Tinga Tacos

Vegan Instant Pot Tinga Tacos

  • Author: Deborah
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


These Tinga Tacos are made with vegan tinga, traditionally flavored with a unique combination of fire roasted tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano and smoky chipotle, then non-traditionally cooked for 20-30 minutes in an Instant Pot. Spicy and saucy abound in this tinga taco recipe that’s so simple, you can make with your eyes closed!



For Vegan Tinga

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 1 heaping tsp minced garlic
  • 13 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce w/ 1 tsp sauce finely diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 can (15 oz) crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 12 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegan sugar
  • 2 cans (15 oz ea) young jackfruit in water
  • juice of large, fresh lime

For the Toppings

  • sliced avocado
  • chopped cilantro
  • diced red onion
  • crumbled vegan cotija cheese (I make my own out of tofu)
  • lime wedges


  • To your instant pot, add olive oil, garlic, onion, vegetable broth, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, oregano, cumin, fire-roasted tomatoes, sea salt and black pepper to taste, tomato sauce and sugar. Give it a good stir.
  • Rinse and drain jackfruit in colander. Shred, just like you would chicken, into clean bowl. Sprinkle generously with lime juice. Stir and add to pot.
  • Saute for 20-30 minutes or slow cook for 2-4 hours.
  • Prepare toppings.
  • Once vegan tinga is done, heat your tortillas over open flame on gas stove or in a skillet. Fill with generous portion of vegan tinga, sprinkle with your favorite toppings, give each taco a good squirt of lime and enjoy with a nice, cold cerveza.


  • If you don’t have an instant pot, just use a large skillet, wok, or crock pot. When using a crock pot, you can either saute the veggies and spices first and add them, or add all ingredients at once. Cook for at least 4 hours.
  • Be careful with the chipotle peppers. They are super hot. I know, because I put 4 or 5 of them into my recipe. The tinga tacos came out a bit too hot for my taste but they were still delicious. Start with one or two and adjust accordingly.
  • Feel free to add different spices. I stuck to tradition.
  • Category: Vegan Dinner Recipes
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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