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A creamy ground beef and rice casserole with little bits of carrots and covered in gooey cheese all made in an Instant Pot! It’s the most popular recipe on our site and now our Instant Pot Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Casserole takes only 10 minutes from start to finish!

A photo of a scoop of cheesy ground beef and rice casserole being removed from an orange casts iron skillet with a wooden spoon.

Growing up, my mom called this busy day casserole because it was quick and easy to put together and throw in the oven to be ready at dinner time. With the Instant Pot, you can make this not only on a busy day, but on an ultra crazy insane day, which it seems like we are having more and more of here. Instant Pot Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Casserole for the win!!!!   

Our original cheesy ground beef and rice casserole gets hundreds of pins every month. We just knew we had to create a recipe for the Instant Pot to make it an even quick and easier weeknight meal for your family.

Just like the original recipe, we have created two versions for this Instant Pot recipe. One is the super quick version, and one is the from scratch version. We like to make everything from scratch as often as possible, but sometimes life is crazy and you just need to open a can and pour it in to get dinner on the table.

A photo of a serving of cheesy ground beef casserole on a purple plate with a fork and spoon sitting on the side of the plate.

Quick and Easy Version

For the quick and easy version, you want to start by turning your Instant Pot to “more” on the Saute mode. Saute the ground beef until it is mostly cooked through and then add the onion and garlic salt. Cook that for a few minutes and then drain any excess grease. Then add the cream of mushroom soup, water and carrots and stir everything together well. Add the rice to the top and push it down slightly so it is just submerged under the liquid.

Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to “Seal”. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes and then allow a quick release by turning the valve to open it. Give everything a good stir. You can add the cheese to the top then or we really like to place everything into an oven safe pan and then top with cheese and stick it unto the oven on broil to melt the cheese.

A photo cheesy ground beef and rice casserole in an orange cast iron skillet topped with melted cheesy and chopped fresh parsley.

From Scratch Version

For the from scratch version, we are going to make our own cream of mushroom soup. We start with the same steps of sauteing the ground beef and onions and removing it and draining the excess grease. Then it is time to make the cream of mushroom soup.

With the Instant Pot still on saute, add the butter, onion, garlic and mushrooms and saute it until everything is tender. Whisk everything with the flour for about 30 seconds. Add the cream, chicken broth and seasonings and whisk until it all comes together and thickens. Then you can add the rest of the ingredients except the rice (water, garlic salt, carrots, previously cooked ground beef and onions) and stir everything thoroughly. Add the rice on top and push it down slightly so it is submerged in the liquid.

Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set the valve to “Seal” and set it to high pressure for 6 minutes and then quick release when it has finished cooking. From there you can follow the instructions given in the quick version for melting the cheese.

A photo of a scoop of cheesy ground beef and rice casserole being removed from an orange casts iron skillet with a wooden spoon.

Make it How You Like It

One of the things I love about casseroles is that you can totally change things up to fit your family’s likes. You can add different vegetables (broccoli, green beans, corn, etc), you use cooked shredded chicken instead of beef, or you use different cheeses for the top (pepper jack for some heat maybe?). This recipe is so versatile!

A photo cheesy ground beef and rice casserole in an orange cast iron skillet topped with melted cheesy and chopped fresh parsley.

Picky Eater Solution

I’ve mentioned several times that I was a picky eater growing up…sorry mom! Now my pickiness has come full circle and I have picky eaters of my own. Bless them! They love this casserole just like I did growing up. It is the cure to picky eater syndrome, and it even is getting vegetables in their bodies! Woop woop! I only wish I could find 10 more recipes they all will eat! A girl can dream!

A photo of a serving of cheesy ground beef casserole on a purple plate with a fork and spoon sitting on the side of the plate.

So there it is! One of our most popular recipes now made Instant Pot friendly. You’re welcome! You will love this simple, comforting and flavorful casserole in just 10 minutes!

Instant Pot Dinner RECIPES

Looking for a few different Instant Pot dinner recipes other than our Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Casserole? Here are just a few to get you started: Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff, Instant Pot Taco Soup, Award Winning Instant Pot Chili, Award Winning Healthy Turkey Instant Pot Chili, Instant Pot Smothered BBQBeef Burritos, Easy Instant Pot Honey Chicken, Smoky BBQ Instant Pot Ribs, BBQ Instant Pot Whole Chicken, and finally, Award Winning Instant Pot Turkey.

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A creamy ground beef and rice casserole covered in gooey cheese all made in an Instant Pot! You'll love Instant Pot Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Casserole!

Instant Pot Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Casserole

3.13 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 5 -7
A creamy ground beef and rice casserole with little bits of carrots and covered in gooey cheese all made in an instant pot electric pressure cooker!

Ingredients

Quick Version

  • 1.3 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1/3 Cup minced Onion
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 Can Roasted Garlic Cream of Mushroom Soup or regular cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 Cup uncooked Long Grain White Rice
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Carrots sliced
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cheddar or colby jack cheese sliced or shredded

From Scratch

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 cup minced white button mushroom
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1.3 lbs Ground Beef cooked
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 Cup Carrots sliced
  • 1 Cup uncooked Long Grain White Rice
  • Cheddar or colby Jack Cheese sliced or shredded- about 9 slices

Instructions

Quick Version

  • Heat the instant pot to "more" on the saute mode.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until almost cooked through, add the onion and garlic salt and saute for a total of 3-5 minutes.
  • Drain excess grease.
  • Add the soup, water and carrots and stir well to combine.
  • Add the rice on top and push it down so it is just submerged under the liquid.
  • Add the lid and set the valve to seal.
  • Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Allow a quick release by turning the valve, stir everything together and either add the cheese or we like to pop it in a dish and cover with cheese under the broiler.

From Scratch

  • Heat the instant pot to saute and add the ground beef and onion per above instructions.
  • Remove the meat to a plate and drain off grease.
  • Keep the instant pot on saute and add the butter, onion, garlic and mushrooms. Cook until tender and whisk in the flour for 30 seconds.
  • Add the cream, broth and seasoning and continue to cook on saute until bubbling and thick.
  • Quickly add all ingredients into the pot, stir well and add the lid.
  • Set the valve to seal and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • Follow remaining instructions above.

Notes

You can add any additional seasonings or veggies. You can also use shredded, cooked chicken instead of beef.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 /2 cup)
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 495mg22%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A photo of a scoop of cheesy ground beef and rice casserole being removed from an orange casts iron skillet with a wooden spoon.

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15 comments

  • has anyone tried to freeze this to eat later?

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    • Yes absolutely! Cook it completely without the cheese, and then allow it to cool completely. Then freeze it. Put the cheese on it and warm it up in the oven….350 degrees for about 30 minutes if you’re cooking from frozen. You could also let it thaw in the fridge overnight, then add the cheese and warm it up in the oven.

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  • I like the recipe. It was a good no hassle meal. I checked all of my seals prior to starting and also got the burn notice with quite a bit of scorched rice. Luckily I had quite a bit of extra ingredients on hand.

    I cleaned out the pot and started over. This time, I mixed everything together except the rice. I poured the rice on top and gently submerged it under the top layer of liquid. 

    No burn notice. 👍🏼

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    • Hi Kristoper! Yes, that is exactly what we do. I just looked at the post again and realized I wasn’t clear on that step. The recipe card and post has been updated. Thank you for your feedback!

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  • I don’t know what happened, but my instant pot didn’t get a burn notice but it didn’t pressurize either! I ended up just taking the lid off and putting it back on saute for 15 minutes or so, stirring often, until the rice was cooked through. I included all the ingredients and stirred well and fully expected the recipe to work, but it didn’t. So weird.

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    • That is so weird! I’ve never had that happen. Way to improvise!

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  • I wouldn’t recommend the From Scratch version of this to anyone. We followed the exact instructions and used 90/10 ground beef. Sliced a carrot with zero instructions on when to add it.  This all resulted in a burn notice from the instant pot. Dumped everything out and the entire bottom was completely scorched. Wasted time and ingredients on this not so well thought out recipe. My mistake for not reading the other reviews. 

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    • Hi Cat. I’m so sorry you had problems with this recipe. The sliced carrot goes in as part of step #6 when it says “add the ingredients to the pot”. We have made this dozens of times without any problems with the burn notice. If the instructions are followed precisely, there shouldn’t be any issues. There is plenty of liquid in the recipe to avoid the burn notice problem. Again, I apologize for the frustration!

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  • I had the same issue as the commenter  below- My IP didn’t come to pressure and the bottom of the mixture scorched. I’m going to try to salvage by adding more liquid and trying to get it to pressurized.

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    • Hi Kimi! I’m so sorry you had issue with the Instant Pot! We have made this dozens of times and have never had an issue. Did you use super lean ground beef? Was everything mixed thoroughly? There is plenty of liquid in this, so it shouldn’t be burning to the bottom.

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  • So my instapot had the burn signal and rice wasn’t cooked all the way and it stuck to the bottom. What can I do to fix this in the future? Thanks!

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    • This happened to me too!  I had to transfer to a different pan and finish on the stove! 

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  • Question on “cook on high pressure for 6 minutes” is that after pressure has been acheived? Or just 6 minutes without letting it get to full pressure? I always am confused on that part.

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    • If you set your Instant Pot to high and then set it for 6 minutes, it will take several minutes to come to full pressure and then cook it for 6 minutes. Does that make sense?

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