Instant Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe in Pressure Cooker |

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Instant Pot, Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 309 kcal

Feel free to adjust the spices as you prefer. Make it more or less spicy. Add oregano or change the cumin amount, etc.. You can also just replace the spices for 1 bag of taco seasoning if you prefer.
Chicken thigh or leg meat will be juicer than breast meat, but if you prefer, the breast meat still comes out quite nice. We'll usually prefer boneless, skinless but feel free to use whatever you have available.



For the Chicken

  • 2 pounds chicken , preferrably boneless and skinless (*see head note)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce or salsa
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt , or more to taste
  • Fresh cracked black pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder , or to taste (optional, for spicy flavor)

For the Tacos

  • 12 soft or hard taco shells *see note below
  • lettuce, shredded cabbage, tomato, cheese, salsa, sour cream, or other favorite toppings 


  1. Add everything into Instant Pot (chicken, tomato sauce or salsa, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper and optional chipotle powder). Stir to combine all the spices into the sauce. 

  2. Close the lid, set to high pressure, and after the pressure cooker reaches full pressure,  cook for about 15 minutes *depending on size of chicken & preferred doneness.  (These are the steps we did for our Instant Pot: Press the "Manual" button. Set the time to 15 minutes and our Instant Pot starts up automatically, counting down the timer after it reaches pressure.)

  3. Take the chicken pieces out of the Instant Pot, cut into 1-2 inch pieces, then place back in the Instant Pot. Shed with a couple forks to break up the chicken.

  4. Taste the chicken and add more salt if needed.
  5. See note below about taco shell options. Build your tacos and serve or have everything in bowls for everyone to make their own tacos.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

For soft tortillas, we love to char them a little over a burner, or at least to warm them in the microwave. After warming, cover them in a kitchen towel, paper towels, or foil to help keep them softened and not dry out. 

For hard shells, warming them in the oven or air fryer a bit before serving makes them extra tasty.