Instant Pot Turkey Taco Salad

When you think of Instant Pot, you think of SALAD, right? Well you should! This delicious one-pot meal has so much flavor, everyone will think you simmered all day. Little do they know it takes only 20 minutes from start to fork! The Instant Pot (get yours here: makes it possible!

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Tender, juicy ground turkey–never dry thanks to the moist heat of the Instant Pot–is cooked with fresh salsa and pinto beans, then served over crisp lettuce topped with creamy avocado and just s sprinkle of cheese. Add a few crunchy chips and you have a filling, healthy, high-protein meal that everyone will love!

Try serving this fun recipe buffet-style. Kids–and young-at-heart guests–love making their own bowls of this tasty treat. Start with bowls of lettuce and line up the remaining ingredients in cute self-serve containers. Kids will want to load up on the cheese, while carb-conscious adults might skip the chips. Everyone’s happy!

Pro Tip: You get to decide how much heat you want to bring to this party. Want to amp up the sizzle factor? Use a hot salsa, and/or dice a jalapeno and throw it in with the salsa in step 3. Heat not your thing? Choose a mild salsa and cut it with diced canned or fresh tomatoes.

This delicious one-pot meal is has so much flavor, everyone will think you simmered all day.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 16 oz tub refrigerated fresh salsa
  • 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, cut into pieces
  • 9 oz bag tortilla chips
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1 cup grated cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
  • 6 oz can sliced black olives (optional)


  1. Add olive oil to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function and adjust to HIGH or MORE.
  2. When oil gets hot, add the turkey, salt and pepper and brown the meat until no pink remains.
  3. Stir in half the salsa and the drained pinto beans.
  4. Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  5. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 4 minutes.
  6. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 4 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the remaining salsa and sour cream.
  8. Divide the lettuce, chips, turkey/bean mixture, avocado, cheese and olives (if using) among bowls. Serve with the salsa-sour cream dressing.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.