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Chickpea and chorizo in blue corn tortillas, sprinkled with crumbled queso fresco and diced cilantro, with more queso, blue corn tortillas, and lime wedges in the background.

Instant Pot Chickpea and Chorizo Tacos

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 tacos 1x


Instant Pot Chickpea and Chorizo Tacos. Pressure cooked chickpeas, mixed with crispy chorizo, make a spicy filling for tacos at your next fiesta - or a weeknight.



Pressure Cooker Chickpeas

  • 8 ounces dried chickpeas (about 1¼ cups), sorted and rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt


  • 12 ounces fresh chorizo (aka Mexican chorizo), casing removed
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Juice from ½ a fresh lime


  • Tortillas
  • Minced cilantro
  • Sour cream


  1. Pressure cook the chickpeas for 45 minutes with a Quick Release: Put the dried chickpeas, 4 cups of water, and ½ teaspoon of salt in an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. Lock the lid, and cook at high pressure for 45 minutes in an Instant Pot or other electric PC, or for 40 minutes in a stovetop PC. (Use “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot). Quick release the pressure in the pot and drain the chickpeas.
  2. Fry the chorizo and the chickpeas: Put the chorizo in a large nonstick frypan over medium-low heat. Cook the chorizo, stirring and breaking it up, until it is cooked through and just starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add the drained chickpeas to the frypan, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, and cook, stirring often, until the chorizo is crispy, about 3 more minutes. Drizzle the chickpea and chorizo mix with lime juice. Serve with the accompaniments and enjoy!


  • You can pressure cook the chickpeas ahead of time. Store them in 2-cup containers, with just enough cooking liquid to cover, for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer. Thaw, drain, and continue with the “Fry the chorizo and chickpeas” step.
  • As you can see from the previous note, this is a great way to use up extra homemade chickpeas - thaw out 2 2-cup containers of frozen chickpeas. Or, you can substitute 2 15-ounce cans of chickpeas. Canned chickpeas don’t taste quite as good as homemade, but they’ll still work fine with this recipe.
  • The chorizo and chickpea amounts in the recipe are flexible. Want to cook a whole pound of chorizo? Go for it. A little short on chickpeas? That’s fine, too. See? Flexible.
  • Want to soak your chickpeas? The cooking time for soaked chickpeas is 20 minutes at high pressure with a quick release.
  • Don’t get Spanish cured chorizo for this recipe; you want Mexican fresh chorizo. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Spanish chorizo and beans, other than the Spanish chorizo flavor isn’t quite right for tacos.)


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Category: Weeknight Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Instant Pot Chickpea and Chorizo Tacos, Pressure Cooker Chickpea and Chorizo Tacos