Craving comfort food that’s guilt-free? This healthy Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup recipe is the answer! Packed with protein, veggies, and bold flavors, it’s ready in under 30 minutes and won’t weigh you down. Forget takeout and whip up this easy weeknight meal instead.
I’m always looking for a good reason to break out my Instant Pot. And this recipe for chicken tortilla soup is a good dish to make in it.
Forget greasy takeout and long simmering pots! This Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe is your new best friend when it comes to quick, cozy meals that satisfy your soul without weighing you down.
Imagine plump, juicy chicken shreds swimming in a vibrant broth made with fire-roasted tomatoes, zesty spices, and a symphony of fresh vegetables. Each spoonful bursts with flavor, thanks to the magic of pressure cooking, while a generous scoop of protein and fiber fuels your body without the guilt.
Ready in just 30 minutes, this soup is the ultimate weeknight hero, perfect for whipping up when cravings strike or time is tight.
Wait until you try this recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup!
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About Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for delicious and fuss-free recipes that hit the sweet spot between flavor-packed and easy-peasy. So this recipe for chicken tortilla soup will hit the spot.
And the best part? It’s a great reason to bust out your Instant Pot. But if you don’t have one, don’t worry, because you can easily make this in your slow cooker or on the stovetop too with a few modifications.
This soup recipe is a bubbling pot of savory goodness, with tender chicken, zesty tomatoes, and a medley of spices, all coming together to create a fiesta in your mouth.
After scrolling through Pinterest, I found a few different recipes for chicken tortilla soup that sounded pretty flavorful, modifiable, and very easy to make. To gain experience with my instant pot, I made this soup a few different ways and settled on my own lower-carb version of chicken tortilla soup.
How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
This recipe for chicken tortilla soup for the Instant Pot is very easy to make and takes very little time to prepare. If you want to make things easier for yourself, buy the pre-cut vegetables from the market if they are available.
Ingredients to Make Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
- 2 Boneless Chicken Breasts (I chose a package with 2 good size breasts)
- 48 oz Can of Chicken Stock
- 1 Chopped Onion
- 1 Chopped Red Pepper
- 8 oz of Fresh Chopped Salsa
- 1 Chopped and Seeded Jalapeño
- 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
- 15 oz Can of Black Beans, drained
- 1 Bag of Frozen Corn
- 2 Tbsp Cumin
- 3/4 Tsp Chili Powder
- 1/8 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe Topping ideas
Anything goes with this soup recipe, but to me, the best toppings for it are:
- Chopped Cilantro
- Sliced Avocado
- Shredded Colby Jack, Cheddar, Cheddar Jack, or whatever you prefer
- Sour Cream
Directions to Make Recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Dice onions and peppers into small-sized pieces.
Dump the chicken, onion, peppers, salsa, tomato paste, seasonings, and chicken stock into the Instantpot insert.
Seal and set the pressure cooker to high and time for 10 minutes.
After pressure cooking, set Instantpot to vent for 10 minutes allowing steam to fully vent before opening. After the ten minute vent, remove the lid and shred the chicken (I removed the chicken to shred it on a cutting board).
Keep soup on warm in the Instant pot. While shredding the chicken, dump the black beans and frozen corn into the Instantpot.
Keep on warm with the lid off until corn is cooked (about 5-10 minutes). When the chicken is shredded, add it back to the pot. Serve in bowls with desired toppings. Serves 4-6 people.
NOTE: When I made this, I did not serve with tortilla chips. If you prefer to add tortilla chips to the dish by all means, do it!
If you want to tone down the heat, omit the jalapeño and lessen the amount of chili powder and cayenne pepper.
And that’s it!
Stovetop Recipe Modification
If you don’t have an Instant Pot but still want to make this recipe, no problem. Here’s what you need to do.
- Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
- Add the chopped onions, peppers and jalapeno and cook for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften.
- Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds, until fragrant.
- Add the diced chicken to the pot and cook until it’s no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes..
- Sprinkle the spices over the chicken and vegetables. Stir to coat everything evenly with the spices.
- Pour in the salsa, tomato paste, black beans, and chicken broth. Stir well, scraping the bottom of the pot to release any browned bits.
- Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for 20-25 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
- Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
- Just before serving, stir in the lime juice for a zesty kick.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro, avocado slices, shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt, and tortilla strips or chips if desired.
- Enjoy your homemade stovetop chicken tortilla soup!
Now, you can savor the same delicious flavors even if you don’t have an Instant Pot.
Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe FAQs
How Long Does Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe Last?
Homemade chicken tortilla soup will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container. The acidity of the tomatoes and the presence of salt help inhibit bacterial growth. If you want to extend its shelf life, you can freeze it for up to 6 months – just be sure to leave some headspace in the container for expansion. However, for the best flavor and texture, enjoy your soup sooner rather than later!
Can You Freeze Chicken Tortilla Soup?
Chicken tortilla soup freezes beautifully, making it a fantastic option for batch cooking or saving leftovers for a cozy meal later. Here’s how to freeze the soup.
- Let it cool: Before freezing, ensure your soup is completely cool to prevent container cracking and freezer burn.
- Skip the garnishes: Hold off on adding fresh garnishes like avocado, cilantro, or tortilla strips until reheating. These tend to wilt or become soggy when frozen.
- Portion it out: Consider freezing the soup in individual or family-sized portions for easy defrosting and reheating. Zip-lock freezer bags or airtight containers work well.
- Leave room to expand: Don’t fill your containers to the brim. Liquids expand slightly when frozen, so leave some headspace to avoid explosions!
When you are ready to thaw and reheat the soup, allow the soup to defrost in the refrigerator overnight to ensure even thawing and prevents bacterial growth. Then reheat the soup slowly over medium heat on the stovetop, stirring occasionally. You can also thaw and reheat individual portions in the microwave, but keep an eye on it to avoid overheating.
Frozen chicken tortilla soup will maintain its best flavor and texture for up to 3 months. However, it’s still safe to consume for up to 6 months if stored properly.
Is an Instant Pot Worth Buying?
I think they are great to have, but you don’t have to run out and buy one. They are great to use because it significantly cuts down cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews while getting meats really tender. To be honest, I don’t use mine much but when I do, it really does quicken the cooking process. Plus. I love that it’s all in one dish so it’s much easier to clean up.
What Exactly Does an Instant Pot Do?
The Instant Pot is a multi-cooker appliance that can slow cook, pressure cook, steam, warm, sautee and cook rice. And the fact that you can do all of those things in one pot is pretty phenomenal, right?
Since getting the Instantpot, I started pinning recipes that look easy and sound tasty. If there is a lot of prep and clean-up, I’m not making it. To me, the Instant Pot should make my life easier, not create the same amount of work as regular cooking.
Is Chicken Tortilla Soup Unhealthy?
Certain recipes can be loaded with heavy ingredients that make it very filling. But this recipe for chicken tortilla soup is lower in calories because we are omitting the tortillas. And although the recipe is called chicken tortilla soup, I don’t really miss the tortillas.
Of course, you can always add low-carb, whole wheat, or high-protein tortilla to the soup, but I think it’s really good without it!
What Goes Well With Chicken Tortilla Soup?
When you want to serve something in addition to chicken tortilla soup, there are lots of great sides to include.
- Mexican Rice
- Guacamole and Chips
- Sour Cream
Heathy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
- 1 Pound 2 Boneless Chicken Breasts
- 48 Ounce Chicken Stock
- 1 Chopped Onion
- 1 Chopped Red Pepper
- 8 Ounces Fresh Chopped Salsa
- 1 Chopped and Seeded Jalapeño
- 2 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 8 Ounces Black Beans, drained
- 8 Ounces Frozen Corn
- 2 Tablespoons Cumin
- ¾ Teaspoon Chili Powder
- ⅛ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- Cilantro (Optional)
- 1 Tablespoon Sour Cream (Optional)
- ½ Avocado (Optional)
- 2 Ounces Shredded Cheddar (Optional)
- Dice onions and peppers into small bit size pieces.
- Dump the chicken, onion, peppers, salsa, tomato paste, seasonings, and chicken stock into the Instantpot insert.
- Seal and set the pressure cooker to high and time for 10 minutes.
- After pressure cooking, set Instantpot to vent for 10 minutes allowing steam to fully vent before opening.
- After the 10 minute vent, remove the lid and shred the chicken.
- Keep soup on warm in the Instant Pot.
- While shredding the chicken, dump the black beans and frozen corn into the Instant pot.
- Keep on warm with the lid off until corn is cooked (about 5-10 minutes)
- When the chicken is shredded, add it back to the pot.
- Serve in bowls with desired toppings.
- Serves 4-6 people. Enjoy!
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