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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.

Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup in a bowl and toppings of sour cream, avocado, and lime wedge

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!

easy chicken tortilla soup inside an Instant Pot with a ladle

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


close-up of easy Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup in a bowl with a spoon

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.

easy Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup with suggested toppings in a bowl

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:

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!
4.67 from 24 votes

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Inactive time: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 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.


Calories: 337kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 1084mg, Potassium: 827mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 843IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Cortny Martin says:

    Can this be made using a slow cooker instead? If so, how long do you recommend cooking for?

    1. Natasha says:

      Sure! Probably 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 on low should do it. 🙂

  2. Reese says:

    5 stars
    I have made this many times for family and friends over the last 3-4 years. I always get compliments. 👍 I double the beans and add a bit of Chipotle sauce. My Mexican son-in-law loves it. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww I love that, Reese!! 😀 Thanks for taking the time to write me a review!

  3. Serena says:

    5 stars
    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!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Serena!! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!

  4. 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??

    Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      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).

    2. Vicki says:

      Hi! I’mwanting to use frozen chicken breasts, how much extra time should I pressure cook it? TIA!

  5. Julie says:

    Looks delicious! Have you ever doubled recipe? Any idea how much time would need to be added?

    1. Natasha says:

      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.

  6. Jen says:

    5 stars
    So easy and full of flavor! Delicious. Just like all your other recipes I’ve tried. Thanks!

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s great!! So glad you liked it, Jen! Appreciate you taking the time to leave me a review.