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Instant Pot Chicken Tinga tacos with avocado, limes, red onion and cilantro on brown parchment over head

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga

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  • Author: Aberdeen
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


Classic Mexican taco, enchilada, and burrito red chicken filling all done in the instant pot in just 35 minutes!


Units Scale
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 white onion, roughly diced
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce roughly chopped + 1 tablespoon of the sauce
  • 15 ounces canned fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground Mexican oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper.
  2. Turn instant pot on sauté and manually adjust to the high setting. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Sear chicken, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of the chicken broth and vinegar into the instant pot, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Adjust the setting to medium.
  4. Add remaining olive oil to the instant pot. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in all remaining ingredients except for the chicken. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Turn instant pot off. Use an immersion blender or transfer to a stand blender and blend until smooth.
  7. Add chicken back to the instant pot. Secure lid and turn vent to sealing. Using the manual setting, turn the instant pot on high pressure for 9 minutes. Let the chicken sit for 5 minutes on warming before quick releasing the valve.*
  8. Shred chicken using two forks. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve in taco form, on top of nachos, in a burrito, up to you!


Make sure to follow all directions from your instant pot! Double check ways to depressurize it: quick release and natural release. Avoid putting your face over the instant pot when removing the lid or turning the steam vent from seal to vent.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes