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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

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This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is an incredibly tasty and creamy recipe that is perfect for a hot summer or a cold winter day!

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If you’re rushed at dinnertime, you know that pressure of needing a quick and easy dinner idea.

Well, this creamy chicken tortilla soup in Instant Pot recipe comes together in no time at all, with very little effort on your part! Just add everything to the pressure cooker and press start.

Perfect Soup for Any Time of the Year

Using an Instant Pot to make soup is ideal because it creates less heat than the stove, meaning your kitchen will stay cooler. That’s a real plus during the summer.

And, Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup is also great in the winter. It’s a warm, creamy, comforting dish that will make you feel good on a cold day.

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Love Instant Pot Recipes? Check out our Instant Pot chicken thighs and potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, mashed red potatoes, Instant Pot chicken tenders, and Instant Pot Tortellini Soup.

versatility of Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe in Instant Pot

I usually make this for dinner early in the week so that we have leftovers for lunch during the week.

What makes this chicken tortilla soup extra special is its versatility. You can easily make it your own by adding different ingredients or tweaking the seasonings to suit your taste by checking our recipe variations below.

So if you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner idea that never fails to satisfy, be sure to give this Instant Pot creamy chicken tortilla soup a try! You won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients for Making Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Fire roasted diced canned tomatoes
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Chicken breast chicken tenderloinsor chicken thighs
  • Chicken stock or broth
  • Cumin
  • Cream cheese
  • Tortilla chips – broken (optional for keto and low carb)
ingredients for making creamy chicken tortilla soup which consists of chicken stock, chicken breast tenders, jalapeno peppers, onion, garlic, fire roasted diced tomatoes, cream cheese, cumin, and olive oil.

Equipment Used for this Creamy Tortilla soup Recipe

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Make the Easiest Chicken Tortilla Soup Instant Pot Recipe

Sauté. Set the pressure cooker to the sauté function until it is heated. Add onion and garlic and sauté them for 3 minutes.

Pressure cook. Add the broth to deglaze the pot, then add the chicken and all the other ingredients to the Instant Pot, except for the cream cheese.

ingredients for making creamy chicken tortilla soup which consists of chicken stock, chicken breast tenders, jalapeno peppers, onion, garlic, fire roasted diced tomatoes, cream cheese, cumin, and olive oil.

Press the cancel button to turn off the sauté mode. Then select high-pressure for 15 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients. When the pressure cycle is done, let the Instant Pot release pressure naturally (leaving the pot undisturbed) for 10 minutes.

Then do a quick release by carefully turning the pressure lever or depressing the pressure button on your pot.

a wooden spoon scooped a chunk of chicken inside the instant pot.

Keep the pot warm. Stir in cream cheese and let it melt for 10 minutes until the soup is creamy and thickened.

cream cheese added to the Instant Pot and being stirred by a wooden spoon.

Ready to Serve. You can garnish with broken tortilla chips, avocado, cilantro, Cotija cheese, salsa, or hot sauce.

Cooking Chicken Tortilla Soup in a Crock Pot Slow Cooker

Prepare. Layer the ingredients (except tortilla chips and cream cheese) to make this in the slow cooker. Start with the chicken and add the water and broth.

Cook. Set the Crock-Pot and cook on low for 7-8 house.

Serve. Stir in some cream cheese 10 minutes before serving. Then top with tortilla chips before serving.

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Recipe Variations

  • If you like things spicy, chop the jalapeno peppers and leave the membranes and seeds in there for a bit of a kick.
  • To make this pressure cooker tortilla soup vegan, omit the chicken and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • For more protein, add cooked quinoa or tofu.
  • If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can omit it or substitute it with parsley.
  • The soup is also delicious and served with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

How to Serve Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Chicken Tortilla soup is delicious topped with a dollop of sour cream, shredded or Cotija cheese, and chopped cilantro.

Serve it with corn or flour tortillas and a side of pinto beans.

a white bowl with Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup and two pieces of tortilla chips on top.

How to Store

Leftover pressure cooker tortilla soup can be stored in the fridge for up to four days. To reheat, place it in a pot on the stove over low heat until warmed.

When reheating, bring the soup to a boil first before serving. You can also add a little broth or water to thin it out if it’s too thick.

Can I freeze this Creamy Tortilla Soup Recipe?

This creamy chicken tortilla soup recipe can also be frozen for up to three months. Let it cool first before freezing it in an airtight container.

To thaw, place the frozen soup in the fridge overnight. Then, reheat it on the stove over low heat until warmed through.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I thicken my Chicken Tortilla Soup?

My preferred method is to sauté the soup on saute less (or low) for 10-15 minutes until it thickens.

Will tortillas dissolve in soup?

Yes, corn tortillas will typically dissolve in soup. To retain their shape, add them to the soup at the end and let them sit for a few minutes until they soften. Or, add corn tortillas to the soup is by cutting them into smaller pieces.

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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is an incredibly tasty and creamy recipe that is perfect for a hot summer or a cold winter day!
Course Soup, Main Course, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Make Ahead, Weeknight Dinner, Easy Dinner, gluten-free, Instant Pot, Chicken, Soup, Main Course, Dinner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 235kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 14 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 jalapeno peppers membranes and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 pounds chicken breast chicken tenderloins, or chicken thighs (a mixture gives the best flavor)
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth (using hot stock or broth speeds cooking)
  • 1 cup water (using hot water speeds cooking)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese

optional

  • 1 cup tortilla chips, broken (optional for keto and low carb)

Instructions

Instant Pot Cooking

  • Set pressure cooker to the sauté function and oil to the pot. When the pot is ready (it might say Hot), add chopped onions and minced garlic and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add all other ingredients to the Instant Pot, except cream cheese. Press the cancel button to turn off the sauté mode. Set pot to high-pressure for 15 minutes.
  • When the pressure cycle is done, leave the Instant Pot alone for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes. Then do a quick release by carefully turning the pressure lever or depress the pressure button on your pot.
  • Keep the pot on the warm setting. Stir in cream cheese and let warm in the pot for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with broken tortilla chips, along with your favorite toppings like sliced avocado, cilantro, Cotija cheese, salsa, or hot sauce.

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Layer the ingredients (except tortilla chips and cream cheese) to make this in the slow cooker. Start with the chicken and end with the water and broth. Set the Crock-Pot and cook on low for 7-8 house. Stir in cream cheese 10 minutes before serving. Then garnish with tortilla chips before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 431mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1752IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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