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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

by Dana Bean, RD

A flavorful favorite, this Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is delicious, easy to make, and can be topped with the anything you desire!

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

A flavorful favorite with shredded chicken, tomato-y base, black beans, corn, and your favorite toppings!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Instant Pot Preheat Time15 minutes
Course: dinner, lunch
Keyword: instant pot, soup

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1-2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2-3 # chicken breast
  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1 can black beans rinsed
  • 1 cups frozen corn
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • Topping Options: tortilla chips sour cream, shredded cheese, lime juice, avocado, cilantro

Instructions

  • Set instant pot to high sauté and add oil. After heated, add onion and stir until onion in translucent (~3-4 minutes)
  • Add garlic, tomato paste, and seasonings and stir. Add tomatoes including juice, and stir.
  • Add chicken breasts, chicken stock, salt, pepper
  • Select pressure cook on high setting and set timer for 12 minutes
  • After cooking, use quick release option. Take chicken out, shred, and add back to pot. Add corn, beans, salt, pepper, and lime juice
  • Add selected toppings and enjoy!

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Instant pot chicken tortilla soup

Quick, easy, and flavorful! This is one of my favorites for a soup szn cold day. It doesn’t hurt that it only takes a little over 30 minutes in total to make. What are your favorite toppings? I load it up with avocado, sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and tortilla chips. You could also add jalapeño, tortilla strips, or more lime juice!

The more people I talk to about instant pots, the more I realize the opinion really is split.

Common Dislikes: preheat time, inconsistent cooking, can’t find good recipes

Common Praises: creates a “one pot” meal, dump and go, cooking speed

These are valid concerns and praises! I love less dishes and the quick nature of the instant pot (except for that preheat time). Some things I’ve found that help with Instant Pot Recipes:

While it’s awesome that the instant pot can cook frozen meat relatively fast, this can also create some inconsistency with thoroughness of cooking. For the best outcome, choose meat that hasn’t been frozen!

Having more liquid in the recipe helps is the ideal environment for pressure cooking to work properly. That way we have more steam to work with. This can help avoid the overcooked outside that happens when we make something with some sauce, but no extra liquid. This is why making this Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is the perfect use for it!

If you’re still wary about trying out the instant pot, try using a recipe from a source you’ve used in the past. If you keep coming back for recipes, chances are thorough recipe testing has been done and is more likely to turn out well!

Here is the instant pot that I have and used for this recipe!

Tomato + Broth Base: We’re starting off with the yummy broth-y base

Seasonings: Chili powder and cumin are absolutley essential here, along with the oregano and garlic that add even more flavor

Chicken: We’re making shredded chicken here and it’s perfect in this soup!

Diced Green Chiles: Often overlooked, but they add delicious spice

Black Beans + Corn: Not always typically added to chicken tortilla soup so I know it’s not authentic here. I do love that they add more substance and starch to the dish!

Lime Juice: More delicious flavor from the limes

Toppings: I’ve already talked about the toppings several times, but they really are what tie the soup together!

instant pot chicken tortilla soup close up with toppings
  • You may need more than this soup or a larger portion than you think for a meal and that’s ok! Eat what your body needs.
  • If you opt to add to this meal, cheese quesadillas would be a great addition
  • Remember, we need fat in our meals for satisfaction and staying power! Again this is why the toppings are important

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