Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup

Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

This is a recipe for the laziest nights. No joke. If you can bring yourself to chop an onion, along with a couple cloves of garlic - the rest of this taco soup creation is dump-and-stir. And it's delicious! Here's the deal - you can make it in an Instant Pot. You can make it on a conventional stovetop. It's also occurring to me that it's probably a perfect slow cooker stew as well.

Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

The soup? It is a hearty melding of beans, and corn, and taco spices, and quinoa. I bring the creaminess and crunch factor in via the toppings - toasted pepitas for the later, ripe avocado, and a dollop of yogurt for the creamy.

Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

For reference, this is the Instant Pot I used for this recipe: Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1

Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

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Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup

If you don't have an Instant Pot, you can certainly make this on a conventional stovetop. Instead of pressure cooking simmer until the quinoa is cooked through and the ingredients come together, 30 minutes or so.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons taco seasoning
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
4 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 14-ounce cans pinto beans, rinsed OR 3 1/2 cups cooked pinto beans

1 1/2 cups corn
1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 cup favorite (red) salsa

Serve with: toasted pepitas or almonds, cilantro, avocado, salted yogurt (use non-dairy to keep it vegan), lime wedges

Press the SAUTE button on the Instant Pot, and press it again to bump it to SAUTE MORE. Heat the olive oil in the Instant Pot. When hot, sauté the onion and garlic until softened, 5-7 minutes. Stir in the taco seasoning. Add the quinoa, water, salt, beans, corn, tomatoes, and salsa. Press CANCEL.

Close and seal the pot, and pressure cook on MANUAL for 10 minutes (high). Carefully QUICK RELEASE. Gently shake or tap the pressure cooker, and then carefully open away from you. Taste and adjust with more salt, if needed. Serve as-is, or topped with pepitas, sliced avocado, cilantro, and salted yogurt.

Serves 6-8.

For reference, this is the Instant Pot I used for this recipe: Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1

Prep time: 5 min - Cook time: 10 min

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see it - tag it #101cookbooks on Instagram!
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Hi Heidi! We don't have a pre-mixed "taco seasoning" blend, but we make Mexican all the time so probably have all the components. What does your blend include?


So simple and sounds delicious! I finally bought an Instant Pot last week and I’m excited to test this out. It’s like having a new toy :)

HS: Have fun with it!

Amber H

Same question as Maya! We don't usually buy premade spice mixes because sometimes they have weird stuff in them. What's your fav mix?

HS: Hi Sarah, Ack - I trashed the packing. I think I just grabbed the "organic" one from the seasoning rack. Like, Spicely brand, or Simply Organic....cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, paprika...? I don't know why taco seasoning is one of the ones I rarely blend from scratch...Hope this helps.


Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Can the recipe be adjusted with uncooked beans? Thanks!

Ellen Huang

I used Trader Joe's taco seasoning and this was awesome!

HS: ooh! Thanks for the feedback Lisa. xx!


The Spicely brand taco seasoning has paprika, garlic, pepper, oregano, onion, cumin, and chili, in that order. Hope that helps! Making this tonight :)


Hi Heidi! I am so excited to try this tonight. I have the same Instant Pot as used, and am wondering if you just press pressure cook in order to do Manual? Feel a little foolish asking this, but want to make sure i am doing it correctly.

HS: Yes, that will work!


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