Instant Pot Spicy Tortilla Chicken Soup

The Instant Pot is a great option for those days when it's too hot to cook

By Charlotte Linde & Erika Veduccio July 21, 2020

Sometimes during the summer, it's just too hot to grill outside. On those days it's definitely too hot to turn on the oven. That's when I love using my Instant Pot as a one meal pot because I can cook a delicious meal using minimal heat and energy. 

This Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup is a family favorite — all year round. I like to serve this tortilla soup with a side salad or sliced watermelon. Boom! Good to go. Oh except don't forget 'a side' of frosty margaritas for us big kids! 

Instant Pot Spicy Tortilla Soup


  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (or any high heat oil)
  • 1 onion, diced (reserve some for topping)
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 large jar of roasted red peppers drained and chopped
  • 1 can of corn drained
  • 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 5 cups or about 2 pounds of cooked shredded chicken
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) cans diced fire-roasted or Mexican style tomatoes with juices 
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro (reserve half for topping)
  • 1/4 cup of lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Optional toppings:

  • Crushed tortilla chips or strips
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped onions or scallions
  • Shredded cheese 
  • Mexican cheese
  • Lime wedges
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced jalapenos


  1. In your Instant Pot, on the saute setting, heat olive oil.
  2. Add onion, green pepper, jalapeno, and garlic. Stir often and cook until soft and onion begins to brown.
  3. Add in the taco seasoning, salt, and pepper and stir until fragrant.
  4. Now add your roasted peppers, corn, beans, chicken, tomatoes, and stock.
  5. Continue to cook and stir for 15 minutes.
  6. Add lime juice and 1/2 of your cilantro and cook for an additional 5 minutes. 

Serve in bowls and top with your favorite toppings, including the remaining cilantro. Enjoy! 


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