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3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are a super flavorful shredded chicken taco with all that slow cooked flavor, but it happens in just 5 minutes with your Instant Pot. You can easily adapt this recipe for slow cookers as well.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 104 kcal


  • 2 tbsp Taco Seasoning I like Trader Joe's Chili Lime Seasoning.
  • 1 cup Salsa Choose a thin picante style salsa.
  • 3 medium Chicken Breasts about 6 ounces each


  1. SLOW COOKERS: Season your chicken breast on both sides with the taco seasoning. Dump the salsa on top. Cook on low for 3-4 hours until shreddable.
  2. INSTANT POT: Turn the Instant Pot to saute. Put a little avocado oil in the bottom and let it heat up. Season your chicken on both sides with the taco seasoning. Brown on each side. Do not cook through. This will take 1-2 minutes.
  3. Dump in the 1 cup of salsa and put the lid on. Turn the Instant Pot to Manual or High Pressure setting (note these are the same depending on your model). Set the time for 5 minutes.
  4. Allow the pressure to natural release for 5-7 minutes. Release any remaining pressure and remove the lid. Shred the chicken with two forks and allow it to sit in the cooking liquid.
  5. You can turn the Instant Pot to the Keep Warm Function and serve when you're ready. I like to serve this on grilled corn tortillas with lettuce, cheese and some sour cream or Greek Yogurt.

Recipe Notes

No INSTANT POT or SLOW COOKER?  Use a heavy bottomed pot that can go in the oven, like a dutch oven. Brown the chicken, dump the salsa in, add a lid, and cook at 250 degrees for about 45 minutes.  Check the chicken 1/2 way through. It's ready when you can shred it.

Nutrition Facts
3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Protein 12g24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.