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Instant Pot Quick and Easy Ground Beef Burrito Bowls

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Instant Pot Ground Beef Burrito Bowls is a regular on our dinner menu! Family dinner ideas that are quick and easy are something that I am always on the hunt for! The flavor of this is fantastic but my very favorite part, aside from the fact that you can add in or substitute anything you want, it’s done in 10 minutes! Do you hear that?! DINNER IN TEN MINUTES!

Life is so busy especially with three kids who are all in completely different stages of life. We are constantly on the go. We need meals that are healthy, quick, and kid friendly. Some of our favorites are 20 Minute Cheesy Pesto Pasta, 20 Minute Cherry Tomato Basil Angel Hair Pasta, 15 Minute Chicken Stir Fry, 15 Minute Pesto Pasta, and 15 Minute Beef Stir Fry.

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This Instant Pot Quick and Easy Ground Beef Burrito Bowls are being added to that list. They are so flavorful and my kids love them! They can put whatever toppings they want on their own bowl. It not only allows them to be creative in the kitchen, but they are also more likely to eat something they have helped cook.

We have been dialing up our instant pot game and creating more recipes for you all, and for us too. I mean, we create recipes for ourselves, but we always have you all in mind too! You can find all of our Instant Pot Recipes here. We have everything from BBQ ribs to peanut butter cup cheesecake.

If you are new to the instant pot or you want a concise list of the cook times for all your basic foods, check out our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet!

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How Do I Make Instant Pot Ground Beef Burrito Bowls?

Like most instant pot recipes that include meat, we start by cooking the meat first. Put your instant pot in “saute” mode and brown your ground beef. We don’t know how we ever lived before getting our ground beef meat chopper (see link below). It is so awesome!

  • What Kind of Ground Beef Should I Use?
    • Before you ask, we prefer to use 85/15 ground beef. It has just enough fat to have delicious flavor but not so much that your dish is greasy.

After you have browned the ground beef, you can add the seasonings (garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin coriander and oregano) and diced onions with some olive oil and saute them until the onions start to soften and the ground beef is cooked. Then add some olive oil and the uncooked rice. We have found that sauteing the rice for a minute or two gives it such a great flavor.

Add the last four ingredients (black beans, canned tomatoes, corn and beef broth) and give everything a good stir. You can totally swap these four ingredients for other things you love…pinto beans instead of black perhaps! Put the lid on your instant pot, lock it and set it to “manual” high pressure for 7 minutes.

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Quick Release or Natural Release?

When the instant pot has done it’s thing, you will want to do a quick pressure release. When the pressure has gone down, you can open the lid and give the rice a good fluff. Add the cheese to the top and put the lid back on for a minute or two until the cheese has melted.

What Toppings Should I put on My Burrito Bowl?

Then you can dish up bowls for everyone and let everyone put the toppings on that they want. It’s like choose your own burrito bowl adventure! We like to sort of make a burrito bowl bar with all the toppings out so everyone can personalize their bowl. The kids go crazy for this! Here are some of our favorite toppings:

  • cheese
  • tomatoes, diced
  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickled)
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • sliced olives
  • tortilla strips
  • lime wedges

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Can I Use Frozen Ground Beef?

Now, I know that no one wants to think about getting meat out to defrost, but it really is best to use thawed meat. And just in case you don’t, I tried partially thawed ground beef and it totally worked. NOT frozen, but frozen in the center. Hope my efforts to test help a stressed out mom. If it does, please send gift cards for hot french fries to, Carrian… oh just kidding, fresh baked bread will do as well. 😉

What Size Instant Pot Do I Need?

We have had a lot of questions about what instant pot is the best. We still love our 6 Qt 9 Function Instant Pot. It is the perfect size for our family of 5. If you’re feeding more people, you might want to look into the 8qt size. If you’re cooking for one or two people, then the 3qt will be just fine.

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How Do I Clean My Instant Pot?

You can clean an instant pot same way you would an other nice pan. We like to clean it by hand in the sink rather than putting it in the dishwasher. We share all our tips for cleaning an instant pot in here.

What Do I Do if I Get a Burn Error on My Instant Pot?

If you get a burn error on your instant pot, you’re fired! Haha! Just kidding, it can totally happen. Head over to our post for our Award Winning Healthy Turkey Instant Pot Chili where we go into details about what can cause the burn error, how to avoid it, and how to fix it.

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You are going to love this fast and easy family dinner! Dinner on the table in 10 minutes?! Are you out of your mind?! Instant Pot Quick and Easy Ground Beef Burrito Bowls should be next on your dinner menu!

 
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Instant Pot Quick and Easy Ground Beef Burrito Bowls

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
A flavorful ground beef and rice Mexican dish

Ingredients

Bowls

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef 85/15
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1/2 Yellow onion minced
  • 1 Cup of uncooked extra-long grain rice
  • 1 14.5 oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes with Diced Green Chiles drained
  • 1 15 oz can of Black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 Cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 Teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Onion powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Smoked Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons of Chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 2 1/4 Cups Beef Broth
  • 1 cup of colby jack cheese shredded

Toppings

  • Cheese
  • Tomatoes chopped
  • Avocado chopped
  • Sour Cream
  • Jalapeno sliced

Instructions

  • Press the Saute button, and adjust button to, More.
  • Once hot, add ground beef to the pot, using a ground beef chopper to break up the meat.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the onions and seasonings and cook until onions start to soften.
  • Add an additional tablespoon of olive oil and uncooked rice and toast uncooked rice for a minute.
  • Stir in black beans, canned tomatoes, corn, and broth.
  • Lock Instant Pot lid in place and set to Manual, High Pressure for 7 minutes.
  • Use Quick Pressure Release, and once pressure drops, open Instant Pot and fluff the rice.
  • Sprinkle with the cheese, recover and let set for 1-2 minutes to melt cheese.
  • Garnish with fresh tomatoes, sour cream etc.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Quick and Easy Ground Beef Burrito Bowls
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 600 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 676mg29%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 37g74%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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12 comments

  • OMG !! This is very good flavor exactly like store or Mexican Restaurant meal !! I’ve been making like Mexican flavor meal for long time. But always flavor is not quite right like pro made. Even same ingredients recipe. I think amount of every spice combination are well balanced this recipe.

    Thank you so much. Definitely keep as one of my favorite recipe !!

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    • Yay! Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Just wondering if you rinsed the rice before adding to thcIP for toasting?

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    • I don’t usually, but you definitely can!

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  • I don’t have an instant pot, can this be done in a skillet pan?

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    • Absolutely! Just saute the beef on the stove top and then the onions. Follow all the rest of the instructions and then cook on the stove for about 25 minutes on medium/low heat.

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  • These look delicious!

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    • Thank you!!

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  • I see where it references adding “an additional tablespoon of olive oil” in step 4, but no reference to the first two. Where are the first two added?

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    • Oopsies! Those other 2 tablespoons should go in with the onions in step 3. Thank you for letting us know! I’ll go in and fix that now.

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      • Would this work with long-grain brown rice? Would it require extra cooking time?

      • Hi Aimee! Great question! Yes, it will definitely work. Add an additional 1/2 cup of broth and cook for 25 minutes. Enjoy!

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