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Easy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe


Eating healthy is one of the best practices you can do to live your a good life. However, it doesn’t mean eating undelicious food without flavor or good taste. It’s obvious that cooking at home takes time, but the benefits are wonderful. You may not have time to spend hours cooking a meal at home. 

Therefore, we have the right solution for you,  an easy instant pot chicken tortilla soup. This meal doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare, it’s healthy and delicious.

How to make instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

What is Tortilla soup ?

The origin of Tortilla soup is Mexican. Like all Mexican food, it’s obvious that this meal has extra flavor. This traditional low-carb meal is a mixture of various ingredients like Chicken, Cream Cheese, bacon, and Ranch mix.

Combining all these ingredients gives you a delicious flavorful meal, ideal for evening dinner. A lot of the ingredients could be replaced, which gives the opportunity to be creative and make your own tortilla soup.


Tortilla soup is ideal for people who want to lose weight because this meal is considered a low-carb dish. You have nothing to be afraid of when eating tortilla soup.

The ingredients are 100% natural. If you never cooked this dish, don’t be afraid, the making of it is easy. Just follow the instructions and you will make a wonderful meal for your family.

How to make instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup :

Making Pot chicken tortilla soup is very easy. The ingredients are simple and you can find them anywhere. The ingredients are natural and healthy. 

The amount used depends on your needs. You are not restricted to use the same ingredients we have here. A lot of ingredients are replaceable, or could be omitted.

what is Tortilla soup

Some useful tips about cooking Chicken tortilla soup:

When the chicken is cooked, you should wait for the pressure to release naturally. Natural pressure release can be done by clicking on Keep Warm and waiting 10 minutes.

After that you can open the valve and let the pressure left release.

The other method is turning off or unplugging the pressure cooker and waiting 10 minutes, Then Opening the valve. Natural release is ideal for cooking soups, meat and pasta.

This method stops the foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve. It is recommended to do a complete Natural pressure release, which can take about half an hour, 30 minutes, to release all the foam.

It is possible to freeze instant pot chicken tortilla soup for a period of 3 months if you want. When you want to serve it, let the chicken defrost, and add a sauce pan and heat it up.

You can also add some cream or cheese if you are fan of cheese.

To make the chicken taste good, Make the ranch at home instead of buying it, because the ranch on the stores contains high level of sodium.


In case the sauce is thick, add some water to stir it.

If the sauce is thin, add a little of cold water with cornstarch to make it slurry.

The cook time of chicken breasts depends on the side of the chicken.

If the chicken breasts are bigger, it will take more time than smaller chicken breasts.

Though the original recipe is for chicken breasts, you can use chicken thighs if you want to. However, you need to increase the cooking time to 13 minutes instead of 10 minutes.

Not having a pressure cooker is not a problem. You can use a crock pot ir a slow cooker.

Add the chicken, ranch and cream cheese to a slow cooker.
Cook on low of 5 or 6 hours. If on high, cook for 3 to 4 hours, or until the chicken shreds easily.

Once the chicken is shredded, put it back in the slow cooker and stir.

instant pot chicken tortilla soup

Easy instructions for how to make delicious, perfect instant pot chicken tortilla soup.

  • Chicken The most important ingredient to make Tortilla soup. The most preferable part to use is chicken breast, or boneless chicken thighs without skin
  • Cream cheese and Cheddar cheese Cheese is what makes the meal creamy. In case you don’t have cream cheese or cheddar cheese, you have a lot of alternatives such as Mozzarella, Mexican blend cheese, Italian blend cheese, gruyere, Provolone or Pepper Jack Cheese. Pick whatever you like
  • Dry Ranch Mix You can either make one at home or buy one from the market. This ingredient makes the meal delicious
  • Chicken Broth It adds extra flavor to the dish, but you can replace it with water if you like. 5 cups recommended
  • Instant Pot You can use whatever size you like depending on your needs. However, a 6 qt instant pot is recommended for this meal.
  • Diced Tomatoes 1 can, preferably undrained
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika & 1 teaspoon coriander
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of lime juice
  1. To begin with, heat up the instant pot. Add some oil and brown the chicken breasts on both sides, 2 minutes per side, but if you don’t want to, it’s up to you. However, its recommended to brown the chicken.

  2. Put the chicken broth in the pot, and add to it tomatoes, onion, and garlic.

  3. Place the chicken breasts on top and sprinkle the spices on top of it.

  4. Close the pot by placing the lid on and lock it.

  5. Cook the mixture on manual high pressure for about 5 minutes.

  6. You’ll have to let the pressure releases naturally for a period of 10 minutes. After that quick release the rest by using the release lever.

  7. After the pot is depressurized, shred the chicken with two forks.

  8. After shredding the chicken, put the chicken back to the pot, and lime juice and cilantro for extra flavor.

  9. When you finish, you can add whatever you want like diced avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips or guacamole. You are not obliged to add anything of the mentioned ingredients in this step.

Recipe Notes

To begin with, heat up the instant pot. Add some oil and brown the chicken breasts on both sides, 2 minutes per side, but if you don’t want to, it’s up to you. However, its recommended to  brown the chicken.

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Howard Land

My name is Land, and I am a lazy chef, I like to make easy meals that don't take usually more than 30 minutes or less. I am so excited to give the best and fast recipes from around the world to help you. Follow along on this blog where I share most of my recipes.

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