Do you need a quick and easy dinner idea the whole family will love? Try Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe for a delicious dinner that is budget friendly and ready in only 30 minutes in the instant pot!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup Instant Pot Recipe

This meal literally is one of the easiest recipes ever! Toss all the ingredients in the pressure cooker and you have a fabulous meal just 30 minutes later! Making this recipe is faster and so much better for you then going through the drive-thru.

It is the perfect meal for busy weeknights when you are running from work and school to sports and more! We also like serving this chicken tortilla soup for our game day get-together. It is so easy to throw together and everyone loves how it taste.

Try on the stovetop or crockpot:

I love my instant pot, but occasionally I will make this recipe on my stove top. It brings me back to memories of my mom cooking soups on the stovetop. She would always have a big pot of soup going on the weekends. It smelled so good having it cooking all day.

Using the same ingredients, the chicken tortilla soup can come together and you will have a perfect soup to warm you up on a cold fall day. This recipe just warms my soul since it is loaded with protein and veggies. If you wanted to make it low carb, just omit the tortilla’s.

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Crowd pleaser and budget friendly!

This meal comes together in less time than getting take out and it is definitely cheaper!  This recipe only calls for 2 chicken breasts. You can really stretch your meat budget with recipe likes this one. Stretch that meat into a delicious soup that can easily feed a crowd or your hungry family.

The chicken gets shredded with all the beans and tomatoes for a hearty and filling meal. In fact, you can even add extra beans or tomatoes to stretch this meal even more. It is so easy to make, and very frugal friendly. This soup really stretches your chicken because you don’t need much and it is packed with protein from the beans.

You could also chicken thighs in this soup instead of the chicken breasts. I often just use what is on sale. Use items you have in your pantry to make this dish in no time at all. If you are looking for Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Pioneer Woman recipe, you will love this delicious soup!

Instant Pot Tortilla Soup Vegetarian:

This soup is perfect if you would like a vegetarian option. You would just simply omit the chicken and add an extra couple cans of beans and tomatoes. It is just as tasty!

You can also add in some other vegetables. If I have some extra vegetables that are about to go bad, I throw them. None of my kids notice and I am glad that I can sneak in some additional vegetables.

This would be perfect for those that do not eat chicken or for Meatless Monday! We try to have a meatless at least once a week. It helps on my budget and works well with my meal planning.

Make a batch for a friend:

This is my go-to soup when I know a friend is having surgery, not feeling well or just having a bad day! It warms my heart to know that I can prepare this easy soup at a moments notice and it will brighten their day.

I like to have easy containers that I can place this soup in. I provide avocado’s and tortilla chips and their meal is complete.

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A good Instant Pot is a must:

We like using an 8 quart Instant pot but you can use a 6 quart. I personally have an Instant Pot and so far I am loving it.  It’s really changed dinner time around here. Those days when I forget to take something out of the freezer is not a problem with my instant pot.

No worries if you do not have a pressure cooker yet, try making Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe. It is just as good in the slow cooker too!

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Instant pot chicken tortilla soup ingredients:

  • Chicken Breast – You can use chicken thighs if you prefer. They can even be frozen.
  • Black Beans –Black beans is so easy to make them in the crock pot.
  • Tomatoes with Green Chiles – Rotel is perfect for this recipe
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Onion – Did you know you can freeze onions?
  • Corn – We like using frozen corn.
  • Chicken Broth
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Garlic Salt
  • Tortilla Strips
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado – We love fresh avocado on top!
Close up image of ingredients for chicken tortilla soup - chicken breast, black beans, spices, onion, cheese, diced tomatoes, corn, avocado and cilantro.

How to make chicken tortilla soup in the instant pot:

  • Toss everything in your Instant Pot (not including chips, cheese, and cilantro). Add the lid and set the valve to sealing.
Close up image of a chicken tortilla soup in the instant pot in process.
  • Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. Cooking time could vary.
  • Do a quick release to remove the pressure
  • Remove chicken and shredded.  Place back into the Instant pot and Stir.
  • To Serve, spoon into a bowl, top with crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheese and fresh cilantro if you have it.
  • Make sure you let your kids do the chip crushing, because that is the best part with this dinner. Top with avocado and your meal is complete.
  • Feel free to add a little extra chili powder for heat and olive oil for extra flavor.
Close up image of chicken tortilla soup in process in the instant pot.

Tortilla Soup topping ideas:

We like to top ours with crushed up tortilla chips or tortilla strips.

Other ideas include:

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • green onion
  • hot sauce
  • fresh lime juice

And whatever you like! Just be careful with toppings if trying to be gluten free.

Can you freeze Tortilla Soup?

This recipe also freezes great. Sometimes I make a double batch of Chicken Tortilla Soup Pressure Cooker to have the extra to freeze. The consistency is the same as the day you made it. Just reheat and you have delicious soup for those busy nights.

I actually think it taste better the second time around. All those ingredients marinate together and makes this soup perfect on those cold nights.

We also like freezing this soup in individual containers. This makes a perfect lunch for my husband. I know that he is getting a healthy, warm lunch during the day.

How to shred the chicken:

Did you know that you can shred chicken with a mixer? I was so surprised how easy it is and saved me so much time. You will remove chicken from instant pot and place in large bowl. Then began shredding with a hand mixer.

You chicken is shredded in no time and it is ready to place back in your soup.

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How to make Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup with rotisserie chicken? 

Just use a rotisserie chicken instead of fresh chicken. If using rotisserie chicken, set pressure for 10 minutes. Using a rotisserie chicken instead makes this recipe even easier.

Another quick meal we love is this Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe. Delicious chicken and cheesy rice combine for the the best meal with tons of flavor.

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Give this delicious soup a try!

If you prefer the slow cooker, try this Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe. It is just as easy to make!

Print this instant pot chicken tortilla soup recipe below:

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

4.83 from 28 votes
Try Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe for a budget friendly meal ready in just 30 minutes. Chicken Tortilla Soup Instant Pot Recipe will be a hit!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Soup
Calories 282
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 3 boneless chicken breasts (can be frozen)
  • 1 can black beans 15 oz can – rinsed and drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies 10 oz can
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes 14.5 oz can
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 cup corn
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Salt
  • Tortilla Strips (Optional for topping)
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Optional for topping)
  • Fresh Cilantro (Optional for topping)
  • 1 Avocado (Optional for topping)


How to make Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe:

  • Toss everything in your Instant Pot (not including chips, cheese, and cilantro). Add the lid and set the valve to sealing.
  • Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.
  • Do a quick release to remove the pressure
  • Remove the chicken and shred.  Place back into the Instant pot and Stir.
  • To Serve, spoon into a bowl, top with your desired toppings. We love crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro. 

Recipe Notes

If you are garnishing with tortilla chips, make sure you let your kids do the chip crushing, because that is the best part with this dinner. My kids love it!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 282kcal, Carbohydrates 31g, Protein 16g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 31mg, Sodium 375mg, Potassium 491mg, Fiber 6g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 375IU, Vitamin C 8.5mg, Calcium 124mg, Iron 2.7mg

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  1. 5 stars
    All I can say is wow. The tortilla soup was a amazing. The best I have ever ate.

  2. Capital T indicates Table spoon. Lowercase t indicates teaspoon. “t-s-p” is teaspoon. “Tsp” is confusing. Are you using a Tablespoon or teaspoon here?

  3. I’m going to attempt this tonight. Is 30 mins in the instant pot right?Seems too long because chicken is normally cooked in 12 mins. Just double checking so I don’t ruin the dinner with the time amount. Thanks.

  4. 5 stars
    We LOVE this. It’s so simple to make and has such good flavor. We’ve made it a lot and it’s always a hit. Thank you!

  5. Same question that wasn’t answered above… it says ready 30 minutes later, but it takes about 15-20 min to pressurize and then “cook on high pressure for 30 minutes”, which would be longer than 30 minutes. Plus, that seems like a long time to set for chicken, so is it 30 minutes total with less pressure time, or is it about 50 min total? Thanks! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. It’s 30 minutes once the instant pot has come to pressure. The time needed for the instant pot to come to pressure varies per instant pot and based on quantity of food in the instant pot so the total time will vary based on the appliance. I usually cook chicken breast for 25-35 minutes on high pressure based on the size and whether or not it’s frozen when it’s put in the instant pot. Thank you.

  7. 30 minutes on high pressure and only 2 cups of liquid? Is this right? Has anyone actually made this? In the hundreds of meals and soups I’ve made in pressure cookers, I’ve never seen frozen chicken cooked past 17 minutes.

  8. We want the chicken to be shred-able and tender in this soup so we do recommend a longer cook time for this recipe. Thank you!

  9. Yes, you can double the recipe and I use frozen or canned corn (it does not need to be cooked) – thank you!

  10. Excellent soup!

    30 minutes is definitely too long. 20 minutes was the perfect temperature. I also added six cups of water, an additional can of tomatoes with chilies, four chicken bullion cubes, and one fresh diced jalepeno. I added sliced corn tortillas and fresh cilantro after I released the pressure with some lime juice. It made enough to feed my family of four with a little extra. I recommend a dallop of sour cream and shredded cheese for toppings. My husband and son added tortilla chips as well. Delicious!

  11. Would it still be 30 minutes – no chicken? Can you use Canned Pinto instead of Black beans?

  12. If you don’t have the chicken, I think that 10 minutes with a quick release would work great. Also, yes, I think pinto beans instead of black beans would be delicious in this recipe. Thank you!

  13. I used a 15 oz can of beans, 10 oz can of tomatoes with green chiles and 14.5 oz can of crushed tomatoes. I updated the recipe with this information as well. Thank you!

  14. 5 stars
    This was so delicious and so simple to make! The flavors melded beautifully. My hubby and I plan to try it with different beans, although we adore black beans.

  15. 5 stars
    Delicious, nutritious and easy what more could you want….oh yes, it freezes well too.

  16. 5 stars
    Unfortunately, I do not have an instant pot but this recipe came out just as delicious on the stovetop and in the crockpot. Leftovers are easy to freeze for another time!

  17. 5 stars
    I love chicken tortilla soup and the convenience of the instant pot, because I try my best but just don’t always plan ahead. It’s great to have something to make that I can actually have the ingredients on hand.

  18. 5 stars
    My husband and I love this soup. I have made it several times and I’m going to make it again this week. We definitely give this five stars. I’m I search for leftover ham recipes.

  19. December 26, 2020
    I am always looking for good soup recipes & I love Mexican soups. This is a great easy recipe I made in my Instant Pot. Tastes authentic, love the variety of toppings & the presentation of the finished soup. We always do Taco Tuesdays at my house & this Mexican Tortilla Soup fits the criteria & makes the grade. Especially appreciated on cold winter days.

  20. This was fantastic btw! Can you tell me what the serving size is? I see the nutrition was listed but not the serving size it correlates with.

  21. The entire recipe serves 6, so each serving is 1/6 of the entire amount. It’s hard to put an exact quantity on it as each batch will be a different size. Thanks!

  22. Yes, this is for 30 minutes. If your chicken is fresh (not frozen), reduce the cook time to 25 minutes. Thanks!

  23. 5 stars
    This is so YUMMY!! we love Mexican food and this is so easy to make and especially great on a cold snowy day in Wisconsin!!

  24. Question: 2 Tablespoons chili powder
    And 2 Teaspoons cumin
    And 1 Teaspoon garlic salt.. correct?

  25. For this recipe, I use 2 teaspoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons cumin and 1 teaspoon garlic salt.

  26. 4 stars
    I would like to make this using frozen boneless skinless chicken thighs, frozen black beans that I made in the instant pot and freeze in can sized portions, and frozen corn. How long do you suggest I cook it? Longer than 30 minutes I presume since I am using thighs rather than breast meat.

  27. I would cook it for 35 minutes with a quick release and that should work great. I hope you enjoy it!

  28. 5 stars
    This recipe is so easy and good. Made it for my husband and his coworkers who got called to work during a storm and they all loved it. If you need a quick and easy throw together dinner, highly recommend this!

  29. 5 stars
    We love this recipe! So so good, fresh ingredients fast and super easy! I strip out tortillas and basically “fry” them in olive oil to add on top.