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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

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If you’re a busy person, I’m sure you can relate to the pressure of needing a quick and easy dinner idea. Well, this healthy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of those recipes that comes together in no time at all, with very little effort on your part!

instant pot chicken tortilla soup on a bowl

Not only is this soup rcipe versatile, but you can easily make it into a creamy chicken tortilla soup instant pot recipe.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker yet but are thinking about investing in one – recipes like this are sure to convince you.

Get ready for hearty comfort food done right!

We Love Soup Any Time of Year

Soups are hydrating which is important in the summer. After all, they are primarily broth and water. Broth-based soups are low in calories, and easily digestible. That makes soup perfect on a hot summer’s day.

And, speaking of hot summer days, make soup in the Crock-Pot or Instant Pot instead of using the stove. Crock Pots and Instant Pots create less heat than a stovetop, keeping your kitchen cooker.

That’s a real plus during the summer.

Using the Pressure COoker to Make Soup

Pressure cooking has gained popularity in the last few years. Now making a quick, healthy soup is easier than ever.

What I like most about the Instant Pot is the ability to take the chicken (I love using chicken tenderloins) straight from the freezer, and pressure cook it in just 10 minutes.

New to the Instant Pot? Be sure to read my How to Use the Instant Pot 101 and Tips & Hacks for the Instant Pot first. You’ll be a pressure cooker boss in no time!

Now, the term “instant” is a tad deceptive, because it takes a little while for the Instant Pot to reach full pressure, and then it takes several minutes to allow the pressure to release.

There are two release options:

  1. There’s quick release, which means you toggle the pressure release to bring down the pressure quickly.
  2. The second option is a natural release, which takes longer but lets the pressure escape naturally.
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But, what if you don’t have an Instant Pot? Well, I’ve included the instructions for making it in the slow cooker at the end of the recipe.

For the record, as someone who already owns a lot of kitchen appliances, I was leery about buying another appliance. So, I borrowed one to try for a few weeks, to try it out first. By the end of those two weeks, though, I was sold on the Instant Pot and got one.

This Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe is Versatile

My main goal when creating this recipe was to increase the vegetables without sacrificing the traditional taste of Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Zucchini seemed like a logical choice because it doesn’t have a strong flavor. I chose carrots for their hint of sweetness and color. Then, I decided to add celery for its flavor and texture. And, what a great soup it made!

instant pot chicken tortilla soup on a bowl

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

And for a change, I make this into a creamy chicken tortilla soup instant pot recipe. See the recipe notes for a creamy version of this soup.

Make this delicious chicken tortilla soup soon! It’s sure to become your new favorite.

How to Pressure Cook Frozen Chicken

As I mentioned, one of my best things about the Instant Pot is the ability to take chicken straight from the freezer for cooking. There’s no defrosting necessary when using frozen chicken in the Instant Pot, and it doesn’t come out tough or rubbery.

When pressure cooking chicken breasts (or any chicken), be sure to use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes to keep them moist and tender.

That means after the pressure cooking cycle is complete, leave the pot alone for 10 minutes. Then perform a quick release by turning the pressure lever or depress the button to release the pressure in the pot.

Make the Easiest Chicken Tortilla Soup Instant Pot Recipe

As with most of my soup recipes, this one is really versatile. Just last week, I was out of zucchini. To replace it, I drained another can of diced tomatoes and added them instead of the zucchini.

Saute the onions, garlic, celery, and carrots until the onions are tender. Then, add the canned tomatoes and chiles.

Next, add the broth or stock, water, and spices.

sautéed onions, garlic, celery and carrots on the pot

Lock on the Instant Pot lid, and turn the pressure lever to seal it (if needed), press the cancel button (to turn off the sauté), and select high pressure for 20 minutes.

When the pressure cycle is done, let the pressure drop naturally for 10 minutes. Then turn the pressure lever or depress the pressure button for a quick release.

Carefully remove the Instant Pot lid. Add the corn and let it warm in the soup for about 10 minutes.

after sautéing onions, garlic, celery and carrots on the pot add the corn

Before serving the Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla soup, add tortilla chips and your favorite garnishes like sour cream, cilantro, cheese, olives, jalapeños, etc.

two bowl of chicken tortilla soup and the rest of it on the instant pot

For a creamy chicken tortilla soup instant pot version, stir in 1/2 cup of sour cream or 1/2 cup of cream cheese.


What is chicken tortilla soup made of

Chicken tortilla soup is typically made with a chicken broth or tomato base. Additional ingredients include salsa, black beans, and peppers. Other ingredients might include oregano, cilantro, jalapenos, etc.

Is chicken soup good for a cold?

In fact, chicken soup is good for soothing both cold and flu symptoms. The hot soup helps break up the congestion associated with both colds and the flu. The salt in the soup and its warmth can soothe a sore throat. This chicken tortilla soup has the added benefit of a little spiciness!

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

a bowl of instant pot chicken tortilla soup
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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Make this tasty, soup in the Instant Pot or Crock-Pot! Instructions for both are included in the recipe. Or see the recipe notes to turn this into a creamy chicken tortilla soup instant pot version.
Course Soup, Main Course, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Instant Pot, Chicken, Soup, Main Course, Dinner, Make Ahead, Weeknight Dinner, Easy Dinner, gluten-free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 235kcal


  • 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


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


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.


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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