Chicken Taco Soup is a spicy, soul-warming hearty soup that tastes like its been simmering all day thanks to the Instant Pot! An easy dinner recipe ready in a flash.
Updated October 2018
When the cool weather sets in there is nothing like a hearty soup recipe to make a satisfying meal. Even better is one that can be made fast in the Instant Pot! Conventional recipe included too!
Chicken Taco soup is a cold-weather star turning favorite Mexican food flavors into fast, easy comfort food.
What Ingredients are in Chicken Taco Soup?
Whole, fresh ingredients make this soup the star that it is. Boneless chicken breasts, red onion, bell pepper, garlic, diced canned diced tomatoes, jalapeno, olives, cilantro and warming spices combine to pressure cook into a soup that tastes like it has been simmering all day long on the stove.
This soup is filled with chicken, vegetables, and taco spices. The chicken stays moist and soaks up all the delicious spices of the recipe!
How Long Does this Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup Recipe Take?
The prep time for this chicken taco soup is about 15 minutes. I make the vegetable prep EVEN faster by using a mini chopper instead of hand chopping.
The cooking cycle is 15 minutes. With time to bring the Instant Pot to pressure the full recipe is ready in about 45 minutes…..with no monitoring from you!
It’s Paleo-friendly and Naturally Gluten-Free
This Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup recipe is from the cookbook I Love My Instant Pot Paleo Recipe Book by Michelle Fagone (incidentally there is a series of ‘I Love’ Instant Pot cookbooks spanning regular to Vegan, Keto, Paleo, Glute-Free recipes etc.)
The recipe is paleo-compliant however if you aren’t paleo feel free to change it up! For instance, the recipe calls for avocado oil. Feel free to use your favorite cooking oil as a substitute.
Why Use an Instant Pot? Why I LOVE the Instant Pot!
The main function most people use on the Instant Pot is the pressure-cooking function. It’s appealing for the fast cooking as well as retaining of nutrition in the ingredients being used.
I love it for soup because it produces deep flavors as though it has been cooking on the stove for hours but cooks in well under 30 minutes start to finish.
This is the Instant Pot I use (because you ask!)
How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup – Step by Step:
- Press the Sauté button and heat the oil.
- Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté until the onion starts to become transluscent; 3-5 minutes. NOTE: this extra step really develops the flavors in the soup vs just adding the vegetables uncooked.
- Add garlic and sauté an additional minute.
- Pour in the canned diced tomatoes with juice and the water; deglaze the pan by scrapping up any cooked bits from the sauté cycle.
- Add the remaining ingredients and lock the lid. Select Manual/High Pressure and adjust time to 15 minutes cooking time.
- When the cooking time ends, do a quick release. Remove the chicken breasts and shred with my preferred method below (or manually with two forks). Add the chicken back into the soup.
- Serve soup with avocado slices and remaining cilantro topping.
A Special Trick for Shredding Chicken
I prefer this trick from Moist Homemade Shredded Chicken Breast for speed and ease (NOT to make the chicken for this recipe, just to shred it after it has cooked with this soup).
If using this method, do not over shred the chicken so it becomes too fine. Large shreds of chicken work best in soups.
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Want to try another Instant Pot chicken recipe? Mango Chicken in the Instant Pot is delicious.
More Easy Soup Recipes to try (for the Instant Pot and conventional methods):
- Turkey Tortilla Soup
- Instant Pot Hearty Chicken Soup
- Jalapeno Corn Chicken Chowder
- Slow Cooker Shortcut Red Posole Soup
If you’ve made this Chicken Taco soup recipe please RATE THE RECIPE below!
Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup
This hearty soup is packed with chicken and vegetables for a spicy, satisfying fast meal!
- 1 tablespoon Avocado Oil (alternate cooking oil may be used if not Paleo)
- 1 small Red Onion peeled and diced
- 1 medium Yellow Bell Pepper seeded and diced
- 3 Garlic Cloves quartered
- 1 28-ounce can Diced Tomatoes including juice
- 1 cup Water
- 1/2 pound Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 1 medium Jalapeno Pepper seeded and diced
- 1 2.25-ounce can Diced Black Olives drained
- 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
- 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh Cilantro divided
- 1 medium Avocado peeled, pitted and sliced
Press the Sauté button on the Instant Pot and heat oil. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 3–5 minutes until onions are translucent.
Add garlic and heat an additional minute.
Add tomatoes, including juice, and water; deglaze pot by scraping up any bits from the bottom and sides of the pot.
Add chicken, jalapeno, black olives, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and 1⁄4 cup cilantro. Lock lid. Press the Manual or High Pressure Cook button and adjust time to 15 minutes.
When timer beeps, quick release pressure until float valve drops and then unlock lid. Use two forks to shred the chicken in the pot. Let simmer 5 minutes.
Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with avocado slices and remaining cilantro.
Excerpted with permission from The “I Love My Instant Pot” Paleo Recipe Book" Copyright © 2017 by Michelle Fagone, published by Adams Media.
Disclosure: I received a copy of ‘I Love My Instant Pot Paleo Recipe Book’ for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.