by Olena

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

by Olena

4.9 from 9 reviews

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is everything you love about Mexican food in one pot 30 minute meal. Delicious and  healthy soup loaded with chicken, veggies and tortillas, this soup will warm you to the bones.

Love soup for dinner like us? Try Instant Pot taco soup or Instant Pot black bean soup.

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Tortilla Soup

This Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup is from Gina’s new cookbook Skinnytaste One and Done. It is thick, hearty and sticks to your ribs. And so easy and kid friendly.

You can probably pull off this chicken tortilla soup right now. Many pantry staples. Maybe a quick run to the store for fresh Mexican garnishes but other than that it is an easy lunch or dinner.

I love making a huge pot of soup on the weekend and send everyone who is hungry in that direction. I have 3 boys – one grown up who never stops and 2 hockey players. Can you blame me?!:)

Looking for more dinner ideas? Check out my most popular collection of 30 healthy Instant Pot recipes.

Ingredients You Will Need

Soups are very forgiving. That’s why I love soups unconditionally.

  • Chicken: Chicken breast, thighs or any part of chicken works.
  • Black beans: Omit or use red kidney or pinto beans.
  • Corn: I use frozen corn and no need to thaw. Canned works too.
  • Tomato sauce: Passata or crushed tomatoes will work. It is the same tomato sauce with a different name based on your location. Or pulse diced tomatoes in a blender.
  • Broth: Use water and maybe more spices to taste. Done it many times.
  • Chipotle in adobo sauce: You can find it in small cans in Mexican food section. Replace with smoked paprika or extra chili powder to taste.
  • Cumin and chili powder
  • Tortillas: I recommend to use corn tortillas rather than wheat. Also you can use tortilla chips – crushed to thicken the soup and whole for serving.

how to make Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup step by step

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

If you are new to pressure cooking, check out my Instant Pot guide. It explains what happens, why and how to avoid failures.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet but are thinking about buying one, I explain which Instant Pot to buy in my humble opinion.

  1. Saute garlic right in Instant Pot. Press Cancel.
  2. Add half the tortillas, chicken, corn, black beans, chipotle, cumin, chili powder, broth, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. No need to stir. It is better not to stir because sugars in tomatoes may start caramelizing at the bottom and cause the “burn” message.
  3. Cook for 20 minutes on high pressure. On Instant Pot Duo press Pressure Cook and select high pressure and on Lux press Manual (it is only high pressure).
  4. Release pressure using Quick Release. You can also let the pressure subside on its own. Not a big deal.
  5. Open the lid and shred chicken with 2 forks right in the pot. Stir and we are ready to top soup with garnishes. Best part, if you ask me!

Garnishes Ideas

  • Tortilla strips: Fry the other half in a separate ceramic non-stick skillet while soup is cooking.
  • Or simply use tortilla chips.
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Red onion
  • Avocado

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup in a bowl with a spoon garnished with diced avocado and cilantro

How to Cook Soup on the Stove

Cook half of the tortillas with 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet or in the pot for soup for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for another minute, stirring.

If using skillet, transfer tortillas to a large pot and add remaining ingredients. Bring soup to a boil and then simmer covered on low for 40 minutes.

How to Make Soup in Slow Cooker

Cook garlic and half tortillas in a skillet. Then add to a large slow cooker with remaining ingredients. Cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours.

Tips

  • For 3 quart Instant Pot, half the ingredients but keep same cooking time.
  • You can use frozen chicken. Cooking time will not change. Your Instant Pot will take a few minutes longer to come to pressure. If using a couple of chicken breasts, make sure they are separated.
  • Use hot broth or boiling water to speed up pressure build up. I usually turn on full kettle before starting the soup rep. I dilute organic bouillon cubes in hot water to make broth.
  • Release pressure outside to avoid house smell like food for days.

Can I Freeze It?

Yes. Because there are no tender vegetables in this Instant Pot tortilla soup, you can freeze it. Freeze cooked and cooled down soup leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Thaw on a counter overnight and reheat. For quick thawing, place frozen soup into a pot and simmer on low covered, stirring occasionally.

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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

4.9 from 9 reviews

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is everything you love about Mexican food in one pot 30 minute meal. Delicious and  healthy soup loaded with chicken, veggies and tortillas, this soup will warm you to the bones.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup and Stew
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Scale

Ingredients

  • 8 corn tortillas, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil, divided
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large chicken breast, boneless & skinless
  • 15 oz can low sodium black beans, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups corn, fresh or frozen
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 2 x 15 oz cans tomato sauce, low sodium
  • 2 tbsp chipotle in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Avocado, red onion, cilantro and lime, for garnish

Instructions

  1. On Instant Pot, press Saute and wait until display says Hot. Add 1 tbsp oil and garlic; saute for about 1 minute. Press Cancel .
  2. Add half of tortilla strips, chicken, black beans, corn, broth, tomato sauce, chipotle in adobo, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Close the lid, turn pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 20 minutes.
  4. While soup is cooking, preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl remaining 1 tbsp of oil to coat.
  5. Add tortilla strips and cook for 5-7 minutes or until crispy, stirring occasionally. Or skip this step and use tortilla chips.
  6. After Instant Pot has finished cooking, release pressure using Quick Release method.
  7. Open the lid and shred chicken with 2 forks right in the pot.
  8. Stir and serve hot with tortilla strips and garnishes.

Notes

  • Chicken: Chicken breast, thighs or any part of chicken works.
  • Black beans: Omit or use red kidney or pinto beans.
  • Corn: I use frozen corn and no need to thaw. Canned works too.
  • Tomato sauce: Passata or crushed tomatoes will work. It is the same tomato sauce with a different name based on your location. Or pulse diced tomatoes in a blender.
  • Broth: Use water and maybe more spices to taste. Done it many times.
  • Chipotle in adobo sauce: You can find it in small cans in Mexican food section. Replace with smoked paprika or extra chili powder to taste.
  • Cumin and chili powder
  • Tortillas: I recommend to use corn tortillas rather than wheat. Also you can use tortilla chips – crushed to thicken the soup and whole for serving.
  • You can use frozen chicken. Cooking time will not change. Your Instant Pot will take a few minutes longer to come to pressure. If using a couple of chicken breasts, make sure they are separated.
  • Use hot broth or boiling water to speed up pressure build up. I usually turn on full kettle before starting the soup rep. I dilute organic bouillon cubes in hot water to make broth.
  • Release pressure outside to avoid house smell like food for days.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I tell you what THIS IS The Best! Tortilla soup EVER! I am sharing this link with everyone I know cause it’s soup time! it was such a snap! I’m just addicted to my instapot too and ifoodreal.com is one of the best sites for go to recipes ever!

  2. Side note: Instead of the tortillas, grab a few tortilla chips right from the bag (choose a great brand, COSTCO has some good ones), crush a few slightly in your hand and sprinkle on top of your soup – easy, crunchy, fresh, delicious – and no cleanup!

  3. It was dEE-licious! I added a scoop of home made Mexican rice to each individual bowl before ladling in the soup – extra YUM! Thx❣️

  4. Can you suggest any substitution for the chipotle in adobo sauce? I have dried chipotle chili flakes. I have all the ingredients at home to make this tonight except for the chipotle in adobo sauce, but I’ll make a run to the store if need be 🙂

    1. Hi Sabrina. No, don’t go to the store. Chipotle in adobo is a bit smoky and spicy. So add chili flakes to taste and maybe if you have a bit of BBQ sauce or liquid smoke or smoked paprika. Or nothing.:)

  5. This has to be one of my favorite soups. So much flavor and depth without having to make ANY modifications to the recipe. This one is definitely a keeper.

  6. The flavor of the soup was great! I even used frozen chicken and it cooked just the same. My only BIG problem was with the tortillas in the soup. They were still there and a really slimy consistency! I’m thinking I should not have used the wheat tortillas that I had and gone with corn instead. Not totally sure that was the issue but just a warning!

    1. I have added that to FAQs. Good question! You have to use corn tortillas or no tortillas at all. Wheat tortillas will get soggy. Not to mention they do not add flavor like corn tortillas do. If you have no corn tortillas, skip all together.:)

  7. Just tried this in my insta-pot I got for Christmas. So glad I did it was so good and easy to make! Tastes like something I’d expect a restaurant to come up with! Definitely going to make it again and check out more of your recipes.

  8. I SO love all soups so this is difficult, but my favorite is probably my “kitchen sink” (as in everything but…lol) ground beef veggie. I just got an instant pot, actually a different brand (Mueller) and I am SO excited to make your instant pot freezer recipes. I had never heard of one until I found your blog. Now I have one as of yesterday!! My husband is even all jazzed about it *GRIN* Thank you for the inspiration.

  9. I have so many favorite soups that my recipe ring binder has a separate tab just for soup! But, I think my all-time favorite is my cousin’s baked potato soup recipe. She made it for my husband and I once years ago and I’ve been making it ever since. It’s hearty and comforting, yet with her recipe it’s healthy since she had to adapt it for my uncle who had major heart/artery surgery and is on a very restricted (low sodium/low fat) diet. The bacon, cheese and homemade croutons (and chives too) are kept on the side as garnish so everyone can control their own dietary intake.

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