Instant Pot tortilla soup is loaded with shredded chicken and the Mexican flavors you love like black beans, corn, green chiles, salsa and warm spices like cumin and chili powder. This Southwest Chicken Tortilla soup is easy to customize with your favorite toppings for a warm and comforting bowl. If you don't have an instant pot, follow the stove top method instructions.
Why I love this Instant Pot Tortilla Soup
I love having a bowl of soup for dinner. But when I am having soup I don't want just a light bowl of broth and noodles. I like a bowl of hearty soup that makes me feel warm and cozy.
This southwest chicken tortilla soup is loaded with all of your favorite Mexican flavors like corn, black beans and lots of tender chicken. It's just what the doctor ordered.
Not only is this soup delicious but it cooks in under 30 minutes in your instant pot or pressure cooker. It is the ultimate comfort food for a weeknight dinner!
- Olive Oil – Or use your favorite light, neutral-flavored oil.
- Aromatics – A combination of onion and garlic add lots of flavor and aroma to this soup.
- Diced Chiles – A small can of diced chiles add a touch of heat and a classic flavor. Look for chiles in mild, medium or hot depending on your preference.
- Roasted Tomatoes – Fire roasted tomatoes have a wonderful smoky flavor. Sometimes I even roast my own tomatoes in the air fryer.
- Salsa – Use your favorite jarred or homemade salsa. You can also use taco or enchilada sauce if you'd like a less chunky soup.
- Seasonings – Chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper provide flavor.
- Black Beans – Black beans are flavorful and packed with protein. You can easily substitute pinto beans if you'd like to.
- Chicken Broth – Use low sodium broth and adjust the seasoning by adding more salt if necessary.
- Chicken – Boneless and skinless chicken breasts are easy to work with but you could also use thighs or even leftover rotisserie chicken.
- Corn – I prefer the freshness of frozen corn but you can use a can of drained corn.
- Toppings – See our full list of toppings below.
Tortilla Soup Toppings
Topping this southwest chicken tortilla soup is almost as fun as eating it. I like to prepare several bowls of topping options so everyone can customize their bowl.
- Tortilla chips or strips
- Shredded cheese or cotija cheese
- Sliced jalapeno
- Lime wedges
- Sour cream
- Pico de gallo
- Diced avocado or guacamole
- Chopped cucumber
How To Make Southwest Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Set the instant pot to saute and cook the onion in oil for about 5 minutes or until tender.
- Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant then turn off the saute function and deglaze the pot with ½ cup of chicken broth.
- Add remaining broth, chicken, spices, tomatoes, salsa, chilies, corn and beans. Close the lid and seal the pressure valve on the Instant Pot. Cook on high for 10 minutes followed by a quick release of pressure.
- Remove the chicken to a plate and shred it with two forks.
- Return the chicken to the soup and mix everything together.
- Serve the Instant Pot tortilla soup in bowls and add toppings as desired. (See full instructions in the recipe card below as well as how to make this soup on the stove in a Dutch oven.)
Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat the soup on the stovetop or in the microwave.
When the soup has cooled, portion into freezer bags or freezer-safe containers. Label and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge before reheating.
If you are using an 8-quart Instant Pot you should have plenty of room to double this recipe. I would not recommend doubling if you have a 6-quart Instant Pot. The cooking times will be the same if you double the recipe.
Rotisserie chicken is affordable and this recipe tastes great with leftover chicken. If the chicken is already cooked, I would recommend making this soup on the stovetop and adding the chicken just before serving to warm it through.
This soup can also be made on the stove in a Dutch oven. See the recipe card for the stove top variation.
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How do you plan to top your bowl of Southwest Chicken Tortilla Soup? It's going to be delicious!
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Southwest Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Instant pot or pressure cooker instructions for Dutch oven in the notes too
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 small onion
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 32 ounces chicken broth
- 16 ounces chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
- 4 ounces can diced chiles
- 14.4 ounces can fire roasted tomatoes
- 2 cups salsa
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 can (15 ounce) black beans
- 1 cup frozen or canned corn
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional toppings (tortilla chips, lime wedges, sour cream, cilantro, etc)
- Set the instant pot to sauté and add the oil. Once hot, sauté onions for 5 minutes or until lightly brown. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
- Add a half cup of broth and stir, scraping the onions and garlic off the bottom.
- Add remaining broth, chicken, chiles, tomatoes, salsa, spices, beans and corn . Close the lid and seal the pressure valve. Cook on high for 10 minutes or until chicken is tender and with a 165° internal temperature.
- Quick release pressure and remove the chicken. Shred the chicken and return to the pot and add the corn. Mix everything together. Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve and enjoy with your favorite topping such as tortilla chips, sour cream, shredded cheese, lime wedges, avocado slices and/or fresh cilantro .
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I make a version of this soup that is very similar, but no avocado. I will definitely try it next time. My recipe also calls for lots of fresh cilantro.
Mom on the Run
I love new soup recipes 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
Delectable soup! Gotta have that kick if you ask me 🙂 Winter sure is great motivator for home made soup. It's even cold to us down here in Florida. I think I made more soup this winter than any other winter.
Oh I really need to make this before the weather gets hot. Looks so delicious and warm!
Gorgeous soup! Tortilla soup is definitely one of my top 5 favorite soups.
The Japanese Redneck
I bet that hit the spot on such a yucky day. Hope ya'll thaw out soon!
We made that this winter too & it was really so much better than I expected!
I have to wonder how many food blog posts over the past month have begun, "It snowed, again. the kids are home, again. So I cooked...."
I love this soup and all the flavor it has. Yours looks warming on this rainy day we are having.
THAT is what I want for dinner tonight!
that crunchy topping with the lime juice is my fav part.
I'm still on the hunt for a great Chicken Tortilla Soup. Even the recipe in one of my Rick Bayless cookbooks is bland. (Did I just type that out loud???) Can't wait to give this a try.
mmmm, definitely wouldn't get bored eating it either, delicious!
Sounds like a perfect soup for all the rainy weather we've had around here!
Lisa, nice tortilla soup...can you believe that I never had a chance to make this soup? Will definitely give a try 🙂
This is one of my favorties...yours looks so yummy.
looks like a fabulous soup! Hearty
We made some very similar soup just the other day! I love tortilla soup - it's the best!
I'm on such a soup kick. Love that you added those dried peppers, I have some in the pantry that I often forget about it. This sounds so good right now...
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