I’m confidant this delicious Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe will be your family’s new favorite! It’s so flavorful and healthy too, loaded with vegetables, protein and fiber from the carrots, celery, bell pepper, onion, black beans and chicken.  It makes an easy instant pot soup and can be made in the slow cooker too.

A bowl full of chicken enchilada soup that was made in the instant pot, topped with diced avocado, cilantro and a scoop of sour cream.

Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

The weather is starting to cool down and I can feel fall in the air.  I understand that soup can be enjoyed all year round, but something about the crisp fall weather just puts me in a soup-loving mood.  I’ve also fallen more and more in love with my instant pot lately, so what better combination than instant pot soup?  This recipe comes together super fast and your instant pot does most of the work for you.

This chicken enchilada soup also provides a great balance between creamy and healthy.  It’s got plenty of fiber, protein, and vegetables but still has that creamy “comfort food” taste.

How to make make chicken enchilada soup in the instant pot:

Start by browning the chicken thighs on both sides in the instant pot. Remove the chicken to a plate, and then saute the vegetables in the instant pot.

I love how this soup has so many hidden veggies in it, including onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and bell pepper.

Vegetables sautéing in an instant pot including chopped carrots, bell pepper, celery, onion and garlic.

Turn off the instant pot and add the spices and diced tomatoes. Place the browned chicken thighs on top and pour in the chicken broth.

Place the corn tortillas on top–you don’t even need to chop them up.

Process photos for making chicken enchilada soup in the instant pot including pouring chicken broth over the chicken in the pot and adding corn tortillas.

Secure the instant pot lid and cook the soup on high pressure for 10 minutes with a 12 minute natural release.

Remove the chicken and shred it. Puree the soup in a blender (if desired), and then add the shredded chicken, black beans, green chiles and cream to the pot. Enjoy!

An instant pot filled with chicken enchilada soup and a ladle scooping some of the soup up.

CAN I USE CHICKEN BREASTS INSTEAD OF CHICKEN THIGHS?

I have found that chicken thighs cook much better in the instant pot than chicken breasts (chicken breasts that are pressure cooked can dry out easier and have a chewier texture). For that reason I highly recommend using chicken thighs. However, if you choose to use chicken breasts cook on high pressure for 8 minutes, with a 10 minute natural release.

Don’t have an instant pot? You can make this enchilada soup in the slow cooker or stove-top.

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Recipe

A bowl full of chicken enchilada soup that was made in the instant pot, topped with diced avocado, cilantro and a scoop of sour cream.
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
Total 45 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 skinless chicken thighs (bone in or boneless)
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 carrots , chopped
  • 2 ribs celery , chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper , chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 6 yellow corn tortillas
  • 1 can black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions
 

  • Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Turn instant pot to Saute setting. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan.
  • Add the chicken thighs and sear the chicken for 1-2 minutes on both sides, just until brown. Remove to a plate.
  • Add a little more oil to the pan, scraping up any browned bits. Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and bell pepper and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Turn instant pot off. Add the chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, and paprika. Stir to combine.
  • Add the chicken broth and diced tomatoes and stir. Add the chicken thighs and corn tortillas (just press the entire corn tortilla(s) into the soup mixture). 
  • Cook on Manual/High Pressure for 10 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release for 12 minutes, and then do a controlled quick release.
  • Remove the chicken to a plate and shred the meat.
  • (This step is optional, but I really like it to make a smooth soup.) Ladle the soup from the instant pot into a blender, in batches, and blend until smooth.
  • Return pureed soup to the instant pot, along with shredded chicken, black beans, green chiles, and cream. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, if needed.
  • Topping suggestions: green onions, sour cream, cheese, avocado, cilantro, and crushed tortilla chips. 

Nutrition

Calories: 393kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 26gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 201mgPotassium: 955mgFiber: 7gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4760IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 3.7mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is my favorite soup of all time. The first time I tried it, I was blown away, and I’m so grateful it’s fall/winter so I can make it every week if I want to!
    I love that there are so many veggies, it gives it a nice full flavor. It’s warm, and cozy comfort soup!

  2. 5 stars
    My boyfriend and I made this last night and it was amazing. I might add more spice next time as it was mild and we tend to like hotter. Otherwise wouldn’t change a thing. Putting the tortillas in the soup to cook was really cool and the flavor totally came out at the end. Great recipe, thank you so much for posting. It’s definitely going into our rotation!

  3. After it’s cooked, what happens to the tortillas that were placed inside? Do we take those out and eat it separate? Or blend it with the soup?

    1. The tortillas essentially become part of the soup. They break up under the pressure and help add a nice texture to the soup.

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