Instant Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos (crock pot instructions too). Easy to throw together for a MSG free weeknight meal. #tacos #instantpot #chicken

 

Need a break from all the elaborate holiday cooking? When things get a little chaotic, I always seem to turn to tacos. They’re so easy to make and customizable so everyone in the family can have what they want. If you’re just starting the Heal Your Headache migraine diet, this is a really great recipe you can rely on and that the entire family will love.

I absolutely love this recipe when made in the crockpot. It takes about 5 hours on low and it has such wonderful flavor. However, if you find yourself pressed for time, I highly recommend using an instant pot

What I Love/Hate about my Instant Pot

My mom got me an instant pot last Christmas since it was the hot new gadget and it took me a while to get sold on it. If I’m being perfectly honest, I think food tastes better when it’s simmered in the crock pot for 5 hours or more (by the way, the instant pot technically has a crockpot function so you can really do both). But sometimes we forget to prep everything ahead of time and you can’t exactly start a crockpot meal when you get home at 5pm. That’s where the instant pot comes in handy. This chicken is ready in about 30 minutes when made in the instant pot. 

One thing to note that a lot of food bloggers don’t tell you before you start cooking is that the instant pot isn’t exactly “instant”. It requires some time to build pressure, about 10-15 minutes. And if you do a natural pressure release once the food is done cooking, it means you have to leave the food in another 10-15 minutes after the cooking time. This can add a total of 30 minutes to the cooking times they suggest

The Instant Pot is great for things like chicken stock, and speeding up pulled chicken and pork dishes that would normally take much longer in the crock pot. It can be a little finicky for potatoes, but it’s still slightly more quick than using the oven. As far as the other everyday recipes you see floating around on Pinterest, I don’t waste my time. Often I find I can make some of those recipes faster if I just stick it in the oven or on the stove. 

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos (crock pot instructions too). Easy to throw together for a MSG free weeknight meal. #tacos #instantpot #chicken

Chipotle flavor without MSG

What makes this recipe unique is the use of dried chipotle powder. Most recipes like to use canned chipotles in adobo. Unfortunately there’s usually hidden MSG in every brand I have found. By using the powder, you’re still getting the flavor without the additives.

I like to use Pomi pureed tomatoes (which come in a box) for this recipe. They may also say “strained tomatoes”. Tomatoes can be a migraine trigger for some, but they are allowed on Heal Your Headache unless you notice that you personally have an issue. If that’s the case for you, just add in a little extra broth instead of the puree. Morton & Bassett makes a really great chipotle chili powder, but you can get Frontier’s through Amazon. If you don’t like a hint of spicy, try smoked paprika instead. This salsa is a great addition to these tacos!

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos (crock pot instructions too). Easy to throw together for a MSG free weeknight meal. #tacos #instantpot #chicken
4.67 from 3 votes
Instant Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos (crock pot instructions too). Easy to throw together for a MSG free weeknight meal. #tacos #instantpot #chicken
Instant Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

This recipe contains instructions for both the instant pot and crock pot versions. Slightly spicy, smokey, and so easy, these chicken tacos are the perfect weeknight meal.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken, Instant Pot, tacos, tinga
Servings: 4 people
Author: The Dizzy Cook
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree or "strained tomatoes" * I used Pomi
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • tortillas
  • shredded cabbage mix
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in an instant pot or crock pot. For the instant pot, seal the top and push the vent to closed. Press "manual" and put 10 minutes on the clock. The pot will build pressure before your minute countdown begins. 

  2. Once finished, allowed the pot to release pressure naturally by waiting another 15 minutes. Then turn the vent to open to release any excess steam (watch your hands during this step as the steam will be hot). Shred the chicken in the pot using two forks. 

  3. If I have extra time I like to reduce the sauce. To do this, remove the instant pot cover, shred your chicken, and press the "saute" button. Everything should come to a simmer. Continue to simmer until the sauce is reduced by half. Stir in the vinegar just before serving.

  4. For the crock pot (which I think has a little more flavor), place all the ingredients in your crock pot and cook on low for 5 hours. Shred the chicken once finished and add vinegar. Place inside warmed tortillas and top with shredded cabbage and salsa

4.67 from 3 votes
Instant Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos (crock pot instructions too). Easy to throw together for a MSG free weeknight meal. #tacos #instantpot #chicken
Instant Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

This recipe contains instructions for both the instant pot and crock pot versions. Slightly spicy, smokey, and so easy, these chicken tacos are the perfect weeknight meal.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken, Instant Pot, tacos, tinga
Servings: 4 people
Author: The Dizzy Cook
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree or “strained tomatoes” * I used Pomi
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • tortillas
  • shredded cabbage mix
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in an instant pot or crock pot. For the instant pot, seal the top and push the vent to closed. Press “manual” and put 10 minutes on the clock. The pot will build pressure before your minute countdown begins. 

  2. Once finished, allowed the pot to release pressure naturally by waiting another 15 minutes. Then turn the vent to open to release any excess steam (watch your hands during this step as the steam will be hot). Shred the chicken in the pot using two forks. 

  3. If I have extra time I like to reduce the sauce. To do this, remove the instant pot cover, shred your chicken, and press the “saute” button. Everything should come to a simmer. Continue to simmer until the sauce is reduced by half. Stir in the vinegar just before serving.

  4. For the crock pot (which I think has a little more flavor), place all the ingredients in your crock pot and cook on low for 5 hours. Shred the chicken once finished and add vinegar. Place inside warmed tortillas and top with shredded cabbage and salsa

Alicia was diagnosed with Chronic Vestibular Migraine in 2016 and has been able to successfully manage her symptoms through medication, supplements, lifestyle changes, and the Heal Your Headache Diet by Dr. David Buchholz from Johns Hopkins. She's the owner of The Dizzy Cook.

18 comments

  1. Jen

    I accidentally bought tomato paste instead of tomato puree. I’ve never even seen tomato puree in stores. What, if anything, can I substitute for the tomato puree?

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      Hi Jen, you can buy any sort of plain canned tomatoes and just blend them in a blender until they’re smooth. There’s a way to make it with fresh tomatoes, but you’d have to boil them and strain.
      If you wanted to mix 1 tbsp of the tomato paste you bought with 1/2 cup of extra broth to thin it, that might work in a pinch too. 🙂

      Reply

  2. Jen

    Thanks! I’d never even heard of tomato puree. Seems like it would be like crushed tomatoes. I think diluting the tomato paste will work well.

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      Crushed tomatoes would also work well here! They’re basically a mixture of diced and tomato puree. I thought most stores carried the Pomi puree, but it’s tough to tell.

      Reply

  3. Mickayla

    Is tomato puree tomato paste? Tomato sauce? “Strained tomatoes”? Or did you blend whole tomatoes? Not familiar with this term.

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      It’s just tomatoes that have been cooked, pureed, and strained for seeds. It may also say “strained tomatoes”. You can buy tomato puree canned or boxed, like Pomi. I hope that helps!

      Reply

      1. Mickayla

        That does help, thanks! I have glass jars of strained tomatoes in my pantry right now 🙂

        Reply

  4. Brandy

    5 stars
    I made this the other day and it was so easy and delicious. I threw it all in my crock pot because I dont have an instant cooker. It was so yummy my daughter cleaned her plate. Forever a follower

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  5. Mickayla

    4 stars
    This was pretty good, definitely easy with the instant pot. I feel like this was missing something flavour-wise, but that might just be my association that soft shell tacos should have some lime/ citrus flavour. Oh well, I’d prefer to be missing the lime flavour over fighting a bad migraine! Fortunate to have these recipes as inspiration to keep me on track!

    I’d also like to add for those near sea level: I doubled the recipe and only cooked this for 6mins. They came out around 190`F, so very cooked with just 6mins! If I didn’t double the recipe I would have cooked them for 5mins. I left them out while I reduced the sauce, as I didn’t want them to overcook and dry out. I was happy with the texture this way, but if I made them as described they likely would have been overcooked and had drier meat. *Note I am experienced with my instant pot and know how long things take to cook at my elevation with my model. If you are unsure, just follow the recipe 🙂

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    1. Alicia

      Actually you made me realize I had left out the vinegar addition – so thank you! I typically mix it in after everything has cooked. It adds some of that bite you’re referring to. Definitely not the same, but it helps. Thanks for your helpful tips for the IP! I am not too high elevation, but I tried it for 7 minutes before and while it was cooked through, it wasn’t very easy to shred.

      Reply

      1. Karen Mizrach

        So do you add the vinegar in the recipe in with all the ingredients or wait until the end to mix it in – or is it more vinegar you add in at the end?

        Reply

        1. Alicia

          I stir it in just before serving!

          Reply

  6. Sarah Dreebin

    5 stars
    I just made this tonight and my husband went nuts over it :). Love your recipes!

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      I’m so glad, Sarah!! That makes my day!

      Reply

  7. Erica

    Hi Alicia! Does one garlic mean one whole garlic or just one garlic clove? Thank you!

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      Hey Erica – just one garlic clove. I’ll update that so it’s clear!

      Reply

  8. Jesse Murphy

    My Chipotle Chili Powder has Silicone Dioxide in it. Is this safe?

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      Yes, it’s just an anti-caking agent!

      Reply

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