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Easy, Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Easy, Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is a quick and easy 20-minute Mexican pressure cooker recipe with tortilla strips, avocado, Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, black beans, and cilantro. This taco soup is perfect one pot meal for weeknight dinners, meal prep, and freezer meals. Toss your favorite salsa on the soup if you wish to get it an enchilada feel! Really strapped for time? Use rotisserie chicken!
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup in a white bowl
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This post was originally published in 2017. It has since been updated. 
The people have spoken! Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is in order! When I say the people….I mean YOU people….Stay Snatched readers! I sent out a survey to my loyal Instant Pot recipe readers asking which recipe they would like to see next on the blog. There was an overwhelming response for chicken tortilla soup.
This recipe includes black beans, but if you are looking to make black beans from scratch, check out my Instant Pot Black Beans recipe.
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Most of the country is dealing with sub-zero temperatures and/or snow right now. We could all use some great comfort food! The best thing about this recipe is that from start to finish you should be able to complete this dish in around 30 minutes. Say what?! Yes, 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

  1. Saute onions and garlic in the pot.
  2. Add the chicken breasts, broth, Better than Bouillon, taco seasoning, and tomato paste to the pot.
  3. Close and seal.
  4. Pressure cook.
  5. Remove the chicken and shred. Return the chicken to the pot.
  6. Stir and serve.
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

One of the things that blew me away when I first got my Instant Pot was the ability to produce JUICY shredded chicken in 10 minutes. I made juicy, shredded chicken previously in my slow-cooker.

This is still an amazing way to produce shredded chicken. But, when it comes to weeknight dinners, if I didn’t pop in the chicken early that morning before rushing off to work, then there is no shredded chicken that night. 

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

How Long Do Chicken Breasts Need to Cook

Size really matters when determining how long your chicken breasts will need to cook. 

You determine cook time based on size of individual breasts, not total pounds. 

  • 6-ounce chicken breasts 6-8 minutes 
  • 8-ounce chicken breasts 7-9 minutes 
  • 10-ounce chicken breasts 8-10 minutes 

You can read more about How to Cook Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot here.

Chicken Tortilla soup in Instant Pot

Can You Use Rotisserie Chicken?

Yes, in fact, that would save some time with this recipe. Simply skip the steps pertaining to the chicken.

Chicken Tortilla soup in Instant Pot

Recipe Tips

  • If you wish to make this low-carb and keto, simply omit the beans and tortilla! If strict keto, omit the corn as well.
  • Additional topping ideas: sliced avocado, reduced-fat sour cream, plain, non-fat Greek yogurt (protein sour cream replacement), guacamole, jalapenos.
  • Cooking time noted includes the estimated time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure.
  • Instead of using pre-mixed taco seasoning you can make your own using 1 tbsp of chili powder and 1 tsp cumin.
  • I did not add any additional salt to this recipe. For me, the taco seasoning and Better Than Bouillon Chicken flavor provided enough flavor. If your soup is too salty you can dilute it with small doses of water.

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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is a quick and easy 20-minute pressure cooker recipe with tortilla strips, avocado, Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, black beans, and cilantro. This meal is perfect for weeknight dinners, meal prep, and freezer meals.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken tortilla soup in Instant Pot, Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 339kcal

Ingredients

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Instructions

  • Place the Instant Pot on the saute function. Add the onions and garlic to the pot. Cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken breasts, chicken broth, Better than Bouillon, taco seasoning, and tomato paste to the Instant Pot.
  • Close the pot and seal. Place the Instant Pot on Manual > High Pressure Cooking for 10 minutes.
  • Allow the steam to naturally release for 10 minutes instead of performing a quick release.
  • Remove the lid. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred using a knife and fork.
  • Return the chicken to the pot. Place the Instant Pot on the saute function.
  • Add the corn, beans, Rotel, and lime juice. Stir to combine. Allow the soup to cook for 3-4 minutes until the corn and beans have softened some.
  • Serve in soup bowls. Top with tortilla strips, cilantro, and shredded cheese.

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Notes

  • Additional topping ideas: sliced avocado, reduced-fat sour cream, plain, non-fat Greek yogurt (protein sour cream replacement), guacamole, jalapenos.
  • If you prefer to use store-bought taco seasoning, use 1/4-1/2 of the packet.
  • Cooking time noted includes the estimated time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure.
  • If your soup is too salty you can dilute it with small doses of water.
  • If you want to make the soup keto friendly, omit the beans and corn. Top with Parmesan Cheese Crisps or pork rinds.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 8g
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Wanda

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Made this tonight and it was yummy!!! Definitely going to be in the dinner rotation. Thanks for sharing.

staysnatched

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Kayla

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Another amazing recipe Brandi! So quick to put together and, as usual, delicious. Thanks girl!

staysnatched

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

You're so welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Keri

Sunday 8th of November 2020

It’s finally soup weather, so I made this today for lunch. SO GOOD I added a half cup of heavy cream at the end because it was going to go bad and needed to be used. So now it was creamy tortilla soup and I am obsessed.

So good. 10/10. I should have doubled it, because there are no leftovers. Definitely will be using this throughout this winter!

staysnatched

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

I love that idea! I need to try that!

Erika

Sunday 27th of September 2020

This recipe is so flavorful & easy! Chicken tortilla soup is one of my favorite soups. I made it on my stovetop in a soup pot because I don’t have an Instant Pot. The temps will be cooling down this coming week and I can’t wait to enjoy this soup for lunches. Thank you again, Brandi, for another delicious recipe!

staysnatched

Monday 28th of September 2020

You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Ellen C

Friday 3rd of January 2020

A stupid question - do I still pressure cook the ingredients without the chicken if using rotisserie chicken?

staysnatched

Tuesday 28th of January 2020

Hi yes, but you will have to adjust the cook time, since it's longer for the chicken. I would start with a few minutes and adjust if necessary.