25 Instant Pot Ground Beef Recipes

Versatile should be the second name to instant pot ground beef. This is because of the many methods one gets to choose from when cooking. Alternatively, you can use fresh meats or frozen ground beef.  

This makes it easier for you in cases where you forget to remove the ground beef to thaw in time for prepping dinner. Whichever option you settle for, the family will be impressed with your cooking skills. 

Instant pot ground beef gives you the desired results without you breaking a sweat.

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All of your regular visitors will be lining up for the recipes, and I have ensured that you will be leaving them begging for the secret each time you prepare ground beef in a completely different way from the first.

What is an instant pot?

It is a multi-cooker brand that incorporates the functions of a pressure cooker and a slow cooker. It comes in various brands and sizes. Some have more functions than others. 

Why should you invest in one?

If you have considered whether to take the leap and get yourself an instant pot, this settles your pros and cons list. An instant pot would save you space in the kitchen and loads of time. 

In addition, an instant pot would turn your meal prep days from a boring to-do list to an activity that saves you time. I have been able to cook a week’s worth of lunches in about an hour!

How safe is an instant pot?

The selling point of instant pots has been their ability to automatically adjust to the keep warm setting once the food is cooked.

This not only clears the smell of burnt food from your house but also maintains the food at a temperature that makes it impossible for bacteria to breed, which may cause stomach upsets.

How long does ground beef cook in an instant pot?

This will depend on the settings you have chosen and the size of the ground beef. If you choose high pressure, it should take about 6 minutes.

What is the estimated time of cooking frozen ground beef in an instant pot?

Frozen ground beef takes slightly longer to cook, but this does not mean that you have to change your dinner plans. With an instant pot, frozen ground beef can take up to 30 minutes, and you will have dinner ready. 

Easy Ground Beef Instant Pot Recipes

As promised, I have put together easy instant pot ground beef recipes that would leave your friends and relatives begging for the cooking secret, leave you loads of time to unwind while making meal prepping less of a chore. 

1. Instant Sloppy Joes


Sloppy joes are packed as a sandwich that many cannot resist. The main ingredients are Ground beef, green pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. 

Sloppy joes are known for their loose meat, which can tend to be messy when handling. In case of any issues, you do not have to ditch the recipe altogether. You can use cornstarch to make it super thick, which will, in turn, reduce the mess you will make when handling. March 18th is a whole holiday for sloppy joes – how sway? You do not have to wait till then to make one.

Here is the recipe. 

2. Korean Ground Beef


You will have to get used to reading about how delicious and easy to make these recipes are because it runs across the board. 

Whatever you do, do not substitute light soy sauce with regular or any other type of soy sauce, for that matter.  You may want to regulate the amount of brown sugar to your liking.  I found this recipe very kid-friendly as it was mild on the use of spices.

Here is the recipe.

3. Ground beef and vegetable skillet


My kids enjoy it when I make this for them. It has become our household staple as I have to make it once a week. A good amount of time is saved since I use leftover vegetables to make this food quickly.

A good number of vegetables will do justice to this meal. However, if you are health conscious, lean ground beef will be the option to turn this recipe into a healthy lower-fat diet. 

Here is the recipe.

4. Mexican Ground Beef Casserole


Like most of the other ground beef recipes, this meal is filling and delicious. But, as the name suggests, be prepared for lots of chilies as Mexicans love.

Considering you are making this at the comfort of your home, this is the part of the recipe I would encourage you to substitute to your liking. However, you will still enjoy this recipe when you add some sour cream to reduce the chili’s impact or altogether reduce the amount of chili used in preparation. 

This meal is also perfect for those on the keto diet. It is heavy on protein and veggies with no Carbs in sight!

Here is the recipe

5. Mongolian ground beef


Using sesame seeds for garnishing is the secret ingredient to this meal. If there is anything you would want to substitute, please do not leave out the sesame seeds.

 I know I am guilty of doing this once in a while. While following recipes, I tend to add a twist, depending on what is available in my pantry. With the absence of chicken stock, water will do just fine in this recipe. 

Here is the recipe.

6. Ground Beef and Broccoli


To get this meal ready, it only takes half an hour or less. Additionally, all ingredients used are easily found in your pantry, thus no added expense. 

You will need onions, ginger, and broccoli. I am sure these are available or can be sourced conveniently. This is my go-to tasty meal on a budget.

Here is the recipe.

7. American Goulash


For the cold days or an easy pick-me-up meal, you will never go wrong with American Goulash. This is a high-effort high reward option. The good thing is that most of the cooking does not require your active involvement. I would recommend it for the days when nothing is going your way and you want to get something right.

The outcome will be well worth the wait. You will quickly forget the relatively long waiting time as soon as you have your first bite. 

Ensure to have it while it is still hot. It will quickly raise the temperature and leave you feeling like a warm blanket has been wrapped around you. 

Here is the recipe

8. Traditional Meatloaf


Meatloaf is a household favorite. This recipe just takes 30 minutes of your time. My preferred accompaniment is serving meatloaf with macaroni and cheese. 

You could try having it like that or maybe with mashed potatoes as recommended in the recipe. Another hint for you is that you need to saute the onions and bell pepper. This process helps them release more of their moisture into the meatloaf. 

Meatloaf is a guaranteed home run, and you’ll be having seconds.

Here is the recipe.

9. Ground Beef Bulgogi


This meal offers you savory, spicy, and slightly sweet in one mouthful. It is the perfect playdate for your tastebuds. This traditional Korean dish gets its name from the sauce made of black pepper, garlic, ginger, onion, sesame oil (of course you can substitute), sesame seeds, soy sauce, sugar, and rice wine. 

Bulgogi, loosely translated, means fire meat. I like it when I can tell my guests a little background information about the meals I am serving them, and now you too can do that.

Here is the recipe.

10. Ground beef and broccoli fried rice


Occasionally, you can also make stir-fried rice, so why not try it paired with broccoli and served with ground beef for a change. Then, to top it up, you can garnish with some sesame seeds and present it like the chef you are. 

Even for those who do not think much of broccoli, this dish will leave you with some room for thought giving broccoli more appreciation than you previously had.

Here is the recipe.

11. Green bean and ground beef stir fry


What makes this a hearty meal is a marinade thrown over the ground beef and left to soak in all the ingredients for 20 minutes as you handle the other part of preparation. The marinade makes the ground beef stir-fried very flavorful. 

The ingredients are well paired. The chili garlic sauce, brown sugar, grated ginger root, and rice vinegar make a hymn for the tastebuds. You will be humming your way through each mouthful.

Here is the recipe.

12. Instant pot lasagna


Lasagna spells stuffed creamy, melty cheese. The instant pot, a wooden spatula, a cutting board, and a measuring cup will make your work easier when making this meal. 

I can only describe this meal as delicious. I have never heard of anyone going wrong, and you surely will not be the first!

Here is the recipe.

13. Mexican lasagna


Lasagna being mostly an Italian dish, this recipe gives it a Mexican twist. The refried beans are optional if it’s too much for you, but this is what makes the lasagna more Mexican than Italian. At least go all in by replacing the noodles with tortillas. 

This meal is a perfect twist because people will expect plain lasagna only to be hit with a Mexican twist. So go ahead and enjoy yourself while having this.

Here is the recipe.

14. Instant pot Ground beef and sweet potato chili


This recipe is a burst of flavor. The sweet potatoes counter the chili in a way that creates a beautiful blend. It makes you believe that good and evil can co-exist. 

If this meal does not remind you that life is just about balance, I do not know what else will. It is literally like having yoga in your mouth. So go ahead and make some for yourself to have a taste of what I am describing.

Here is the recipe.

15. Instant pot hamburgers


I told you instant pot saves you kitchen space. You don’t need a grill to make hamburgers at all. Your instant pot is a one-stop-shop for juicy burgers that do not need you standing over the grill while others are having fun. 

In a record 6 minutes, you will whip out your burgers, and the instant pot ensures you have enough to go round in less time.

Here is the recipe. 

16. Porcupine meatballs


To clear all doubt, the meatballs are made of ground beef, and porcupine is not used anywhere in making the dish. The name comes from the meatballs, which appear prickly.

This recipe does not need an oven to make the meatballs. However, instant pot does save you kitchen space. I cannot wait for you to try out this recipe. 

Here is the recipe.

17. Philly cheesesteak ground beef and rice


For sure, once you try this method, you will never go back to your traditional method of making rice. The mozzarella and cheddar cheese are the icings on the cake. This is a heartful meal packed with flavor. I like how the cheese strings tag as you direct a spoonful of this dish into your mouth.

 I am already salivating, remembering the delight this meal left me with. You have to try it out yourself.

Here is the recipe.

18. Instant pot beef and shells


As already established with all other instant pot ground beef recipes, the cooking time is short. This recipe takes a maximum of 30 minutes to prepare, and it is pure comfort food.

 If you are searching for a meal filled with cream and cheese, give lasagna a break and give this a try. It is rich and tasty and is best served hot. 

Something about leftovers just makes the meal hit differently than it did the first time you had it. So be sure to make lots of this dish as your family will be fighting for the leftovers.

Here is the recipe.

19. Taco casserole


This is a Mexican dish that is well paired with rice and beans. You will just need to pour the correct measurements into the pot and watch the magic happen. 

Because we already have rice and beans in the mix, you can go lower on the ground beef, leaving you with much of the ground beef to prepare another meal. 

Also, you could use ground beef that was leftover when you prepared one of the other recipes in this list.

You will love the taste of this meal as it gives you your protein intake at a lower cost. 

Here is the recipe.

20. Ground beef stroganoff


Stroganoff has always been known to take time as most good meals do, but thanks to the instant pot, this meal is quite ready and just as good as you know it tastes in 30 minutes. 

Make sure to scrape off the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. This ensures that the pot does not raise a burn alarm. 

Using yellow onions adds a twist to this meal, but if they are not locally available for you, the white onions just work as well.

Here is the recipe.

21. Instant Ground Beef tacos


Taco is many kids’ favorite meal. Some would have it all week long if you let them. This recipe not only acknowledges that hence is very kid-friendly and goes slow on the chili. 

However, you are not limited to sticking to that if you are making the tacos for yourself. You can adjust the spicing to your liking. Have it go a notch higher if the spices tickle your fancy.

Here is the recipe

22. Ground beef with rice and vegetables


This meal takes me less time to prepare. The versatility of having a staple diet cook in one pot warms my heart. I usually have the solids together then later ass the liquids once the solids are well mixed. 

You should be careful to add the liquid just in time before they get stuck at the bottom of the pot. If your vegetables are frozen, you can just throw them in. It saves you the wait for them to thaw. 

If you have room-temperature vegetables, this is also okay because it does not affect the meal’s outcome. In addition, the latter option would only take lesser time. 

This is because frozen foods tend to lower the temperature hence the reason why the food takes slightly longer as the pot needs to rebuild the high cooking temperature.

Here is the recipe

23. Ground beef hamburger helper


This is a tasty meal that will no doubt have you going back for seconds. A flavorful dish that is also simple to make. The meal ides was introduced way back in 1971 when there was a shortage of meat, and hence it became unaffordable for most people. 

It is still a delicious option that is a go-to for many on those lazy days. I make it when I want something that tastes good, but I am not willing to take my time to make the meal.

Here is the recipe

24. Cheesy Ground beef and noodles


The people in my life genuinely enjoy when I make them this dish. The creaminess, cheesiness, and tastiness of this meal are unmatched. 

You have to try it yourself. It features highly in my category of low effort, high reward meals. You get the tinge of butter, and in between, the cheddar and mozzarella take over your taste buds. It’s delightful. 

All the ingredients are well infused. It is like a musical performance by the orchestra, and all the artists are well trained. A musical in your mouth. Very heartwarming.

Here is the recipe

    1. Rice and Hamburger Casserole in your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi!

Ever tried Rice with a cheesy taste and some mouthwatering beef to wash it down? Well, this is the dish that does exactly that !! After a long day in the office, who doesn’t want to indulge in this amazing plate party. Make sure all the required ingredients are sorted out then take this magical journey within your kitchen. Melted Cheese on top of the sweet-smelling aroma of the simmering ground hamburger beef with rice can never go wrong.

Here is the recipe.


Can I emphasize enough how much you need to try these recipes? They not only make your meals a quick fix, but they also leave you satisfied, with fewer dishes on the sink and a full belly.

Your friends and relatives will be in the kitchen asking to be shown your tricks. Substitute ingredients if you must, but most of the recipes use readily available ingredients in your pantry. 

I am here to save you time and money and give you that much-needed rest while also accomplishing your meal prep. So go for those recipes that require a hands-off approach for those days, and you will surprise yourself that the food is ready.

The instant pot is your home chef following your instructions to the latter and making your meals just how you like them. With ground beef, the process is made much more straightforward and the outcome tastier.

All good things have to come to an end; I know you have had a blast with my suggestions of what to cook in your instant pot with ground beef.

I know you will enjoy making the meals as much as I have enjoyed putting together everything for you. So say goodbye to long kitchen hours and endless thinking of what to cook.


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