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Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Hands holding bowl of colorful tacos.

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tacos in a bowl


We are oh-so-due for a taco recipe here at KT, and I’ve been *really* looking forward to bringing these Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tacos to you.

When I first moved to Raleigh, celebrating Taco Tuesday became a weekly ritual within the first few months. As a wildling from the North, taco accessibility was incredibly new and exciting. I was pescetarian at the time and fell head over heels for our usual spot’s shrimp and fish tacos. And I remain dedicated to them to this day! Because after introducing poultry back into my diet and trying their other tacos, I quickly learned that this place’s seafood tacos are all they have going for them.

Well that, and $2 Tecates.

The chicken tacos are hella bland, and after trying a few of them, I grew determined to make ridiculously delicious, tender, and crave-worthy chicken tacos at home.

So I did.

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tacos lined up on a plate

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tacos in hand

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tacos.

Yep, I’m playing with the Instant Pot again. I had such a great response to my Instant Pot Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Wraps that I knew some type of tender shredded juicy chicken taco had to happen.

Not only is this recipe incredibly easy, but it’s completely adaptable. You can control the punch with how much hot sauce you add, and you can use any of your favorite taco toppings. I love making things fresh, crunchy, and colorful for my photoshoots—which works out nicely because it also tastes delicious. But don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to my toppings. If you want to go bananas with some chili con queso and jalapeños or keep things tame with shredded lettuce and cheese, by all means :)

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tacos ingredients

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tacos in a bowl

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4.95 from 17 votes

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Celebrate Taco Tuesday with these fast and easy Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tacos! Stuffed with fresh and crisp ingredients, they only take 12 minutes to cook up.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 8 tacos
Author Dana Sandonato


  • 8-10 tortillas or hard shell tacos
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 14 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2-4 TBSP chipotle hot sauce (use as much or as little as you want, depending on heat preference)
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • A few cracks of black pepper


  • Shredded purple cabbage
  • Avocado
  • Radishes
  • Grated or crumbled cheese of choice
  • Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • Or create your own topping combo!


  1. Place olive oil, chicken, tomatoes, onions, lime juice, hot sauce, and spices into the Instant Pot. Give the contents a good stir in order to coat the chicken and mix everything up.

  2. Cover the Instant Pot, securing the lid into a locked position. Make sure the nozzle is set to "sealing", and set the Instant Pot to High pressure for 12 minutes. While the Instant Pot does its thing, you can prepare your condiments.

  3. When the Instant Pot signals that it's finished and the chicken is done, carefully hit the nozzle for a quick release. Once all the steam has escaped, remove the lid. With two forks, shred the chicken until it's completely pulled and shredded and soaking up all those juices. Then, with a slotted spoon, transfer the shredded chicken to a serving bowl; discard any of the extra juice that's left in the pot.

  4. Serve the chicken with tortillas or taco shells and load your taco up with your preferred toppings.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes for great leftovers. If you want to bring a light lunch into work the next day, toss some of the chicken and toppings over a salad!

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    Jack Roberts
    March 2, 2019 at 11:34 am Great recipe. Please limit the text before the recipe. Maybe add it after? Cheers.

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      Killing Thyme
      March 2, 2019 at 2:15 pm Hi Jack, I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe! As for limiting text in posts, this is a recipe blog—not a recipe site. There are recipe sites that exclusively have recipes, no text. With a blog, we connect with our readers and our voice has value. We cook, we talk about the recipe, and some even tell stories. These online recipes are free to you, as opposed to buying a cookbook. So hey, a few scrolls > $30+ cookbook :) Thanks for stopping by!
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    September 19, 2018 at 4:30 pm I love taco Tuesday (or any day, really) and these look fabulous! Love all the colours and textures, they sound delish. I have been thinking about getting an insta pot (esp after learning the creator is from my hometown--I have no excuse haha) . Also love the chipotle in these, can't wait to give them a try!

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    Tracy Koslicki
    September 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm Girl I hear you about local tacos AND them being better with a $2 tecate! But I also love how easy this is to make at home. We FINALLY got ourselves an Instant Pot and I'm making a very LONG list of all of the things I can't wait to make with it - adding this to that list!

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      Killing Thyme
      September 10, 2018 at 11:33 am I'm so excited that you got yourself an IP! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it, and of course, on this recipe once you make it. You're going to have a lot of fun creating with that thing.
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    Marisa Franca
    September 3, 2018 at 7:27 am Well, this is one more reason why I need an Instant Pot in my life. We love our tacos and these tacos would be instant hits in our family. The flavor of chipotle is one of our favorites. Can't wait to make this recipe.

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      Killing Thyme
      September 10, 2018 at 11:34 am The IP is definitely a game changer in many ways! I hope you and your fam love this one, Marisa.
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    September 2, 2018 at 5:40 pm You've given me one more reason to break out our Instant Pot! I know you said we could make them however we wanted, but I want them just the way that you made them. They look so beautiful and fresh and the flavor sounds perfect!

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    September 1, 2018 at 9:25 pm I love a good chicken taco. They are my favorite. I can't believe that the place you go to doesn't have good chicken tacos. These are a million times better than anywhere you can get them though.

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      Killing Thyme
      September 10, 2018 at 11:36 am Haha, I know right? How can you mess up a chicken taco? The problem is they don't season it. Some tacos come with sauces, some with salsas, but in general any chicken taco I've had from this place has been bland as hell. BUT. These were born as a result so eh ;)
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    September 1, 2018 at 7:49 pm Honestly, your chicken tacos look amazing. I love the colors, so vibrant. Thanks for this healthier version of one of my favorite things to eat. Saving this, hubby is going to love this!

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    September 1, 2018 at 2:46 pm One of my favorite dinners to make in my IP is chicken tacos! This chipotle version sounds amazing. My Hubby will love it!

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      Killing Thyme
      September 10, 2018 at 11:37 am Such a fun way to make tacos, right? Hope you both love these.
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    August 30, 2018 at 5:50 pm I love a good chipotle chicken taco! I make something similar at least once a month for taco Tuesday! Yours look way prettier than mine though haha. I'm totally obsessed with your pinch bowl and I love that you're making more Instant Pot recipes. Instant Pot recipe makes clean up sooo much easier.

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      Killing Thyme
      September 10, 2018 at 11:38 am Thanks, Carmy! I never thought I'd be *this* into the IP. It took me a while to even get one. Better late than never, I suppose!
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    August 29, 2018 at 10:05 pm I can't wait to try this. I have been doing shredded chicken tacos in the slow cooker, but this would be an awesome alternative when I decide last minute that I need to have tacos pronto. Isn't that the way it always goes? Thank you for helping me accommodate those cravings.

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      Killing Thyme
      September 10, 2018 at 11:39 am I'm glad you find this recipe useful, Debra! Hope you love'em :)
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    August 29, 2018 at 8:41 pm You don't have to ask me twice to eat tacos. These look fantastic. We LOVE Mexican food and often have it when we entertain. I know my dinner guests would devour these for sure. What a fun and flavourful taco recipe.

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      Killing Thyme
      September 10, 2018 at 11:40 am Haha, I'm with you on that. I'm so thankful there's a weekday designated to tacos :)
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    August 28, 2018 at 4:59 pm The pictures alone makes me wamt to make this dish!!!! Yum!!!! This chipotle chicken taco looks delicious!!! Love the colors .

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      Killing Thyme
      September 10, 2018 at 11:41 am Thanks Mirlene! Fresh ingredients add such beauty.
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    Bethany | A Simple Palate
    August 28, 2018 at 4:25 pm I'm a lover of all things tacos and oh my goodness! These look absolutely delicious! Can't wait to try.

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    August 28, 2018 at 3:45 pm Instant pot is such a savior. And the best part is that thebdushes madness in it come out amazing.

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    Hannah Healy
    August 28, 2018 at 3:17 pm Beautiful photos! This is such a great easy dinner idea!

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    Claudia Lamascolo
    August 28, 2018 at 3:17 pm I adore tacos! I cant get enough of them... I think I could have taco Tuesday everyday! these look marvelous!

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    Lauren Vavala @ DeliciousLittleBites
    August 28, 2018 at 3:05 pm I'll take all the chipotle everything please! I'm kinda addicted! This recipe is so good - I love that it's made in the Instant Pot too!

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