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3-ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Does Taco Tuesday sneak up on you every week? Right?! Me too! Or maybe your Tuesday is super busy and you need a quick dinner? I have a super yummy 3-ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos for you that can be made in advance or last minute! AND your entire family will love it! My kids even eat this up!

Usually my days end up being super rushed before dinner, so I have been loving my Instant pot for 2 reasons. One I can quickly do dinner from even frozen chicken in about 25 mins, or I can pop it in earlier when I have time and let it slow cook until dinner. So here’s a great Instant Pot Chicken Tacos for whichever way you need to cook today!

Before & After:


3-ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
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Easy 3 ingredient instant pot Chicken tacos
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
  • 2-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 TBSP Chicken Taco seasoning
  • 1 cup of salsa
  1. Add chicken to Instant Pot
  2. Sprinkle the top with the chicken taco seasoning.
  3. Top with 1 cup salsa. If the salsa is thick add ½ cup water.
  4. Set Instant pot to the following cook times: 12 mins for fresh chicken, 20 mins for frozen chicken, or 10 mins if going to slow cook. If slow cook, once 10 mins are up switch to slow cook setting for however many hours are left.
  5. Once cooked, pull chicken out and shred. Put shredded chicken back in the juice in the pot and saute for 5 minutes (this boils off the water and adds more flavor to the meat).

A few of our favorite ways to eat the taco meat are:

  • traditional style on some tortillas with cheese and lettuce
  • Salad with lots of lettuce, topped with chicken, tomatoes, and plain greek yogurt (in place of sour cream)
  • Nachos!


If you are New to the whole Instant Pot thing or not sure what it is here is an affiliate link: Instant Pot.


What is your favorite way to eat chicken tacos? Let me know if you try this!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


I made some awesome muffins today and just want to share!!

Here in California, if you blink your bananas will look like this:


We are talking a couple days up to a week if you forget, or get busy, they get covered up.. etc. Its happening WAY too often to me! So I’ve been searching for alternatives to Banana Bread. Not that it’s bad, just looking for something different!

In my Pinterest (follow me here) perusing I found this recipe from Crunchy Creamy Sweet. They looked pretty easy, I had all the ingredients AND it said ‘skinny’. By this I mean no oil and greek yogurt is used instead. I’m always game because I tend to eat more than my fair share!

I whipped these up this morning before it got too warm. A note about hot California – baking has to be restricted to early morning or late evening. 🙁 They were pretty simple and fast. The two substitutions I used were regular whole wheat flour vs white whole wheat and I only had semi-sweet chocolate chips.

I baked for the 5 minutes, then another 13 or so. My toothpick seemed clean, but I think they needed to bake a bit longer. They are not as fluffy as Anna’s and they ‘sank’ as they cooled in the pan for a bit. However that did not alter the taste! Here is the final product:


Even Hannah approved and chowed down on one after her nap! They have a great flavor and I’ll definitely be making some more!!

Homemade Corn Tortillas

We eat a lot of Mexican food. It is easy to cook and fast and yummy! Tacos and enchiladas are our staples. Last week I made my fancy chicken tacos and bought our favorite tortillas at the store. Our favorites are La Tortilla Factory Handmade Style corn tortillas. They are super yummy but a bit pricey. After the first night (oh yeah we eat them for a week it makes so much!!), hubby suggested we try to make our own. So I started looking on Pinterest.. I found this great tutorial from Naturally Ella! It looked easy!

I hit the store to buy some Maseca, which is corn flour. I don’t have a tortilla press but the comments say a pie plate or rolling pin work fine!

I followed the recipe on the back of the bag:

2 c Masa

1 1/3 c water

1/4 tsp salt

Dissolve the salt into water and then add to the flour and mix.

Then you use golf-ball or ping-pong ball size balls of dough to made the tortillas. Flatten them out then cook in a medium high heat pan 60s each side.

Keep warm in a damp towel.

Well I don’t have a press. I might get one if this becomes a regular thing.. Something like this: Cast Iron Tortilla Press.  Instead I used a pie plate to press them then a rolling pin to thin them out a bit.



This worked great to get them even and round. Just not super thin.

First time I cooked them one at a time in my skillet…



Rightttt… It took For.ev.ER. I think because they are thicker it took a bit longer to cook. The second time I used my electric skillet. Use one or a large griddle. trust me.

However they turned out fabulously!



The tortillas in action:



Seriously. This is easy. You will not want to buy tortillas ever again!!

Have you ever made your own tortillas?

Blueberry Protein Muffins

Pinterest can be fun! We all know we spend WAYYY too much time on there. However I have found a few good things!

For example I found these:


They looked pretty good, but so do most picture people take right?! Anyways I was bored on Sunday and wanted to bake. Not just cookies or something terrible, but something a little different! (Don’t get me wrong.. I made cookies too!)

So I made these.  Here is the recipe from Domesticated Academic:

  • 2 c. AP flour
  • 1 c. Oatmeal (I used regular not quick oats. – either should work)
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 oz honey nonfat greek yogurt (2 of the little cups)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted & cooled
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 c blueberries


1. Heat oven to 350F

2. Coat muffin tins with liners or spray

3. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

4. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

5. Add wet to dry ingredients. Gently fold in blueberries

6. Spoon into muffin tray and bake 20-25 mins.

Here is everything mixed up:


Then scooped into the muffin tins. I filled mine pretty full and STILL got 16 muffins. Pretty good deal!


Then twiddle your thumbs and play on facebook and twitter for about 21 minutes…


And they are done! I think they look pretty amazing!!

Let them cool in the pan for about 10 minutes so they are easier to get out. I didn’t user liners.

You can eat them immediately, but I also have reheated in the micro for a bit and they are yummy! The finished muffins:


I have to say these are really good. I haven’t done the full nutrition on them and they aren’t likely super great, but they definitely have way more protein than anything out of a box mix! I am really enjoying eating one with my breakfast every day. It has helped me stay full longer for sure!

Give them a try if you have the ingredients! I’ll be making more for sure as blueberries come into season!!

Chicken Sausage & Green Beans

We are usually into simple dinners these days. I usually work late and unless we do the crockpot thing dinner needs to take <30 minutes. Sometimes we do fancier things, but then we starve. ha!

One of our favorite things is chicken sausages and green beans:


This is the chicken sausages:

I buy these regularly at Safeway and while they might be a bit pricey they are amazing.  In the summer we grill them. A few times I have baked them, but mostly we split them down the middle and throw them on the George Foreman grill. (When you live in a chilly climate its a must!!)

They just have to get heated through, so it does not take that long.  The apple kind is our favorite! The apple gives it a hint of sweetness.  Yes they are a bit high in sodium but we tend to drink a lot of water so it does not matter as much. We do not eat it more than once a week. They are also pretty high in protein for what you get, so that is important!

Then to pair with it, we have some sauteed green beans! I buy whole green beans frozen. Heat up a skillet with some EVOO and throw in a bit of garlic and some sliced almonds. Throw in the green beans frozen. Stir them every minute or so and they will cook up in about 5 mins. I alternate between using minced garlic and garlic powder. Both work just fine. The almonds are optional but we love having them in and they add a little treat.


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