Easy, Delicious Instant Pot Mexican Chicken for Tacos

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner and busy summer nights creeping up quickly, I am excited to share this super simple chicken taco recipe with you today!  For this recipe, I use my Instant Pot (which I am a total believer in, by the way!), but you can also use your Crock Pot.  It's simple, delicious, and one of our favorite recipes that's on repeat around here!

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image via delish.com

image via delish.com

You'll Need 

  • Instant Pot (or Crock Pot)
  • 1.5 - 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 15 oz. jar of salsa (I love the Ortega Homestyle Salsa
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning


  • Pour jar of salsa into Instant Pot.
  • Add chicken breasts.
  • Pour 1/4 cup water and taco seasoning over top.
  • Gently stir to combine water and salsa and coat the chicken.
  • On the Instant Pot, make sure your vent is set to "sealing."  Press "Pressure" and select "High Pressure."  Adjust the time to 30 minutes.
  • When the timer sounds, carefully move the vent from "sealing" to "release" and do a quick release.  Once the valve drops, remove the lid.
  • Shred chicken using two forks and then place back into bowl of Instant Pot to combine with salsa for a delicious, flavorful taco filling!

Serve warm with your favorite toppings - like shredded cheese, sour cream, jalepenos, and lettuce!  You could create a nacho bar, a simple taco night, or even fajitas with this delicious Mexican chicken.  It is as simple as it seems and a total weeknight win!

Wishing you a happy Cinco de Mayo, friends!



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