, onions, and garlic to the instant pot and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Now, stir in paprika, Korean pepper flakes, chili powder, cumin, and coriander. Then, add in coconut aminos and crushed tomatoes and stir to deglaze the bottom of the pan.
Now, close the lid and select Meat/Stew and set the time to 10 minutes. When the time is up, let the pressure release naturally (about 10 mins), then open the lid and serve.
Serve inside of lettuce cups with freshly chopped cilantro leaves and avocado slices, or atop a taco salad.