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Easy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Craving for something spicy and delicious? Give this easy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla soup recipe a try! It’s super filling and gets ready in minutes too! 

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If those enchiladas and tacos get you all drooling and you’re in the mood for some Mexican takeout, but still don’t want to mess up with your efforts to practise healthy eating, here’s a bit of help! 

Can I Use Other Beans Instead for Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup?

So this recipe calls for black beans, but if you’ve run out of those, or are just looking to experiment a bit with different variants, there are a couple of other great options- red beans and pinto beans.

Both of these are super healthy and incredibly versatile. They taste excellent and are packed with nutrients too. 

How Do I Make it a Complete Meal?

So right now, the soup is moderately filling, but there are ways you can turn that around and make it a complete meal too.

Throw some cooked rice into it after you’re done making the soup, and you have a hearty bowlful of a filling meal ready. 

Topping Ideas for the Soup

And what’s an Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla soup without some delicious toppings? I like to serve these best with tortilla chips, a generous helping of grated cheese and sour cream.

I feel sour cream really brings out the tangy and spicy flavors of the soup, and strikes the right balance. 

Can I Make and Freeze This Soup?

If you’ve tried making this soup and loved it, and want to make it again but don’t want to spend a lot of time prepping the ingredients again, making it in a huge batch and freezing it might seem like a good option. 

While it is best to have this soup fresh, you can always consider freezing it in batches in your freezer too. That way, you just need to thaw and reheat the soup when you’re looking for a quick meal fix. 

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How Do You Thicken a Tortilla Soup?

One of the simplest ways to thicken up a soup is to make a simple paste using flour and water, and add it to the soup while it is just about to boil, and then keep stirring continuously.

With this recipe, we’ve not used any thickening agent, but if you don’t like your soup to have that runny, watery consistency, this simple step could really help. 

Serving Ideas & Suggestions

Mexican soups are super versatile- you can team them up with almost anything. They taste great with a side of corn salad or a coleslaw or even with some cheesy quesadillas.

Plus, they’re an absolute crowd pleaser too. They are an absolute hit in parties and perfect for a cozy dinner with friends.

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Yield: 6-8 servings

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Craving for something spicy and delicious? Give this easy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe a try! It’s super filling and gets ready in minutes too!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


  1. Using the saute function, add olive oil and saute the minced garlic and diced onion for 4 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken to the instant pot along with all of the other ingredients.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Secure the lid and cook on high pressure (manually select) for 8 minutes.
  5. Let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes.
  6. Quick release for the remaining pressure.
  7. Add fresh lime right before serving.
  8. Remove the bay leaf.
  9. Garnish and enjoy!



  • Can my dog eat Chicken Tortilla Soup? Although chicken is good food for your dog and tortillas are not harmful to their health, the rest of the ingredients in this recipe are. Garlic, onion, lemon, tomato, and all spicy ingredients in powder or sauce are elements that could damage your pet's digestive system. So preferably, don't share your tortilla soup with your dog.
  • Can my cat eat Chicken Tortilla Soup? If you want to share this recipe with your pet, make sure it does not contain garlic, onion, tomatoes, lemon, or chili peppers, or hot sauces. Both dogs and cats can be poisoned by consuming garlic, onion, tomato, and lemon. Likewise, hot chili and hot sauces are very strong for the digestive system of your furry friend.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 234Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 57mgSodium 600mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 4gSugar 9gProtein 21g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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