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Preheat the oven to 375F if baking in the oven after. Alternatively, use Air Fryer Lid for baking.
Mix all the ingredients for the meat layer in one of the stackable pans.
Mix all the ingredients for the potato layer in the second stackable pan. Cover with a lid.
Follow instructions from your stackable pans insert to secure both pans.
Add 2 cups of cold water to your Instant Pot. Place the stackable pans inside the Instant Pot.
Close the lid of your Instant Pot and turn the valve to Sealing.
Press Manual or Pressure Cooker button (depending on your model) and use the arrows to select 25 minutes. It should take about 17 minutes to come to pressure.
Once Instant Pot beeps that the 25 minutes of cooking are done, do a quick release. This should take about 2 minutes. Alternatively, you could do a natural pressure release. IMPORTANT: read the note below about cooking time.
Carefully open Instant Pot and remove the stackable inserts.
Mash the potatoes. No need to drain them.
Lightly mix the meat layer with a fork to break up the meat. Cover the meat with the mashed potatoes and smooth the top.Note, if your stackable insert pans can't go in the oven, then transfer the meat to an oven-safe casserole dish and layer mashed potatoes over it.
Place the pan in the oven for 10 (or 20-30) minutes. Then broil for another 3-5 minutes until the top browns.Alternatively, if you have an Air Fryer Lid, then drain the water from Instant Pot, place the pan back into Instant Pot and use Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid to bake at 375F for 10-15 minutes.
Let cool slightly and serve.
Important note about cooking time.Over the course of the last year I have done countless tests in terms of Pot in Pot cooking. Pot in Pot cooking technique refers to using another vessel/container/pot inside Instant Pot. Just like these stackable inserts in this recipe.I have noticed that my Instant Pot Smart WIFI model takes TWICE as long to cook anything using Pot in Pot cooking method, than my Instant Pot DUO Plus. So, 25 minutes cooking time would not be enough for that model and it would need at a minimum 45-50 minutes. As a result, I never use that model for this recipe, and I exclusively use DUO Plus model.Timing may be different for your particular model of Instant Pot.