Instant Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe

Posted on Jun 22 2017 - 11:45pm by Susan Bewley

Looking for a delicious & easy taco recipe you can make at home? Check out our super yummy Instant Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe here!

Do you sometimes find yourself struggling to find the perfect meal on busy weeknights? I will freely admit, I pretty much live by my pressure cooker and slow cooker since they both allow me to make meals the whole family love without a great deal of prep or time spent in the kitchen. The only difference is one I can’t really put off until the last minute (the downside of the slow cooker). Thankfully, I have my Instant Pot or Fagor Lux to save me if I need a quick, flavorful meal that nearly everyone will love. Best of all, I can make just about any recipe I can imagine, including chicken tacos!

That’s right, I can make truly delicious, flavorful chicken tacos right in my pressure cooker. Best of all, they are made using ingredients that are staples of any kitchen (including the taco seasoning). Oh, and did I mention it is a fraction of the cost of chicken tacos you can get from fast food or your preferred Mexican restaurant? Yeah, they really are that great! I am honestly so happy my friend David from Food N Service shared this delicious recipe with me!

Are you ready to try our super easy and delicious Instant Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe? Just ready the recipe below and tell us what you think in the comments below!

4.9 from 33 reviews
Instant Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe
A delicious, very easy chicken taco recipe that can be made right in your electric pressure cooker!
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Pressure Cooker
Serves: serves 7
  • Taco seasoning Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Chicken Taco Ingredients
  • 3 lbs thin sliced chicken
  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ teaspoons taco seasoning
  1. To make the taco seasoning, mix well and set to the side. You make this in batches.
  2. Place chicken, water, and 1 teaspoon of taco seasoning into your pressure cooker.
  3. Place on High Manual Pressure for 15 minutes. Let sit and slowly release pressure for 5 minutes, and then open the release valve.
  4. With a wooden spoon or metal tongs, break up the chicken breasts until shredded.
  5. Add remaining taco seasoning mix to pot and stir well. Place on sauté mode for 5 minutes to reduce liquid and reinforce flavors.
  6. Serve with your favorite toppings on a soft shell tortilla!




Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

74 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Daryl June 23, 2017 at 2:49 am - Reply

    This looks good.

  2. Carolyn Massey June 23, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    We live Mexican and usually go to Taco Bell for a quick meal. This recipe looks yummy and my family would love it. I use my crock pot a lot also so this is great. Easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lyndsey R. June 23, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    I love everything Mexican and these looks so easy to make! Going to try these next week for sure!

  4. denise low June 23, 2017 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    We have never tried chicken in our tacos yet. It sounds good.

  5. Minta Boggs June 23, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Everything looks delicious except the flour tortilla since we have to eat gluten free doctor’s orders! Honestly is all looks good.

  6. Deborah D June 23, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    I must get an instant pot. This recipe sounds delicious!

  7. Danielle Williams June 24, 2017 at 8:11 am - Reply

    These looks amaizng!!!!

    • Sara June 27, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      Theses chicken tacos look yummy

  8. Linda Manns Linneman June 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    This sounds so good. What a great family meal. Thank you for sharing this. I will be making this soon

  9. Anita Jude June 24, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Oh wow this looks delicious and its sounds amazing

  10. Ronald Gagnon June 24, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    We actually had tacos last night, but it took ground beef, refried beans,diced tomatoes,lettuce,sour cream and salsa..and about 45 minutes….this recipe is fantastic

  11. Stacey A Smith June 24, 2017 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    sound tasty but don’t have a cooker

  12. April Monty June 28, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    These look super easy and delicious my guys would love them.

  13. Marcella N June 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    My family loves chicken tacos! It’s one of our go-to meals during the week.

  14. Abigail Adams June 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    This looks yummy! I wonder if it’d work in a crock pot?

  15. Sarah Guerriero June 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Looks amazing! I love chicken recipes and slow cooker recipes because I have 2 under 3 and that cooker is a life saver!

  16. Jay Jackson June 30, 2017 at 8:05 am - Reply

    This looks delicious, thanks for the recipe. I will have to add this to my must make list.

  17. Kristi June 30, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    We love our instant pot and are looking for quick meals as we have a baby! This looks perfect!

  18. Amy Tolley July 1, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

    this recipe sounds yummy and pretty easy to make..thanks for sharing with us.

  19. Linda Szymoniak July 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    I make my pork carnitas in my instant pot. I’ve cooked chicken in it for other things – I hadn’t thought to make my chicken tacos in it. I might have to chunk the chicken instead of shredding, though. My husband is pickier than a little kid and doesn’t like shredded meat of any kind.

  20. Mia July 1, 2017 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Tacos are a favorite in my family and these chicken tacos look very tasty. I like simple recipes like these that always turn out to be good.

  21. Robin Creager July 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    What an easy recipe! I love Mexican food and this I’ll be adding to my Pinterest board. Thank you for this tasty recipe.

  22. Margaret Appel July 1, 2017 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    We’ve never had chicken tacos before but these sure look good! They sound easy to make too. I have an electric pressure cooker that I could do the chicken breasts in. My family loves tacos, so will try making them this way for a change.

  23. Dana Rodriguez July 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    That looks so good! I need one of these!

  24. Maryann D. July 4, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

    This looks like a wonderful and tasty recipe to try. I would love an instant pot.

  25. Lauryn R July 6, 2017 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    I don’t own an Instant Pot yet, but this recipe sounds absolutely delicious! And so easy, thank you so much for sharing! I have a feeling I could make it in my slow cooker as well, it would just take a lot longer. An Instant Pot is definitely on my wish list though! 🙂

  26. Pat F July 10, 2017 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    WIll add this to my grocery list.. love taco’s and these look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  27. April Monty July 11, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My guy would adore this recipe,
    I so need an instant pot!

  28. rochelle haynes July 11, 2017 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Sounds good to me i love tacos

  29. Kimberly R July 11, 2017 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    I have never tried to make it this way before and it looks pretty easy.

  30. Jenna Hudson July 12, 2017 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Been hearing a lot about the Instant Pot these days. May just have to get one!

  31. monique s July 14, 2017 at 7:41 am - Reply

    this looks so tasty. I never thought about making tacos in an instapot

  32. Leela July 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    That looks delicious. I need to try out those instant pots.

  33. April Monty July 16, 2017 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Hoping to win the instant pot do I can try out this yummy looking recipe

  34. Lana simanovicki July 16, 2017 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    This looks so good

  35. Faith August 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    love my instant pot – keep those Instant Pot recipes coming…btw, have you got a good recipe for pumpkin mac and cheese? I heard it is awesome made in the Instant Pot but having hard time getting the recipe.

  36. Betsy Barnes August 5, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Such an easy recipe! We love using chicken in tacos, makes them a lot healthier.

  37. Angela Spengler August 6, 2017 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I like using chicken instead of beef in tacos, as well. This looks like an easy and quick recipe. Good job!

  38. Calvin F. August 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Now.. to get an instant pot 😛

  39. Kristen J. August 12, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    I keep trying to avoid buying a pressure cooker, but this is making me reconsider. I’ve made chicken tacos before, but I never seem to get the spices right. I’ve resorted to buying pre-packaged taco seasoning, and it’s just not as good (it’s a lot of salt). I read this recipe and realized I’ve been forgetting garlic!!! UGH! But now I know so hopefully my next ones will turn out better.

  40. tammy August 16, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

    I have the perfect occasion in mind for this meal. Im so glad that I saw this recipe today. I know that it will be a hit!

  41. Sohair August 17, 2017 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Nice it looks easy to make ty

  42. Deb E August 20, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    I’m still new to using my Instant Pot. You can’t get much easier than tacos so think I can perfect this Chicken Taco creation. It does look tasty.

  43. tammy August 21, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

    I cant wait to try this recipe! It looks delicious. Thank you for sharing it!

  44. rochelle haynes August 30, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

    This sounds good love to give this a try i love tacos

  45. Amy Green September 1, 2017 at 2:27 am - Reply

    Anyone else remember the episode of “Will & Grace” when Karen and Grace go to Taco Time? Your recipe looks just like the show. This would be perfect to make when the show comes back in September.

  46. Dorothy Boucher September 4, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    This looks amazing, so delicious! and I love how fast it cooks in a pressure cooker, wish I had one.

  47. Gina Rees September 6, 2017 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Looks yummy!

  48. Kim Pincombe-Cole September 6, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Great recipe. I’m glad you included the taco seasoning ingredients – I always prefer that over the seasoning packets. Such an easy recipe that everyone is sure to love!

  49. Bebhinn September 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Holy moly do I love me some tacos!!

  50. kate g September 12, 2017 at 3:48 am - Reply

    This looks good and I’d like to try it in my new pressure cooker. I do have one question though. Are most pressure cookers like slow cookers where the timing is about the same? I have one that is a different brand than yours, would the timing be similar?

    • Susan Bewley September 12, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      Yes. Timing on all the recipes are the same. I have two pressure cookers – a Fagor and an Instant Pot – both cook in the same amount of time.

  51. Tiffanie Davenport September 13, 2017 at 1:19 am - Reply

    This looks soooo good

  52. JenniferB September 15, 2017 at 5:22 am - Reply

    I need to get an instant pot, this looks good! I love easy and delicious meals since I work full time

  53. Katrina Angele September 16, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I’ve been wanting an instant pot. This is just another reason why! I make slow cooker taco meat like this but to be able to do it in 15 minutes!! Wowzers!

  54. tracy k September 20, 2017 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    what a great idea!! we have lots of taco nights, and this would save so much time!!

  55. Sue E September 24, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Two favourite foods in our home: Italian & Mexican! So I know this recipe would be welcomed here – YUM!!

  56. Mishelle Greening September 25, 2017 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Oh this looks soooooooooooooooooooooo good!! AND I have everything I need to make it! Can you say this is supper tonite!! Whoohooo!!!


  57. Kathy Pease September 27, 2017 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    This looks so delicious! I am always looking to try new recipes and I am sure my hubby would love this one 🙂

  58. Jerry Marquardt September 28, 2017 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Looks so good for my evening of television. A nice Southwestern delicacy, with a twist of old world taste. Thanks so much for the directions on making this.

  59. Trisha McKee September 28, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    This looks so much better than fast food! Thank you for the fantastic dinnertime idea.

  60. Adriane September 30, 2017 at 4:40 am - Reply

    I really want an Instant Pot!

  61. Rana Durham October 31, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    wow i didnt know you could do all that in a instant pot. ineed an instant pt in my life .

  62. ellen beck November 20, 2017 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    I just got an instant po I need to start cooking with it. Thislooks good.

  63. Jeffrey November 28, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Nice looking recipe. Can’t wait to make it.

  64. Lynne B November 29, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I’ve seen so much about the Instant Pot over the last year. It looks like it can be a real time-saver.

  65. Sandra Caballero December 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I have always wanted to try a recipe like this. I’m going to try it. Saving it on my Pinterest.

  66. Michelle Lynn Glenn December 19, 2017 at 4:18 am - Reply

    Just got an Instant Pot for my birthday. This recipe will be tried very soon. Thanks for sharing.

  67. ellen beck January 2, 2018 at 12:55 am - Reply

    These look quit good. I like how easy this sounds. I just got an IP and havent used it yet, I am a bit intimidated. These sound easy enough for me to try them.

  68. Jessi Housel January 2, 2018 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I adore my pressure cooker and actually have never made chicken tacos so this recipe sounds like one I need to try, saving the link to my bookmarks. Thanks for sharing.

  69. Natalie January 8, 2018 at 7:34 am - Reply

    I got an instant pot for Christmas. This recipe looks easy and tasty; I should try it!

  70. Melissa Storms January 10, 2018 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I am going to try this tonight. I have all of the ingredients and was planning on chicken breast tonight.

  71. Becky Kinard January 11, 2018 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I love chicken tacos and this recipe looks and sounds great. I can’t wait to try it out. I have a slow cooker and think I can make them using it.

  72. Danielle Schultz January 17, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

    As a single mom, I’m always looking for easy and yummy recipes to make. This looks like it will fit. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks!!

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