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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Author: Deborah Schneider
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This hearty and flavourful Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup is the ultimate Mexican dish to make at home. Serve with crispy corn chips, avocado and diced onions.



2 guajillo chiles, stemmed, seeded, and torn into pieces
1 cup boiling water
2 Roma tomatoes
2 tomatillos, husked and roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1⁄2 large white onion, finely diced (about 3⁄4 cup), plus 1⁄4 cup diced white onion for serving
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1⁄2 small carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks or small dice
1⁄2 Anaheim chile, seeded and diced (about 1⁄4 cup)
1 1⁄2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
6 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups toasted corn tortilla strips or tortilla chips, broken into bite-size pieces
1⁄2 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
4 lime wedges


  1. Place the chile pieces in a blender and pour in the boiling water. Let soak for 10 minutes, until the chiles are softened, then drain off and discard the water.
  2. Cut 1 tomato into quarters and scoop out and discard the core and seeds. Roughly chop the quarters and add to the blender. Core, seed, and finely dice the second tomato and set aside.
  3. Add the tomatillos, garlic, and 1⁄2 cup of the finely diced onion and blend until very smooth, scraping down the blender as needed. Do not add any water.
  4. Press Sauté (High) on the Instant Pot and heat the oil. Add the diced tomato, the remaining finely diced onion, the carrot, and the Anaheim chile and sauté for about 1 minute until beginning to soften. Add the chile puree and cook, stirring, until the mixture is quite dry and beginning to stick to the pot. Press Cancel.
  5. Add the chicken, broth, and salt. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Press Soup, then set the cooking time for 20 minutes.
  6. When the cooking program is complete, press Cancel. Perform a quick pressure release by moving the Pressure Release to Venting. Open the pot, then transfer the chicken to a plate.
  7. Using two forks, shred the chicken into bite-size pieces. Divide the chicken evenly among heated bowls. Top each portion with the tortilla strips, cheese, and diced onion, then ladle the hot broth over the top. Garnish with the avocado and cilantro and serve right away, with the lime wedges.


Serve in big bowls with lime wedges on the side.


  • Serving Size: 1.5-2 cups
  • Calories: 523
  • Sugar: 5.6 g
  • Sodium: 2328.7 mg
  • Fat: 27 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.5 g
  • Fiber: 4.9 g
  • Protein: 42.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 183.6 mg