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Quick and Easy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

This dump and start Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is perfect for Instant Pot beginners or for seasoned users! Not only easy to make but this soup is full of flavor and is a family favorite recipe.

Garnishing this flavorful soup is tortilla strips, creamy avocado, and Monterey Jack cheese.

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup with avocado slices.
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Easy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Instant Pot recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup is incredibly easy to make. It is as simple as adding all of the ingredients except the garnishments to the inner liner of the pot and pressure cooking it. It really is that simple!

In less than 30 minutes you have an incredibly flavorful and tender chicken and well-seasoned soup.

Ingredients in Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Chicken Breasts - fresh or frozen
  • Vegetables - onion, jalapenos, onion, and garlic
  • Black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Small red beans - drained and rinsed
  • Diced tomatoes with chilies
  • Taco Seasoning - packet or 2 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning mix
  • Super sweet corn - frozen is best
  • Chicken broth - low sodium
Two bowls of instant pot chicken tortilla soup.

Garnishments for Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Freshly sliced avocado - dipping the slices in lime juice helps preserve their freshness
  • Tri-color tortilla strips
  • Homemade tortilla strips
  • Lime Wedges
  • Monterey Jack Cheese

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Close up instant pot chicken tortilla soup.

How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup

  1. Since this is a dump-and-start meal, it is incredibly easy to make! The only knife work required in this recipe is to dice the jalapenos and the onion. To save even more time when making this recipe, skip the knife and use a Food Processing Food Chopper. It's quicker and more convenient!
  2. I keep mine handy especially when dicing vegetables into fine pieces or making salsa.
  3. The next step is to add the chicken to the inner liner of the pot. You can use frozen or you can use fresh chicken.
  4. TIP: If using frozen chicken, increase the pressure cooking time to 20 minutes instead of 15 minutes to ensure fully cooked chicken.
  5. Next, add the taco seasoning packet (or homemade!) on top of the chicken. Top the seasoning with the diced jalapenos and garlic, and onion.
  6. You will want to drain and rinse the small red beans and the black beans. Once they are rinsed, layer them on top of the other ingredients in the pot.
  7. Add the diced tomatoes and chilies as well as the super sweet corn.
  8. The chicken broth is then added to the pot and the lid and vent is closed.
  9. Once the chicken is done pressure cooking, allow the pot to naturally release for 10 minutes before releasing any additional pressure.
  10. Carefully open the lid away from the face and use two forks to shred the meat. You can also remove the chicken from the pot and use a hand mixer to shred the chicken. Once shredded, add the chicken back to the pot and stir.

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A spoonful of chicken tortilla soup.

Homemade Tortilla Strips

If you don't have any tortilla strips on hand you can easily make your own at home with two ingredients.

You will need flour tortillas and oil to fry them in.

To make homemade tortilla strips, heat a skillet over medium-low heat and add a small amount of oil to the skillet.

Once the oil is heated up, add the tortilla to the skillet, allow the tortilla to fry for about 1 minute, flip, and heat for another minute.

Remove from the skillet and continue making the desired amount of tortillas. Four tortillas usually make enough to serve with the Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Use a pizza cutter or knife to slice the fried tortillas into strips.

TIP: Once the skillet is hot and oil is added, flick a small amount of water onto the skillet. If the skillet sizzles and the water dances around in the skillet, it is time to add the tortillas.

Chicken tortilla soup with garnishments on side.


📖 Recipe

Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup with avocado slices.

This easy dump and start Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is delicious and ready in less than 30 minutes. Garnished with tortilla strips, Monterey Jack cheese, and avocado.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapenos, diced
  • 15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 ounces small red beans, drained and rinsed
  • (2) 10 ounce cans diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (2 tablespoons homemade)
  • 1 package super sweet corn
  • 32 ounces chicken broth

For garnish

  • avocado, sliced
  • lime, sliced
  • Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded
  • Tortilla Strips


  1. Add the chicken to the Instant Pot.
  2. Add the taco seasoning (Packet or 2 tablespoon homemade mix)
  3. Top with diced onion, garlic, and jalapenos.
  4. Rinse and drain the small red beans and the black beans.
  5. Add to the pot.
  6. Top with the diced tomatoes with chilies.
  7. Add the super sweet corn.
  8. Pour in the chicken broth and close the lid and the vent.
  9. Set the Instant Pot to 15 minutes on MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK.
  10. Allow a 10-minute natural release.
  11. Open the lid carefully and shred the chicken.
  12. Serve with tortilla strips, shredded cheese, avocado, and lime wedges.


*In place of tri-color tortilla strips, slice flour tortillas and add a small amount of oil to a pan. Add the tortillas and fry on each side, about 1 minute each.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 1283mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 11gSugar: 6gProtein: 36g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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Saturday 20th of January 2024

The recipe is listed with 115 ounces of red beans is that a typo i take it means 1 can


Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Yes, one 15 ounce can is correct! I have fixed it, thank you for bringing it to my attention.


Tuesday 28th of September 2021

That soup looks fab! Full of flavor and so healthy. I can't wait to serve this to my family. They will love this for dinner, I'm sure.

Gail Montero

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

Such a breeze to make! Love any comfort food I can make in my IP like this!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

This is just the perfect soup for the cooler weather and I love avocados in it for creaminess. So easy to make in the instant pot.


Monday 27th of September 2021

What a fabulous tortilla soup. I made this for the family and they loved it. Can't wait to make it again.

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