Easy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

This is the BEST Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup! It tastes like it’s been cooking all day, but it only takes minutes in your electric pressure cooker. 

Don’t have an Instant Pot? You can also make this Chicken Tortilla Soup in the slow cooker.

I love this Instant Pot Tortilla Soup so much.

Mainly for the toppings!

But also because it’s one of those soup recipes that’s super easy to throw together at the last minute with minimal effort.

For years now, I’ve been making this Chicken Tortilla Soup in the slow cooker. But, I thought it was finally time to adapt it for the Instant Pot!

Ingredients needed

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs if you prefer.
  • Chicken Broth – Or homemade bone broth.
  • Canned Beans – Or, have you tried making Instant Pot black beans? They turn out super flavorful and can be made in under an hour with no soaking!
  • Canned Tomatoes – I prefer to use crushed tomatoes in this recipe.
  • Olive Oil
  • Tomato Paste
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno + Bell Pepper – Or, swap in a can of green chiles.
  • Lime Juice
  • Mexican Spices – Cilantro, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and cayenne. Or, you can swap out these spices for some homemade taco seasoning.
Chicken tortilla soup after cooking in instant pot.

How to make it

  • Turn your instant pot to SAUTE and add the olive oil.
  • Once hot, add the minced onion and cook 3 minutes, until softened.
  • Hit CANCEL and add the chicken, broth, beans, tomatoes, jalapenos, bell pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and cayenne. Stir to combine, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Hit MANUAL to cook at high pressure for 7 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build then the countdown timer will begin.
  • Once the time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing any remaining pressure by turning the valve to the venting position.
  • Remove the chicken and shred with two forks.
  • Return the chicken to the pot and stir in lime juice and cilantro. Season with salt.
  • Serve, topped with desired toppings and enjoy!

Topping ideas

Hand holding bowl of Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup topped with avocado, tortilla chips and sour cream.

I love serving this Chicken Tortilla Soup at parties since everyone can customize their own bowl of soup. I like mine topped with greek yogurt, jalapenos, and cilantro. My husband loves these crunchy tortilla strips and lots of shredded cheese.

If you’d like to make this Instant Pot Tortilla Soup vegetarian-friendly, you could swap out the chicken with an extra can of black beans, instant pot black beans, or some frozen corn kernels.

Serving suggestions

To round out the meal, pair your bowl of instapot tortilla soup with one of these easy side dishes:

Overhead close up of bowl of Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup topped with avocado, tortilla chips and sour cream.

Wine pairings

  • Look for lighter-bodied, fruit-focused reds like Beaujolais or Grenache.
  • Alternatively, a Malbec or Tempranillo will be a bit heavier, but compliment the smoky-spicy flavors in this soup.

How to make ahead & store

Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Or, portion the soup into freezer bags and freeze for up to three months.

More Instant Pot soup recipes

Don’t have an Instant Pot? You can also make this Chicken Tortilla Soup in the slow cooker.

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Overhead close up of bowl of Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup topped with avocado, tortilla chips and sour cream.

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

This is the BEST Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup! It tastes like it’s been cooking all day, but it only takes minutes in your electric pressure cooker. 
5 from 13 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Time for pressure to build & release: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

Toppings:

Instructions

  • Turn instant pot to SAUTE and add olive oil. Once hot, add onion and cook 3 minutes.
  • Hit CANCEL and add the chicken, broth, beans, tomatoes, jalapenos, bell pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and cayenne. Stir to combine, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Hit MANUAL to cook at high pressure for 7 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build then the countdown timer will begin.
  • Once the time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing any remaining pressure.
  • Remove the chicken and shred with two forks. Return to pot and stir in lime juice and cilantro. Season with salt. Serve, topped with desired toppings.
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Nutrition

Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1070mg | Potassium: 1242mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1215IU | Vitamin C: 45.5mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 4.6mg

 

14 thoughts on “Easy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe”

    • So sorry about that! Yes, you can add it in when the broth goes in. I decided to leave it out of the final recipe, along with the tomato paste, but I forgot to leave it off of the recipe ingredients. It will still taste amazing in there though. The recipe has been updated. Thank you so much for the heads up.

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      • 5 stars
        The recipe with the 1/2 c salsa verde and 3T tomato paste in there is great – I’ll continue including both! It’s delicious!

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    • Hi Monica – I would increase the cook time to 12 minutes for frozen chicken breasts. Just be sure they’re not stuck together. Hope that helps!

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