Chicken Tortilla Soup
By :Chop Secrets
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Votes: 46
Rating: 4.67
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
6 servings
Chicken Tortilla Soup:
  • 1 lb frozen chicken breasts (about 2 breast )
  • 14.5 ounce black beans 1 can rinsed and drained (or 2 cups cooked)
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 6 ounce tomato paste
  • 32 ounce chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup pickled jalapenos diced in their juice (optional)
  • 1/4 cup prepared taco seasoning ( 1 pouch )
For Serving:
  • 2/3 cup shredded mexican blend cheese
  • 4-5 cups tortilla chips
  • finely chopped cilantro for garnish
  • Diced avocado for garnish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
6 servings
Chicken Tortilla Soup:
  • 1 lb frozen chicken breasts (about 2 breast )
  • 14.5 ounce black beans 1 can rinsed and drained (or 2 cups cooked)
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 6 ounce tomato paste
  • 32 ounce chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup pickled jalapenos diced in their juice (optional)
  • 1/4 cup prepared taco seasoning ( 1 pouch )
For Serving:
  • 2/3 cup shredded mexican blend cheese
  • 4-5 cups tortilla chips
  • finely chopped cilantro for garnish
  • Diced avocado for garnish
chicken soup
Votes: 46
Rating: 4.67
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  1. Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  2. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 15 minutes.
  3. When the time is up, quick-release the pressure. Shred any remaining large pieces of chicken and return to the pot.
  4. Meanwhile, in each serving bowl place 2/3 cup tortilla chips sprinkled with 2 tablespoons shredded cheese. Ladle hot soup over chips and cheese just before serving.
  5. Serve with diced fresh avocado and cilantro.
Recipe Notes

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.

56 replies
  1. Msansone
    Msansone says:

    This is the worst recipe I’ve gotten off this app. I’ve tried numerous recipes and have been pleased until now. The instructions are vague. The recipe calls for using frozen chicken breasts but does not say to defrost them. Just says to put everything into the pot and cook. After cooking an extra 15 minutes, The chicken still was not cooked. Had to cook it an extra 25 minutes in total. I will not use this recipe again or suggest it to anybody else.

  2. GuavaJelly
    GuavaJelly says:

    Delicious! Added extra black beans and diced tomatoes. Used Dizzy Pig Fajita Seasoning instead of the taco. My family loved it!

  3. Angela Chatham
    Angela Chatham says:

    Loved this! Here are some changes I made to the recipe when making it. I diced and sauted chicken and onion first. Then, placed everything in to the pot. I also reduced by half the jalapenos and diced tomato.

  4. Michizzle
    Michizzle says:

    I have a mini, so i halved the recipe yo make sure it fit. More like a chili, bur super yummy! Will definitely make it again

  5. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Wendy,

    If a recipe calls for a frozen item but your item is thawed or fresh the cooking time may need to be adjusted. When adjusting cooking time always ensure that the meat has reach safe eating temperature for that food item.

  6. anna_rad
    anna_rad says:

    Recipe turned out great! I had a 48 oz box of Chicken Stock instead of 32 oz, I used 32 oz (4 cups) in the Pot and after cooking brought the rest of the leftover broth to a boil on the stove and added it to the final product to make it more brothy

  7. Bthomas62
    Bthomas62 says:

    I would add time for frozen chicken breasts. I tried 17mins. One of the breasts was still slughtly under done. I think 20 minutes would do it.

  8. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Bthomas62,

    When using frozen meats cooking times may need to be altered. Always check to ensure proper cooking temperature was reached.

  9. Spearsey17
    Spearsey17 says:

    We used fresh chicken that had been chilled from the grocery store. It came out Extremely tender and was easy to shred. Keeping this one saved to make again on a rainy day!

  10. tcmross
    tcmross says:

    Dump everything into the pot? Really? The cheese, cilantro, jalapeno??? So confused…
    I’m a terrible cook & need more instructions.

  11. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    You would dump in all the ingredients listed under Chicken Tortilla Soup, save the for serving ingredients for garnish.

  12. Jozeycat
    Jozeycat says:

    Whole family loved it. Used fresh chcken. I will try cutting off 2 minutes next time. My chicken came out a touch dry and I used 3lb of chicken instead of 2lb.

  13. Jayhawk315
    Jayhawk315 says:

    Pretty food recipe. Easily tweakavle which i like. I upped the chicken to 1.5 lbs, used fresh chicken and 15 mins was just fine, shredded very easily. I also did a little more than one packet of taco seasaoning, but what really made it better was i used a small can of adobo peppers in adobo sauce. Really added to the flavor well. Highly recommend adding it

  14. amlxox
    amlxox says:

    So tasty! Myself and my boyfriend loved it. Was my first instant pot recipe and was a definite success. I used thawed BL/SL chicken thighs instead of breasts and it worked judr fine. I subbed the beans for carrots and celery as i’m not a fan of them. Still came out awesome!

  15. Kkish
    Kkish says:

    So delicious and full of flavor! I used diced tomatoes from a can and taco seasoning that I buy from Costco which has a little heat and much more flavor that the taco seasoning packets. I also used fresh chicken and still cooked for 15 minutes and it was perfect. I will definitely be making this again!

  16. slegett
    slegett says:

    Great, simple recipe! We’ve made this 4 times now and love it! We pretty much never have the energy to cook when we get off work, so being able to just throw everything in the pot and walk away is perfect for us. Since we like to make this with frozen chicken, we defrost it in water for a few minutes if we have time and pressure cook the frozen or partially frozen breasts for 25 minutes instead of 15. I’d also recommend adding some chopped fresh jalapeños/hot peppers to make it a bit spicier.

  17. Ztyerman
    Ztyerman says:

    Excellent. I added 1 1/2 limes to the mix. I also did not put the tomatoes into the instant pot but added them after pouring the soup in the bowl to keep them somewhat fresh. Really great flavor and amazing how a completely frozen piece of chicken breast can turn out so well

  18. BigDogs
    BigDogs says:

    This is very good. I didnt have jalapeno so used 1 chipolte chili in adobe sauce instead. Needed more corn so added about 1 cup frozen ans let it simmer for a bit. Will definately make again.

  19. instantpotapp
    instantpotapp says:

    I liked it. I used a can of diced tomatoes (including the juice) instead dicing a tomato. It was more tomato flavored but very good. Also added an entire lime squeezed and a little extra broth. Very good. Will make it again for sure.

  20. CathyRussell
    CathyRussell says:

    This was super easy and delicious. I used fresh chicken but reduced the cook time to 12 minutes which worked perfectly. Used 1 can of diced tomatoes with juice instead of the fresh tomato and didn’t have tomato paste so left that out. Made my own taco seasoning and also added 1/2 cup+ of leftover rice which was yummy.
    Taco seasoning:
    1 tbsp chili powder
    1/2 tbsp cumin
    1/4 tbsp paprika
    1/4 tbsp salt
    1/2 tsp oregano
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1/4 tsp onion powder
    1/4 tsp black pepper

  21. ChrisRNolan
    ChrisRNolan says:

    Do you cook it on high pressure or low pressure for 15 minutes ? I’m still new to the InstantPot.

  22. CJ306
    CJ306 says:

    Absolutely delicious! I used fresh chicken breasts, a 28oz can of crushed tomatoes, a can of white kidney beans (what I had on hand), added some frozen corn and cooked it on high pressure for 12 minutes. I topped it with pepper jack cheese, diced avocado and seasoned tortilla strips from the store and it was absolute perfection!

  23. Annedw
    Annedw says:

    Great week night find, really tasty and worked well with pork tenderloin since I forgot to buy chicken breasts

  24. Hoggan66
    Hoggan66 says:

    This soup is so good! Is says use frozen chicken breasts but should say thawed breasts. Put everything in pot except avocado cilantro cheese and chips. Tweak recipe with a little lime juice and a dollop of sour cream and you will be in flavour country

  25. Meganspringer89
    Meganspringer89 says:

    This soup is amazing!!! I did add some lime juice at the end to cup some if the tomato acidity and it was just what it needed! About half a lime to the whole pot.

  26. instamom247
    instamom247 says:

    Love this recipie!
    Left out the jalapenos and just added a can of rotel for the tomatoes. Turned out perfectly. Topped with sour cream. Family loved it!

  27. TomsMom
    TomsMom says:

    This was my first time ever to make chicken tortilla soup. My chicken was thawed and diced in big chunks. I use black beans that I made from scratch, that also have homemade taco seasoning in them. I used diced tomatoes in the can. And left out the tomato paste. I cooked it for 15 minutes.
    My husband absolutely went crazy over it. So now two weeks later I’m making the soup for my in-laws tonight. Thanks for a new favorite recipe! 🙂

  28. Eirelavender
    Eirelavender says:

    So delicious!!!! My husband and I loved this dish! First time making chicken tortilla soup and added my own changes to it: I added a whole can of chopped tomatoes instead of 1 cup, added a can of kidney beans, as well as the black beans, 2 cloves of garlic, and my chicken breast was semi-frozen. We topped it off with some sour cream, shredded monterey jack and cheddar cheese, and crumbled tortilla chips. Wow… just wow! Hearty delicious comfort food in our bellies

  29. Lauren Rivera
    Lauren Rivera says:

    So good! Might add some hominy and more black beans next time but otherwise, this is perfect!!!

  30. Mobear
    Mobear says:

    ? Why does it say 25 minutes cook time on the cover screen but 15 minutes in the recipe part? I have it cooking now for 15 (using fresh not frozen chicken) Thank you

  31. justinguy
    justinguy says:

    The Good: Ovaerall tastes great. Some parts of the chicken were a little bland. Super easy to prepare and make.

    The Bad: Expecting chicken to be more tender and more easily shreded. While the chicken was thoroughly cooked, expecting it to be literally falling apart.

  32. Lvbudlight
    Lvbudlight says:

    A little spicy for the kids maybe just keep out the jalapenos. Other than that it was really good. Also we put it on corn chips seems to make the flavor pop out more..

  33. szimm
    szimm says:

    Delicious! I let everyone add fresh jalapeño slices when served, according to taste. Also added cheese and chips to top of soup, not bottom of bowl. Just prefer it that way.

  34. Amanda7544
    Amanda7544 says:

    3 frozen breasts– 20 min.

    1st time using the insta pot. Added whole cans of the things, less jalapenos.

    I would add more beans and corn next time.

  35. Mama2
    Mama2 says:

    Fantastic i added 10 drops of hot sauce to the soup before cooking then again to the bowls i added 3 drops tortilla chips on top of soup shredded cheese then a spoon of sour cream delicious and fast to make

  36. says:

    My wife and I loved this soup. If you like to keep the chips from getting too soft Put cheese then chips on top of soup

  37. Boettcherfamily2018
    Boettcherfamily2018 says:

    I love this soup. I took out the corn and diced tomatoes and increased the tomato paste for a thicker soup great for smothering on rice or making enchiladas! Can eat it for the entire weak. Ohhh an makes a great juevos rancheros 🙂 Any spelling errors due to no spellcheck…

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