Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is an easy and healthy family recipe that’s quick and easy to whip up. Serve with all their favorite garnishes for a meal your kids will love. It’s also perfect for football season – a great recipe for sharing!
I have never met a soup I didn’t love. This might just be the reason why I have every kind of soup here on the blog… From Instant Pot Lentil Soup to Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup, Slow Cooker Tuscan White Beans Soup with Sausage and Hearty Pasta Fagioli Soup…
Better yet? Both my kids and my husband are huge fans, too.
Which means wall of us can barely wait for the cooler months to roll around, so we can fully indulge in one of our all-time favorite meals.
And this year, I have a brand new recipe up my sleeve to surprise all of us with:
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup!
I know, not THE most revolutionary soup out there… But:
- it’s easy, a dump and go kind of instant pot recipe
- it’s healthy – full of vegetables!
- and it’s CRAZY delicious
My kids love choosing all their own toppings (and surprisingly, neither of them is too crazy about lots of chips 🙈), which makes this meal even more fun for them.
Every time I get out my Instant Pot now, my 4 year old asks if we’re having soup… So yes, this recipe is a keeper 😉
My best tips to make this instant pot soup easy and foolproof:
Cut all vegetables roughly the same size
Try to dice the mild green chiles, red pepper and onion all about the same size.
Otherwise you’ll end up with bits that are more cooked than others, which gives the soup a weird texture.
Use any chicken parts you like
I used bone-in chicken thighs, because that’s what I generally prefer for instant pot and slow cooker recipes.
But you can use anything: thighs, wings, breast, a whole chicken cut into parts… Keep in mind that cooking time might vary depending on the size of your chicken pieces.
Make sure to add the corn and beans at the end
I prefer to add the corn and cooked black beans at the end and just heat them through on the sauté setting.
They don’t really need to cook, and even though they’re both quite sturdy they do get a little too soft for my taste when cooked with the soup.
Can this recipe be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze it without the toppings.
- make sure to wait until the soup has cooled to room temperature before packing and freezing it (otherwise the heat could affect the other food in your freezer)
- use a container suitable for freezing
- label with the name and use-by date (this soup can be frozen for up to 3 months)
- make sure the food is piping hot all the way through after defrosting and reheating
What can you serve with chicken tortilla soup?
We often eat it with just our favorite toppings: avocado, sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips
But if you need a heartier meal, try these suggestions:
Watch me make this easy soup:
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Grab the printable recipe:
- 1 pound chicken pieces (I used bone-in thighs)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 3 mild green chiles, diced
- 15-oz can fire roasted tomatoes
- 4 Cups Chicken Broth
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups frozen corn
- To serve: tortilla chips, lime, cilantro, sour cream, cheese, avocado...
Cook: Place all ingredients EXCEPT black beans, corn and toppings in the inner pot of your instant pot. Close the lid and set the pressure valve to "sealing". Cook 10-15 minutes on high (10 minutes for chicken breast, 15 minutes for larger pieces). Do a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then carefully release any remaining pressure manually.
Finish soup: Open the pressure cooker. Add black beans and corn and heat on sauté until piping hot.
Serve: Serve with your favorite toppings.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292 Total Fat: 7.6g Saturated Fat: 1.9g Cholesterol: 67mg Sodium: 1279mg Carbohydrates: 25.9g Fiber: 5.7g Sugar: 6.9g Protein: 30.3g