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Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef

Instant Pot frozen ground beef- go from frozen ground beef to dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat! Showing how to cook ground beef so it ends up tender and not tough, and two different ways you can flavor it!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time8 mins
pot coming to pressure5 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 290kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef (frozen)
  • 1 cup water

Taco Meat

Korean Beef

  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (finely grated)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 carrot (shredded; optional)


To Cook Frozen Ground Beef

  • Add 1 cup of water to the insert of an Instant Pot (use 1.5 cups if you have an 8 quart).
  • Add the trivet, and the block of frozen ground beef (removed from the package) on top of the trivet.
  • Put the lid on the Instant Pot, set the valve to 'sealing', and pressure cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • When the timer beeps, immediately release the pressure (quick pressure release).
  • Carefully remove the trivet + ground beef from the Instant Pot and place on a clean plate.
  • Carefully dump out the water from the insert and return to the Instant Pot.
  • Select 'sautee' and add the ground beef plus any seasonings back to the pot.
  • Cook, breaking up the beef with a spatula, until beef is cooked through and sauce is absorbed.

Taco meat

  • When returning the ground beef to the Instant Pot (step 7), add the taco seasoning and ⅔ cup of water.
  • Cook until beef is cooked through and sauce has thickened slightly (2-3 minutes).

Korean beef

  • When returning the ground beef to the Instant Pot (step 7), add all ingredients except for the carrots (garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and black pepper)
  • Cook until beef is cooked through (2-3 minutes).
  • Stir in carrots if desired and enjoy over rice or served in lettuce wraps.


  • Cooked ground beef can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.



This recipe also works with ground turkey (same cook times)


Serving: 1/4 batch taco meat | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg