Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Taco Meat

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Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Taco Meat is made with just a few simple ingredients, but it packs a ton of flavor and is done in about 25 minutes!

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe
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Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Taco Meat

The easiest and most flavorful chicken taco meat made in the instant pot (or slow cooker) with chicken breast or thigh meat to turn Taco Tuesday into something to celebrate! Seriously – so much flavor, so fast. What’s not to love?! Chicken taco meat is something that I love to throw in the mix when we get tired of our standard ground beef tacos. This recipe is one of my favorites because it’s full of flavor thanks to chipotle sauce and it’s so simple – anyone could throw it together. Long live eating all the tacos! And fun fact, you can cook your corn on the cob to serve with (or on the tacos) right along with the chicken. Instructions follow.

I could write a whole lot about tacos because you know I love them. I love me some easy chicken tacos (think food truck), lentil tacos, and crispy pork tacos (made in the Instant Pot). There’s just something magical about wrapping up really flavorful food in a warm tortilla and slathering it with all the guacamole and salsa it can hold. Why is it so good?!

I Love My Instant Pot

I contacted the folks at Instant Pot a while ago to see if we could work together. It was their busy season and I didn’t hear anything back so I just purchased two Duo 8 Quart Instant Pots so that I could start using them in my kitchen and develop recipes for you all. I have LOVED them. I have a few kitchen gadgets, but my Instant Pot gets used as much as my slow cooker and blender which is really saying something. It makes perfect hard boiled eggs (even from my fresh backyard chicken eggs which are normally a nightmare to peel), I use it to cook beans in bulk (and then freeze them for later use), and I love to make broths and stocks in it. It is awesome.

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Taco Meat is made with just a few simple ingredients but packs tons of flavor and is done in about 25 minutes.

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Taco Meat Tips and Tricks

  • You can make this in the slow cooker by combining all the ingredients together and letting them cook on low for 5-6 hours until the chicken is tender and ready to be shredded.
  • My tiny store carries the chipotle sauce, so I think it will be easy for you to find. It’s delicious! Here’s what you are looking for. We didn’t find this recipe to be overly spicy. If you’d like more heat, add more of the chipotle sauce! Double the amount if you’d like it hotter.
  • I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe because I think they stay more tender and moist. It did work great with chicken breast too, though, so use what you have on hand.
  • You can use all kinds of salsa for this recipe and that really changes the taste! I used a homemade green salsa I made and froze last summer in one batch and it was awesome. I also tried it with store-bought chunky traditional salsa and with homemade cooked and canned salsa. Use your favorite – you can’t go wrong.

Cook corn on the cob with the chicken in the Instant Pot!

I love corn on the cob with or on tacos, and you can cook it along with the chicken in this recipe. You’ll want to prepare the recipe as directed but set the cook time on the Instant pot to 12 minutes. Then do a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully open the lid and place in your cobs with the husks removed. Replace the lid and set the cook time to 2 minutes. Do a quick pressure release again and when you can remove the lid, remove the corn, set aside, and continue with the chicken recipe. How easy is that? It adds a few minutes to the prep time as you have to wait for the Instant Pot to come down from pressure twice, but you don’t have to get another pot dirty to cook the corn!

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Taco Meat is made with just a few simple ingredients but packs tons of flavor and is done in about 25 minutes.

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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe.
4.79 from 38 votes

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Taco Meat

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Taco Meat is made with just a few simple ingredients, but it packs a ton of flavor and is done in about 25 minutes!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 1.5 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons chipotle sauce
  • 1 cup prepared mild salsa
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Instructions 

  • Add the chicken to the insert of your instant pot.
  • Sprinkle the salt, cumin, and garlic powder over the chicken. Add the chipotle sauce and the salsa.
  • Use tongs to combine and mix the ingredients well, covering the chicken on all sides.
  • Lock the lid in place, make sure the vent is set to seal, and select high pressure and 15 minute cook time.
  • When the cooking time ends, use the quick pressure release. When the valve drops, remove the lid carefully.
  • Use tongs to remove the chicken and place in a shallow dish or bowl and shred it.
  • While you are shredding the chicken, turn the instant pot to the saute setting and allow the remaining liquid in the pot to come to a boil.
  • Let the liquid simmer for around 5 minutes, until it starts to thicken.
  • Add the shredded chicken back to the pot, turn off the Instant Pot, and stir to combine well.
  • Serve with your favorite taco toppings, in a salad, on nachos, in enchiladas, or however you like best.

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Notes

  • You can make this in the slow cooker by combining all the ingredients together and letting them cook on low for 5-6 hours until the chicken is tender and ready to be shredded.
  • My tiny store carries the chipotle sauce, so I think it will be easy for you to find. It’s delicious!
  • I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe because I think they stay more tender and moist. It did work great with chicken breast too, though, so use what you have on hand.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 8 servings, Calories: 127kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 436mg, Potassium: 369mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 274IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 108mg, Iron: 3mg
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  1. Mira Kots says:

    Would love to win one! I’d make this chicken taco recipe and many others pot roast, rice and beef, etc. would be a blessing certainly!

  2. Lindsey Z says:

    I don’t have an insta pot but IF I did, I’d definitely make taco stuff because it’s my favorite! And that chicken next to the cilantro in your picture looks AMAAZING <3. Mm food is good 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    This recipe looks so yummy! I would love to try it in an instant pot…I don’t own one yet.
    I have pinned your energy bites on Pinterest. It’s a favorite here.

  4. Marseille Stephenson says:

    I don’t have an instant pot, but I have a cuisinart electric pressure cooker. I use it 2-3 times/week. My favorite thing to make in there is mashed potatoes! I also love making a roast in there because then I can make the gravy in the same place. I would love to win this instant pot because then I could use them both at the same time. Also, instant pots have more functions so I would love to have access to that!

  5. Cori Jeide says:

    I have been wanting an instapot! I would be using that thing all the time for my family of six!

  6. Stephanie Conn says:

    I love using my Instant Pot and we LOVE taco, so I will definitely be trying this!!

  7. Caitlyn Crosby RD LDN says:

    Holy cow I love your blog/recipes and IG posts!! I don’t have an instant pot but have been dying to get one for a few months now. I think it will make quick dinners after work so much easier!! I can’t wait to make these tacos and many other yummy dishes. I most look forward to being able to take the protein out of the freezer and straight into the instant pot and boom: quick, easy, yummy dinner! I also hope to make some recipes of my own once I get my blog up and running! Thanks for all you do!