This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is flavorful and savory, and comes together in under 30 minutes flat for a great weeknight meal!
As you guys know, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and got an Instant Pot (the 6 quart version)! Pressure cookers always seemed like a good idea for fast meals but they kind of terrify me to be honest – we had to use one a few times in food science lab back when I was in grad school to become a dietitian, and I was convinced the top was always about to blow off. (Here’s a blast from the past blog post recapping a food science lab class from one day in grad school!)
So, three cheers for the Instant Pot – really fast cooking but without the nerves. 🙂
For our first Instant Pot adventure, Matt and I made a Mexican-themed soup, because that’s what I was craving! I love chicken tortilla soup, but I hardly ever make it because it takes so long to get a flavorful broth and really tender chicken. That’s where the Instant Pot comes in handy – the high pressure cooks everything quickly, and all the flavors get melded together in a fraction of the time it would take on the stove. No Instant Pot? No worries – you can also do this in a regular slow cooker, but you’ll just want to start earlier in the day!
You’ll see from the ingredients below that I added some flair to this chicken tortilla soup recipe by including sweet potatoes. They’re a fantastic hearty addition, and make this recipe even more filling and cozy. If you’re not feeling them, though, you can certainly make this without them and it will still taste good. The tortilla chips are actually on the side rather than in this soup, in case you’re wondering why they are missing from the picture! 🙂
Not only is this recipe quick-cooking, but it’s also easy to prepare. Just toss everything into the Instant Pot (or a slow cooker), set the timer, shred the chicken, and stir. The toppings are key: I love tortilla chips, avocado, lime, cilantro, and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt to add even more flavor and texture.
Matt and I both loved this and hope you will too! Here’s the full recipe:
When you stir in the Greek yogurt and cheese, the soup gets creamy, rich and even MORE delicious… don’t skimp on the toppings. Or on the chips to enjoy on the side – in my opinion, if a meal doesn’t have a crunchy component it’s not satisfying. 🙂
Looking for more easy soup & stew recipes? Here are some of my favorites:
- Chicken & White Bean Chili Soup
- Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Stew
- Thai Coconut Chicken Soup
- Butternut Squash & Turkey Chili
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Do you have an Instant Pot? What kind of Instant Pot recipes would you like to see in the future?