Cheap Instant Pot Chicken Tacos Meal

Cheap Instant Pot Chicken Tacos Meal

One of my favorite cheap meals is anything with chicken. Let’s face it, whether it’s instant pot chicken tacos or chicken tenders, poultry is much cheaper than beef in most cases. If you’re looking for simple chicken recipes the whole family loves, this is something new I tried out in my new pressure cooker.

My hubby bought me an pressure cook for our anniversary. This baby does everything. It is also a slow cooker, air fryer, steamer and canning system (4 little pints at a time, but I’ll take it). I’ve been experimenting and should have lots of instant pot and slow cooker recipes for you since all I have to do is stay home and experiment. ha ha

This is the instant pot he bought me, except I have the 8 quart version. Most people only need a 6 quart. *Note: The link below is an affiliate link and helps Crabby Housewife pay for site hosting fees and advertising throughout the year. If you wind up buying after clicking on the link, I will get a small commission that helps this site stay operating.

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe

This recipe makes enough to serve two people and have leftovers for a meal or two. I’m big into cooking once and eating two or three times. You can also freeze the taco meat and heat up in a skillet. This way, you don’t have to eat the same thing over and over, but can fully stock your freezer with ready-to-go meals.

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
natural steam release
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Chicken is a cheap meal option. These chicken tacos are made in the instant pot and turn out tender and delicious. Plenty for leftovers.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken, instant pot, pressure cooker, tacos
Servings: 4
Author: Crabby Housewife
  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 lime
For Serving
  • 1 package soft tortillas
  • 1 head lettuce shredded
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 sour cream
  • 1 salsa
  • 1 package Mexican cheese shredded
  1. Fill bottom of cooker with chicken broth.

  2. Place chicken breasts on metal baking insert.

  3. Squeeze lime juice over chicken breasts.

  4. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, cummin, garlic.

  5. Cook on medium for about 15 minutes. Settings will vary based on your machine, so refer to the manual and your previous experience.

  6. Allow steam to release naturally for 10-15 minutes.

  7. Release the rest of the steam (careful here!).

  8. Remove chicken and shred or dice, depending on your preference.

  9. Build tacos and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I've used this chicken for quesadillas, too. Just dice it up. Place a soft tortilla in a buttered skillet and add chicken, cheese and any other items you want on the inside (bacon, veggies, etc.). Top with another tortilla. Flip when the bottom is lightly browned to the opposite side. I also will do a fold over sometimes as they are easier to flip that way (like an omelette). 

This recipe is so versatile. It heats up well the next day or freezes well for later.

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Looking to save even more money on your meals? Check out this recent article titled How to Feed Your Family Cheaply

Crabby Housewife

AuthorCrabby Housewife

Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 30 years - they have two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.