16ounce jartomato salsanot chunky style - mild or spicy
15ounce canblack beansdrained and rinsed
15ounce cancorndrained or rinse
8ouncesdry fusilli or rotini pasta
1cupshredded cheddar cheese
1cupshredded Monterrey Jack cheese
0.5cupcrumbled queso frescoor cojito
sliced avocado, sour cream, black olives, jalapeno slices, diced tomatoes, hot sauceto garnish
Plug in your pressure cooker and press the "Sauté" button. Add the olive oil to the liner when the display reads "HOT". Add the onions and cook until they start to soften, about 3 minutes.
Next, add the garlic, stir and cook for one minute. Add the ground beef and break apart with a wooden spoon. Stir in the taco seasoning and cook until no longer pink.
Pour in the chicken stock and use the wooden spoon/turner to scrape the bottom of the pressure cooker to remove any cooked on bits. We do not want a BURN notice!!
Press the "Cancel" button. Stir in the salsa. Sprinkle the pasta over the liquid but do not stir! Gently press the noodles down just until they are submerged in the liquid.
Sprinkle the drained corn over the pasta, then sprinkle the drained black beans on top of the corn. Again, do not stir!!
Secure the lid and check to make sure the knob is in the "Sealing" position. Press the "Manual or Pressure Cook" button, check to make sure it is High Pressure, and adjust the time to 5 minutes using the + or - buttons.
When the pressure cooker beeps press/turn the knob to release the pressure manually. Stir to combine. Do not panic if it seems to still have a lot of liquid, the pasta will absorb it as it sits.
Add the cheeses and stir to combine. Serve with your choice of toppings.
For a cheesy taco pasta bake - pour into a baking dish and top with 2 cups of shredded cheese. Bake in a 400 degree oven until bubbly, about 10 minutes.
For extra creamy pasta - stir in 2 to 4 ounces of cream cheese and/or 1 cup of sour cream or yogurt before adding the cheeses.
For extra creamy, extra cheesy - do all of the above!!
To use a different type of pasta - cook for half the amount of time listed on the package. Example: my package of pasta lists the time as 9 minutes for al dente, and 11 minutes for fully cooked. I would normally cook my pasta for 10 minutes on the stove, therefore this recipe calls for 5 minutes in a pressure cooker.
You can use package taco seasoning (you will need 1.5 packages) but it contains potato starch and may cause a burn notice if it thickens the liquid too much while cooking. I have not tried this recipe using packaged seasoning.