3-Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Tacos

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken by Spice Cravings. If there was ever a contest for the EASIEST CHICKEN TACO RECIPE EVER, this recipe for 3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken would win hands down! The only prep I do is open a packet of chicken, taco Seasoning and a jar of Salsa. I pressure cook the chicken, shred it and load it on to soft warm corn tortillas! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

If there was ever a contest for the EASIEST INSTANT POT RECIPE, this recipe for 3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken would win hands down!  The only prep I do is open a packet of Taco Seasoning and a jar of my favorite Salsa.

I pressure cook the chicken with these flavorings, in the Instant Pot, so no mess or extra dishes to clean. I shred the chicken and load it up on soft warm corn tortillas and taco dinner is ready!  Just like that!

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken by Spice Cravings. If there was ever a contest for the EASIEST CHICKEN TACO RECIPE EVER, this recipe for 3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken would win hands down! The only prep I do is open a packet of chicken, taco Seasoning and a jar of Salsa. I pressure cook the chicken, shred it and load it on to soft warm corn tortillas! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Easiest Mexican Chicken Taco Recipe Ever!

Don’t you love recipes that comes together in a flash and the family ends up loving them?  This one’s a keeper!  All you have to do is add water, layer chicken, season it, top it with salsa and close the lid!  Set an 8 minute pressure cook time and walk away, paint your nails, run an errand, pick up the kids….whatever you want to do.

It takes around 10 minutes for it to come to pressure, 8 minutes to cook and around 10 minutes of NPR time,  so, dinner is served in under 30 minutes.

Only 3 Ingredients in this Chicken Recipe

3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa ChickenThis Mexican recipe comes together with just 3 ingredients: Chicken, Taco seasoning and Salsa. I like using chicken breast for this recipe, but chicken thighs work just as well. I love using Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning Mix for this recipe. This seasoning has a bit of a kick to it, which my family really enjoys, but you can use your favorite Taco seasoning blend for this recipe.   I also have a taco seasoning recipe in the recipe card below.

I use Salsa Autentica from Trader Joe’s.   This is a slightly sweet salsa, due to which this combination works really well.  The salsa balances the heat in the Taco Seasoning really well.

This is how simple this Mexican Chicken Taco Recipe is

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken
Add water in the pot
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Season one side of chicken
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Add seasoned side down
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Season this side
3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken
Mix salsa & seasoning
3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken
Pour over chicken
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Set cook time!
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Done!

Multiple Uses for 3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Once you pressure cook the chicken, you can choose to eat it as an entrée, or, shred it and using it in a variety of dishes. I use this shredded chicken for Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Tortilla Soup, Pizzas, Pulled Chicken Sliders or even for Taco Salad.

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken

Low Carb Salsa Chicken Dinner

If you choose to have it as it is, make a side-salad with chopped cucumbers, red onions, avocados and cherry tomatoes. Dress it up with fresh lime juice, a dash of paprika, salt & pepper and enjoy a delicious low-carb dinner!

Stovetop Chicken Taco Recipe

This recipe can be made in any pressure cooker as well. You can do this on the stove-top as well.

  1. I heat a heavy bottom sauce pan on medium high heat. I add water, layer chicken, season it, and top it with salsa.
  2. When everything starts bubbling, I reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes, or till chicken is fully cooked. Keep stirring every few minutes to prevent the salsa from scorching the pan.

Variation: Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos

If you want to jazz up this 3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken, try my recipe for Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos. The crunch and sautéed peppers and onions add a whole new flavor dimension to this Salsa chicken. These are always on my Game-day menu, either as tacos, or as sliders!

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken by Spice Cravings. If there was ever a contest for the EASIEST CHICKEN TACO RECIPE EVER, this recipe for 3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken would win hands down! The only prep I do is open a packet of chicken, taco Seasoning and a jar of Salsa. I pressure cook the chicken, shred it and load it on to soft warm corn tortillas! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos

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3-Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Tacos

If there was ever a contest for the "Easiest Chicken Taco Recipe Ever", this recipe for 3-Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken would win hands down! The only prep I do is open a packet of chicken, taco seasoning and a jar of salsa. I pressure cook the chicken, shred it and load it on to soft warm corn tortillas!  YUM!
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 294kcal
Author: Spice Cravings

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast or boneless skinless thighs
  • 1.3 oz Taco seasoning : I use Trader Joe's Taco Seasoning Mix (see notes for substitute)
  • 1 cup Salsa Autentica : I use Trader Joe's Salsa Autentica
  • 1/4 cup water : adjust based on how thick your salsa is

Instructions

  • Turn on Instant Pot.  Add 1/4 cup water.   Season one side of the chicken breasts with about 2-3 teaspoons of Taco seasoning and add them into the instant pot, seasoned side down.   Season on the other side with 2-3 teaspoons of Taco seasoning.  
    3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken
  • In a bowl, mix salsa with the remaining taco seasoning. Pour over the chicken, coating the chicken with the salsa mix. Close the lid. Vent set to Sealing. Cook for 8 minutes on Manual or Pressure Cook.
  • Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes (NPR 10). Open lid.  Using two forks, shred the chicken in the pot . Mix well. This shredded chicken can be used for Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Tortilla Soup, Pizzas or even for Taco Salad.
    3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken

Taco Seasoning Recipe

  • I use Trader Joe's Taco Seasoning mix. It is a bit on the spicier side. If you want to make it mild, you can substitute with: 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 t​sp paprika, ​1/2 tsp salt,​ 1 tsp cumin, ​1​ tsp coriander powder, 1.5 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 tsp​ brown sugar.

Stovetop recipe

  • Heat a heavy bottom sauce pan on medium high heat.  Add water, layer chicken, season it, and top it with salsa.
  • When the sauce starts bubbling, I reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes, or till chicken is fully cooked. Keep stirring every few minutes to prevent the salsa from scorching the pan.

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Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1465mg | Potassium: 1024mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 24.9% | Vitamin C: 9.8% | Calcium: 3.1% | Iron: 9.6%
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Arie
    July 9, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Please provide nutritional information

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      July 10, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Hi Arie, I am currently working on converting all recipes to have nutritional information. It’s a time consuming process so might take a few days, but I’ll prioritize this recipe. Thanks for understanding!

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    Marilyn
    July 28, 2018 at 6:51 am

    I have the 8 quart – it says I need 3 cups of water . . . it makes everything way too watery – can you help me? Should I put 3 cups in the bottom and put a stainless bowl on the trivet and put the ingredients in there and cook it according to your directions? Thank you for your help!!!

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      July 28, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Hi Marilyn, I agree with you. 3 cups would make this too watery and kill the flavor. The PIP option is a good one. I’ve always made this in a 6 qt, so even though it says 1 cup of water, I only add 1/4-1/2 cup water, since my salsa is pretty thin and adds liquid, then the chicken will also release it’s juices. So I would say you can adjust accordingly for your 8 qt. Just remember to add the water first and then follow the sequence and don’t stir. Hope that helps.

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    Becky
    August 7, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Its cooking in my IP right now; I prepared it exactly as stated. The small amount of water was perfectly fine, it came to pressure in no time and I used fairly thick & chunky salsa.

    I am very happy with the results. I have made this with other recipes but all of them turned out with too much liquid for my tastes. Thanks!

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      August 7, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Becky, that’s so nice to hear. I am super glad this recipe worked great for you too! Thanks for sharing!

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    Lisa
    December 11, 2018 at 11:54 am

    how much time do you add if chicken breasts are frozen?

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      December 11, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      Hi Lisa, I have never cooked with frozen chicken in the IP so can’t say from experience, but as per my understanding, you don’t have to add more time, the Instant Pot will take more time to come to pressure, because it will thaw it first and then start the cooking process. I would love to hear how it works for you!

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