Instant Pot Ground Beef with Spicy Tomatillo Sauce
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Ground Beef with Spicy Tomatillo Sauce

Instant Pot Ground Beef with Spicy Tomatillo Sauce is a bold combination of beef and tomatillos that's amazing on rice, in burritos and more!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef, Instant Pot, pressure cooker, tomatillos
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 294kcal
Author: Admin


  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp ginger root peeled and chopped
  • 1 ea onion sliced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 7 tomatillos outer shell removed, washed and halved
  • 2 green chiles roasted, seeds and membranes removed and finely diced
  • 2 ancho chiles dry, stem and seeds removed
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1 tsp salt or more to taste


  • Add oil to the Instant Pot, and combine garlic, ginger root, and onion and saute for 1-2 minutes until slightly soft.
  • Break up the thawed ground beef and add to the Instant Pot along with the paprika, chili powder, tomatillos, green chile and ancho chiles.
  • Break up the ground beef even more with a spatula or spoon as the ingredients blend together on saute for an additional 3-4 minutes, being sure to scrape up the garlic, ginger and spices from the bottom to flavor the ground beef.
  • Pour in 1/4 C. water and then place the lid on the Instant Pot, seal the valve, and set the pot for 15 minutes at high pressure (manual).
  • Once the pot beeps done, release the pressure, and use a potato masher to mash up any remaining chunks of ground beef, and help break down the tomatillos. Add salt, more or less to taste.
  • Give it a good stir and cover with the lid until ready to serve.


*Although you are only using 1/4 C. of liquid, the natural juices of the ground beef contributes to the requirement that the Instant Pot has to get to pressure.
*If you are without an Instant Pot, simply saute the garlic, ginger and onions in your Dutch Oven, then add the ground beef, tomatillos, chile, and spices and increase the water to 1/2 C and allow to simmer, covered, until tomatillos are soft and ground beef is cooked through.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 557mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3524IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 3mg