This easy Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup recipe tastes like it's been cooked low and slow, but it's fast and requires minimal effort!
Try my stove top chicken tortilla soup recipe if you prefer.
I think you'll really like this Tex-Mex chicken soup. It's got a delicious fire-roasted tomato broth, corn, beans, spices, and tender shredded chicken. It's not too spicy, but it's packed with flavor. It's actually pretty healthy too.
The toppings are always my favorite part, though. 😉
Love making soup in the Instant Pot? You may also like my Instant Pot taco soup recipe, my Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup, or my Instant Pot chicken tortellini soup.
How to make chicken tortilla soup in an Instant Pot
Sauté your onion right in your Instant Pot, add your chicken breasts and the rest of the ingredients, seal it up, and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure. Shred the chicken with two forks then add it back into the pressure cooker. Serve and garnish bowls as desired. Simple as that!
This tasty soup can be topped with a variety of things:
- Chopped avocado
- Mexican shredded cheese blend (mine had cheddar, queso quesadilla, and Monterey Jack)
- Chopped cilantro
- Tortilla chips
- Lime wedges
- Greek yogurt or sour cream
This Instant Pot tortilla soup is so good that the leftovers went really fast too. They're even better for lunch the next day!
If you prefer chicken thighs, you can definitely make the swap. In fact, they'll be even more juicy than chicken breasts.
Will you try making this electric pressure cooker chicken tortilla soup recipe? Hope you give it a try! Questions? Ask me in the comments below.
More Instant Pot chicken recipes you may want to try:
- Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
- Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
- Easy Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
- Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
- Instant Pot Shredded Chicken (Chicken Breasts and Thighs)
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 3 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can corn drained
- 1 (15 fluid ounce) can black beans drained & rinsed
- 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
- 2 (13.5 fluid ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes with juices
- 4 cups chicken broth
- Salt & pepper to taste
Toppings (optional, to taste):
- Chopped avocado, Mexican shredded cheese blend, cilantro, tortilla chips/strips, lime wedges, sour cream
- Sauté the onion in your Instant Pot for 4-5 minutes.
- Add the other soup ingredients, except for salt & pepper, to your pressure cooker and give it a stir.
- Cancel sauté, close the lid, and ensure the valve is on the "sealing" position. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. It'll take about 10-15 minutes for it to get up to pressure.
- Once the countdown has finished, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, and then do a quick pressure release.
- Take the chicken out and shred it with two forks. Add it back into the soup, dish it up, and top each bowl as desired.
- I use this 6-quart Instant Pot.
- Here is the stovetop version.
- You can use chicken thighs if you prefer (use about a pound or so).
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
So yummy and sooo easy! The only changes I have made were using a can of fire roasted crushed tomatoes instead of diced because I can never find those at my local store. It always turns out so good! Love this for work lunches too because it is so easy for meal prep or just leftovers! So flavourful and so easy in the instant pot!
I'm so happy you enjoyed it, Serena!! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!
Sonia Avelar says
Hi, I had a cold a few weeks ago and my sweet neighbor made me this most delish soup! I had to have the recipe. So I'm going to make it tonight, but I'm confused about when I'm supposed to add the salt and pepper? The directions say...
"Add the other soup ingredients, except for salt & pepper, to your pressure cooker and give it a stir. "
Do I add at the end, after I shred the chicken??
Hi! That's so nice of your neighbor! Yes, you taste it and add in at the end based on how much it needs (everyone's tastes vary).
Hi! I'mwanting to use frozen chicken breasts, how much extra time should I pressure cook it? TIA!
Looks delicious! Have you ever doubled recipe? Any idea how much time would need to be added?
Hi Julie, generally with Instant Pot recipes you don't add extra time when doubling. It'll take longer to get up to pressure, so it'll by default cook longer. My concern with doubling the recipe in a 6 quart is that it may not all fit. Just be sure not to go over that "max fill" line. You could add a bit more chicken and other ingredients and top up the liquids to that line vs. straight doubling.
So easy and full of flavor! Delicious. Just like all your other recipes I've tried. Thanks!
That's great!! So glad you liked it, Jen! Appreciate you taking the time to leave me a review.
I am confused as to why the instant pot recipe is higher in calories than the stove top version? Maybe I missed something but the ingredients look identical...
Regardless, sounds delicious. I'm excited to give it a try this weekend! :]
Hi!! I did both calories fairly recently, and I can’t exactly remember why they were different, but I thought the same thing. I believe there are subtle differences in the ingredient quantities when I looked more closely haha. Honestly, the calories will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use anyway, so they’re just a guideline.
My fave chicken tortilla soup ever!!! I've made this 3 times but it's the only recipe I'll use from now on. I changed it up a bit this time around and used garbanzo beans instead of the corn and added some carrot. Delicious! I add a small amount of sugar just to smoothen out the acidity from the tomatoes but other than that, I follow the recipe and I'm left with a flavorful soup that comes together quickly yet tastes like I've slaved over a hot stove for hours. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.
I’m so happy you like it!! Thanks for letting me know! I sometimes use the sugar trick too with tomatoes. ☺️♥️
XOXOXOXO!!! I could not find my old fashioned recipe, and I wanted to try my newish IP, so I jumped on Pinterest and viola! Your post was yummy looking, so I copied it into my recipe folder, and I know I will surely be preparing this one again! I did dismiss the first post b/c there were ingredients I don't normally use, and I love that yours are so simple. I also applaud your EZ instructions! It has exactly the results I was looking for! BTW, I used leftover rotisserie chicken, so precooked assured me that 8 minutes was going to be perfect.... And PERFECT IS WAS!!!
BRENDA F CLARKE says
one more thing, we dont dunk our tortilla chips into the soup, we eat them like crackers, so they stay crunchy!
So glad you enjoyed it, Brenda!! Thanks for leaving me a comment! 😀
This is the most delicious chicken tortilla soup I’ve ever eaten!! Perfectly seasoned! Added cilantro, avocado and some crushed tortilla chips to serve, really outstanding!
Aww so glad to hear it, Joanne!! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!
My whole family loved this! Pinning to my current rotation list!! Thank you!
Excellent! Thanks for letting me know!
I just made this and I have to say it definitely is a fast, easy recipe I can build into the weeknight rotation. I eat dairy free and gluten free, so I made some mods to get the thickness I was looking for without sour cream (which may be the only dairy I truly miss). First off, I’ll admit I used my own homemade veggie broth bc it was a week old and needed to go. I also added a pinch of cayenne bc...why the heck not?! When the recipe was finished, it was a little thin of a broth for me so I just added a can of Muir Glen tomato sauce. Lots of salt and pepper. And of course I couldn’t stop myself from adding green onions. Also I’m so lazy so I shredded the chicken with the flat beater. Great 30 minute dairy free gluten free recipe for me! Thanks so much! Also, if you don’t have fresh lime, don’t even make this recipe as it’s unfair to the soup. Makes the whole thing pop!
So glad you liked it, Tara! Your additions sound delish. 🙂
Cheyenne Wendegatz says
I have been using this specific recipe ever since I got the instant pot for Christmas in 2017. It is the best tasting, I tell you! I didn't need to try others after trying this one. Totally yummy with sour cream added after it's served. Gosh it's good!
I am so happy you like it! Thanks so much for the sweet comment. ❤️
Carly Leonhard says
The BEST chicken tortilla soup I've ever made. Thank you so much for this! I used frozen corn since that was all I had and it turned out wonderful. Great flavor, very easy and so quick. I've passed it along to all my friends that have an instant pot.
Your comment made my day! Thank you. 🙂
Vicki Nguyen says
Oh my yum!! Made this for dinner tonight! Love it! Cooked a little extra chicken to keep on the side for little mini quesadillas to dip in the soup.
Yay I'm so glad you liked it! Mini quesadillas?? Genius. 🙂
I’m not one to comment very often, but when my self proclaimed soup hater husband goes back for seconds...that is about the best compliment a person can get. I’ve heard for 25 years of marriage that soup is not a meal. This man ate two LARGE helpings of this soup tonight and said that this is his favorite soup I’ve made.
The only thing I changed up was I used 4 chicken breasts (I was too lazy to freeze the last one) and frozen corn (I didn’t have canned).
Thanks for a great recipe to come back to time and time again! It was super easy with great flavor!!
That's awesome!! Haha this made my night. 🙂
Can I use frozen chicken breast for this? If so, how long should it cook in the instant pot? I’m a new instant pot user! Thanks!
Hi! I haven't tested frozen chicken. Maybe try 10 minutes? If the chicken at all seems to not be cooked, please use a meat thermometer to ensure it's 165F in the middle.
Stephanie Zaientz says
Can this be adapted to a non insta pot recipe? Thanks!
Hi Stephanie! Yes.. just follow the steps and take the chicken out to shred once you think it's done. I don't know exactly how long it'll take since I haven't tested it. You could even do it with already cooked chicken (like rotisserie) and then it'll take less time. Let me know how it goes! 🙂
stewart king says
I'm grateful for online recipes, but I'm getting a bit jaded with the concept of "prep time." How in Hades can anyone prep this in five minutes? For the sake of research, I busted my anus on this one, didn't even throw cans away, and chopped faster than I'd usually do, and it still took me 25 minutes. Don't you folks have to peel your onions and garlic, open your cans, measure your spices? I even had all the canned goods on the counter top when I started - there's just no way a mere mortal could do this in five minutes. Do you wash your hands after handling raw chicken? There's a minute right there, no?
The onions saute for five minutes - don't you stop to stir that? I dunno. Maybe it's just me, but the cult of the insta-pot seems to get in people's heads and minutes are just shaved away . . . .
As a side note, a lot of insta pots show a 'burn' message if the user switches from 'saute' to 'pressure cook' without several minutes of down time. I've read this depends on the unit, but ours is certainly prone to this buzzkilling error message 🙁
I'd love to see a website / blog / whatever with REAL prep times for a change. I don't mind functioning in reality - I do it probably 90% of the day - but recipes should definitely hover in the realm of 'real' - in my humble opinion. We generally add 25 - 40 minutes to any 'prep time' in an insta pot recipe anymore.
(Finished Ranting) . . . That said, I'm sure this will turn out great - I've never had a tortilla soup that sucked, and the proportions here all seem well suited. I'd love to see more realistic prep times in the future.
Thanks for all you do,
Hi Stewart! I just re-read this recipe. I think what I did here was chop the onion and then prepped the rest while it was sauteing. Since the onion is already cooking, I don't really count that as prep time since it's already cooking. Prep to me is purely the time before you can get the cooking going if that makes sense. I don't prep everything before starting to cook. Only when baking. It takes me less than a minute to add all the spices to the IP, but I probably am faster than the average person. I put the garlic into my garlic press whole and that takes seconds. Yup, I definitely wash my hands after touching the raw chicken, but I don't add that until the very end. I get what you're saying, though. I do try to keep prep times reasonable when writing the recipe up - I may be off the mark for some people, though - my apologies. Yes, I always give the onion a quick stir or two while sauteing. I don't stop to do this, though. Honestly, I have never once received a burn warning on my IP. I've even tried to create that message for the purpose of troubleshooting recipes. On the bright side, at least I include inactive time in here (the time the IP takes to get up to pressure). 😉 That's my pet peeve about online IP recipes. They leave that part out. Hope you like the taste of the soup at least.
It took me less then 5 mins of prep! Maybe you should watch some YouTube videos on how to chop your veggies instead of ranting on someone’s blog! And, my IP never gave me a burn warning going from sauté to pressure cook. Sounds like another personal problem!
Try taking a breathe and enjoying life buddy!
Lavena Bushon says
My daughter made this 2 days ago and she and her family loved it! Two adults and one child...no leftovers, need I say more. I made it last night and my husband and I were amazed at how delicious it tasted! The deep flavors were awesome, like it simmered for hours. We have leftovers and we are excited to eat it again tonight!
We did cook it for 30 mins not 8. Other than that we went exactly by recipe. I will be making this for years to come. Easy and delicious!
I’m so happy it was so well received! Thanks for letting me know. ❤️
I've tried many different Tortilla Soup recipes, and I must say this one is at the bottom of the list. No offense - maybe it's because I'm truly not a fan of Tex-Mex, but this one really didn't work for me. Threw away the leftovers....
Ouch. I wonder what went wrong considering you're the first person who's had such a negative reaction.
This is delicious, could not be easier and has a nice hearty flavor. I did add a handful of tortilla chips to it and subbed jalapeños for the can of chili’s, used navy beans - this was just what I had on hand. So delicious, thank you for sharing. A keeper for sure!
Yay! I am so happy you like it, Jennie! I like what you did with the recipe too... good suggestions!
Lori S says
I made this for a friend who had just gotten out of the hospital. It was a nice hearty soup and there was enough for a dinner for the two of us as well. I will definitely be making this again.
Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
I want to add some veggies — some green beans and squash. Do I need to adjust the amount of liquid or cook time?
I haven't tested it so I can't say for sure, but I would leave everything the same. I imagine the veggies will end up quite soft based on other recipes I've made in the IP.
Are there tortillas in this recipe? I cook this in the slow cooker but am wondering how corn tortillas hold up under pressure. I'm new to IP cooking. Thanks.
Hi Karen! Nope, there's no tortillas in the actual soup. I just add them on for toppings. They would not hold up under pressure, so I just add the tortilla chips/strips on top for a little crunch after it's done cooking.
Oh my goodness, you had me at 'minimal effort' but I will keep making this for the wonderful flavor!! We loved this soup!! I toasted up some Italian bread to dip into this flavorful soup & it went fast!! I have a little bit left for some leftovers but not much!! LOL!! Thank you for sharing this!!!!
I am so happy you enjoyed the soup and found it easy, Kelly! 🙂
I just made this, it was very good!! I will definitely be making this on a regular basis. I used boneless thighs and they worked just fine with the cook time. It is really a wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing!
I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed the soup, Cathy! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. 🙂
Can’t wait to try this recipe! How many pounds of chicken would say you used?
Hi Brittney, I don't usually worry too much about the actual weight of the chicken (I just pick up whatever's at the grocery store and it all cooks up fine in the IP), but an average size chicken breast is about 6-8 ounces, so that would be just over a pound to a pound and a half of chicken. Hope you enjoy the recipe!
I have shredded chicken already and wonder if this could be modified to use the already shredded chicken?
Hi Shannon! I’d recommend cooking it on the stove if you’re using already cooked chicken, because it’ll way over cook it. If you really want to use the IP, maybe you could add the chicken in after the high pressure part is done and turn the valve so it’s ‘venting’ rather than sealing.
This recipe looks fantastic. I am an IP newbie so one question: if I use chicken thighs - do I need to alter the cook time?
Thank you! I'd keep the cooking time the same. Hope you like the recipe!
Delish. Did not motify whatsoever. Served with squeeze of lime, sour cream, cilantro,
So glad to hear that!! 🙂
I have a question what kind of tomatoes do you use. Never heard of them. Can I use stewed tomatoes i did from my garden last summer?
Hi Amanda! Sure, stewed tomatoes would work just fine. I just used canned diced tomatoes that happen to be fire-roasted (try the Muir Glen brand if you're curious), but any diced or stewed tomato will be fine. Hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂
I'm testing out my new Pampered Chef Quick Cooker and this recipe was amazing in it! I'll be sharing your recipe link on my FB page so everyone I know can enjoy this very tasty meal! Thanks so much.
Yay!! So happy you liked it, Elisabeth!
Looks yummy and I can't wait to make it! Queation- how long would you cook it for if you used canned shredded chicken instead?
Thanks, Michelle!! I'd probably just do it on the stove, in that case. The pressure cooker is great for quickly cooking entire pieces of chicken, but it tends to turn already cooked things into mush and/or it'll make chicken dry and rubbery.
Can you leave in in the instant pot on warm for a few hours after it’s done cooking or should I move it out of the pot?
You can definitely do that if you wish. I usually just take it out and portion it up right away, but there's only 2 of us in the house. 🙂
How full was your Instant Pot? Specifically, I have a 6 qt pot, and I'm trying to figure out if I could double the recipe safely or if I'd have to do it in 2 batches. Thanks 🙂
I can't exactly remember, but I am pretty sure it would go over the "safe" line if you doubled it, so I would try with 2 batches (at least at first). Hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂
Bretton P Berman says
This was really good. Glad I used this recipe.
Awesome! So happy to hear that. Thanks for letting me know!
Oh My Gosh, this was SO GOOD! I had to use boneless skinless thighs because that's what I had, but other than that I was right with you. DELICIOUS!
Thanks so much for letting me know, Russa!! So happy you liked the recipe. And chicken thighs are definitely a great option as well. They tend to be even more tender after cooking. 🙂
Hi! The ingredients sound great and Ive loved the things Ive made from your site so far BUT I dont have an insta-pot - is there anyway you would be able to translate the cook time into either slow cooker OR normal stove top duration?
Thanks and no worries if you cant!
Hi Rachel! I haven't tested it, but it's definitely possible to make it on the stove or slow cooker. As far as the Crockpot goes, I'd give it 6-8 hours on low (perhaps use chicken thighs instead if you're worried about them drying out), and then take the chicken out to shred it, add it back in, etc. You could either add the onions in raw, or sauté them on the stove beforehand as an extra step. On the stove, you'd follow similar steps as I've outlined in the recipe, but I am not exactly sure how long the chicken would take to cook to make it easy to shred... you'd have to do a bit of experimenting. I want to say at least 25-30 minutes, but again, I haven't tested it. Does this help?
Any suggestions on how to make this with frozen chicken? How much time should I add?
Hi! That's a good question. I'm concerned that increasing the cooking time to compensate for the frozen chicken might make the other ingredients turn to mush. I'm thinking another 4-5 minutes should do it based on other recipes I've looked at that use frozen chicken, but definitely use caution and if in doubt, use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is at least 165F in the middle before you go to shred it. Another idea is to thaw the chicken in the microwave prior to cooking it in the Instant Pot if you wish.
I made this soup last night. It's so good and so easy to make. Thank you for sharing!
So glad to hear, Jude! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂
I'm making it tonite so excited! Even have all the extras for topping
I hope you like it, Terry! 🙂
I love my instant pot! This looks so amazing!
Gina @Running to the Kitchen says
This looks so flavorful! YUM!
Katherine | Love In My Oven says
I really need to get an instant pot!! This looks amazing! PS - I had no idea you lived in Edmonton - so close! I went to U of A for my degree 🙂 Happy to connect with another Albertan!! XO
Thanks so much! Haha it's a small world!! 🙂
Matt Robinson says
It's raining all weekend here so this is exactly what I want!
Thanks!! It's perfect for a rainy day.
leigh Ann says
I can almost taste it! Looks so perfect!
Thanks so much!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
Totally LOVE tortilla soup! Bet this is packed with flavor! Save me a bowl!
Thanks and of course! 😉