Instant Pot Chicken Tacos and Avocado Topping Recipe

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Do you like tacos? Today’s recipe is for Instant Pot Chicken Tacos. Making chicken tacos in the instant pot doesn’t get any easier than this! 

I decided to try out my new Instant Pot by converting my favorite chicken taco recipe into a recipe for the Instant Pot. I’m adding this to our meal plan rotation, and lineup. You can find all our Instant Pot recipes here. And I can’t wait to convert our other easy chicken recipes. If this dinner idea isn’t for you try one of these; 

  • Crockpot Chicken Tacos (a favorite) So easy to make! For the sides boxed or homemade Mexican rice, and salad to complete your meal. 
  • Easy Smothered Chicken Tacos is an easy chicken recipe that is Mexican-inspired. The chicken is spiced and cooked in a skillet, making a great chicken tacos stove-top recipe. 

If you are busy and need to get dinner on the table in a hurry, this is the best chicken tacos to try. You can prep your veggies, and toppings while it’s cooking. We love having chicken tacos with an avocado topping. Do you? 

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

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If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet you can try our Crockpot (start cooking 4 hours early) – Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos, or our Smothered Chicken Tacos where we share our homemade chicken taco seasoning and how to cook chicken in a skillet. This is another quick, easy recipe you can make in under 30 minutes

I didn’t know anyone with an Instant Pot but, I had heard from one of my daughters that she knows a few moms that loved theirs. Then, I asked her when I was on the fence about whether I should get one. Subsequently, I decided to hop on the train since my crockpot is older. And I wanted to see what all the excitement was about pressure cookers. I have to say I am glad I did!

Instant Pot on the counter cooking chicken tacos recipe at

Mine is the 6 quart, 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer. I considered the smaller size since there are only three of us but, when we all get together I would need a larger one, and what if I was meal planning and was cooking for freezing? I am so glad I got the bigger one! 

There is a line to show you where not to go over with your ingredients. This shredded tacos recipe is the first meal that I made with my Instant Pot. It was easy, so let me show you how to make these tacos. I made this in the early evening it’s been so hot here nobody wants to eat early. Do you have an Instant Pot yet? 

How to Make Chicken Tacos in the Instant Pot

You’ll add the chicken, broth, sauces, and spices into the Instant Pot and like magic, it will be done in 15 minutes. But, give yourself enough time to release the pressure and prep time. The overall time for the recipe: done in 30-45 minutes depending on if; your chicken is frozen, or not

Spices, salsa, chopped cilantro, garlic, chopped onions over chicken in the instant pot for making chicken tacos.

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe

  • NOTE: New Owners Read over your Instant Pot manual


  • 3 large chicken breasts (boneless skinless)
  • medium salsa (1 cup or half a jar)
  • 1 small can of salsa de jalapeno (optional)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2-3 fresh crushed garlic cloves
  • salt (to taste or dash)
  • pepper 1 teaspoon
  • oregano 2 tablespoons
  • onion (peeled and chopped only use half, reserve the other half for the avocado topping recipe later in the post) (Pick either white is spicer or yellow is sweeter)
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro (optional)

Cooked Chicken for Chicken Tacos in the Instant Pot- Easy Instant Pot Tacos recipe

How To Make Chicken Tacos in the Instant Pot

  1. I pre-spray the Instant Pot insert with Pam (lightly).
  2. Add your chicken. Pour in the chicken broth. And all the spices to your Instant Pot stainless steel insert. 
  3. Make sure your air release valve is in the proper position. 
  4. Seal Lid. (the lid makes a little sound when done properly)
  5. Program it to Chicken according to your manual (Poultry setting) 12 minutes for fresh, 15 minutes for frozen. 
  6. When the Instant Pot has finished cooking the chicken;  it will count down for releasing pressure. (Release pressure according to directions before opening)
  7. AFTER VENTING is complete, open the lid and take your chicken out to shred or cut it up for your tacos. 

You are going to love how tender this chicken is! 

Chicken being cut and shredded for chicken tacos on a cutting board with a knife and fork.

It’s easy to shred or chop your chicken when the chicken is finished cooking. Adjust the seasonings to your preference. Additionally, you can make this homemade taco seasoning recipe to use in this recipe or your other taco recipes. 

Shredded cut up chicken in a glass storage container next to an instant pot on the kitchen counter.

I made a second batch, and cut it up for our chicken tortilla soup, and enchiladas recipes. Excuse my messy counters. Sammie was growing a dinosaur from an egg in a Taco Bell cup and I was just too lazy to clean it for the photo. Real life, wink, wink. 

Greek Yogurt, white onion, cilantro, lime. Avocado and yogurt in a bowl with lime for an avocado recipe

How to make the Avocado Topping

Use this recipe for a topping on your favorite tacos! 


  • 1/4 cup Cilantro (washed and chopped)
  • 1 Avocado (peeled and pitted)
  • Greek Yogurt (unflavored)
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise 
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled and crushed)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • chopped onion for topping (1/2 peeled and chopped) This is optional, and not in Cilantro Dressing, unless you want it in there.

Place avocado in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix until blended.

Avocado topping for tacos

You can use your food processor to blend if you prefer it creamier.

  • The avocado cilantro topping was adapted from a recipe for Creamy Cilantro Dressing in this awesome taco recipe book, Taco, Taco, Taco” I had the chance to review for free. I’m sure I’ll make more variations of this chicken recipe so stay tuned by subscribing

Corn tortilla with shredded chicken avocado topping, cilantro and chopped white onions on a plate.

Serve your tacos on heated corn tortillas or fried corn tortillas. I heat mine 6 at a time by adding them to a plate (microwavable) cover them with a paper towel sprinkled with water (lightly) for about 1-2 minutes on high.

Chicken Tacos Cooked In The Instant Pot

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

In a hurry? Make this Instant Pot Chicken Tacos. Flavorful, easy to make great in your tacos and can use this recipe for making chicken burritos too. Comes with an avocado cilantro topping. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Chicken Tacos, Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4
Author Theresa Huse


Chicken Tacos

  • 3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Salsa Pace (or half the jar)
  • 1 can Salsa de Jalapeno small
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 dash Salt
  • 2 tbsp Oregano
  • 1 Onion Peeled and chopped reserve half for topping.
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro Rinsed and chopped.

Avocado Cilantro Topping

  • 1 Avocado Peeled, Seeded and mashed with fork
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Lime Cut, Seed and Squeeze
  • 1/2 Onion Optional
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro Rinsed and Chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove Peeled and Crushed


How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

  1. Add chicken to stainless steel insert in the instant pot.

    Add broth, salsas, and spices Next add your chopped onion, crushed garlic, and cilantro.

    Cook according to your Instant Pot manual 12 minutes on Poultry for fresh, 15 minutes on Poultry for frozen.

    When done let the pressure release off to ensure all pressure is gone by releasing your pressure valve. 

    Remove chicken and chop up or shred on your cutting board. 

    Assemble the tacos on corn tortillas that are either pre heated or fried. 

    Take the heated torilla, then add shredded chicken meat, next add toppings and serve. 

How to Make Avocado Topping

  1. Make topping by Peeling, seeding, and mashing avocado with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. If desired use a food processor. Set to side while tacos are cooking. 

Recipe Notes

  1. Make optional avocado topping while chicken tacos are cooking to garnish your tacos. 
  2. Serve on corn tortillas warmed or pre fried. Or you can use flour tortillas for soft tacos.
  3. Dinner can be made with a side of Spanish rice or salad. Best to start rice prior to making chicken or at the same time. 

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos - This is such an easy recipe to make, and you get the avocado topping recipe. Add this to your weekly meal plan. I love it! Grab the recipe at #instantpot #chickentacos #chicken #tacos #avocadotopping #easy #dinner #Mexican #instantpot

Then top with your chicken, avocado cilantro topping, and onions. Enjoy! 

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