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Instant Pot Taco Soup

5 from 3 votes

posted: 04/08/20

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This Instant Pot Taco Soup preps in FIVE minutes! Delicious, done in 35 minutes, and at only 300 calories a bowl you can’t beat a chicken taco soup like this.

overhead view of a bowl of instant pot taco soup garnished with sour great, shredded cheese, and freshly sliced jalapeños

I absolutely love this Taco Soup all year round. It comes together so quickly with only about 5 minutes of hands on time in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.

It is a quick riff on my Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup, but is perfect for when you forgot to get it going in the morning.

This meal uses chicken and pantry items, so it is a perfect fall back meal. And at only about 300 calories a bowl, it is a meal that you can feel really good about serving your family too.


As mentioned, this soup comes together easily with just a few ingredients. Most of these ingredients I keep on hand in my pantry all the time. So this is a great meal to make when there is nothing else on hand.

  • Chicken
  • Chicken Stock
  • Taco Seasoning (if you can’t buy any, make this!)
  • Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Canned Corn

Make sure you visit the bottom of the post for the full printable recipe.

overhead view of an instant pot with all the ingredients for taco soup in it: black beans, kidney beans, corn, chicken, crushed tomatoes, taco seasoning, and chicken stock


We eat this soup all the time – even in the summer months. My husband and I put out lots of toppings on the table and kids can customize their dinner!

  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Cilantro
  • Pickled Jalapeños
  • Tortilla Chips


This soup makes the best left overs! I actually had left overs for lunch yesterday and it was such a great quick lunch.

Store the left overs in an airtight container for up to four days. Only take out and heat up what you plan on eating right then. Do not heat up all of the left overs and store them again in the refrigerator a second time.

This is a great soup for freezing. Store in an airtight container, allow extra room for expanding. Freeze for up to three months.

two white bowls full of chicken taco soup topped with sour cream and cheese  with tortilla chips around them and an instant pot int he background


If you are new to using your Instant Pot and want more great recipes to make in it, here are a few we love:

If you make this recipe or any of my others please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

white bowl on a gray surface with sour cream, shredded cheese and jalapeños garnishing chicken taco soup, another bowl int he background
overhead view of a bowl of instant pot taco soup garnished with sour great, shredded cheese, and freshly sliced jalapeños
5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup

Serves: 6 people
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
This Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup is only 5 minutes of prep, and about 300 calories a bowl! The perfect easy weeknight dinner!


  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 15 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1 ounce taco seasoning (3 tablespoons)
  • 16 ounces kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces black beans drained and rinsed
  • 11 ounces corn drained
  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In the base of the Instant Pot, whisk together the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes and taco seasoning.
  • Add in the whole chicken breasts, kidney beans, black beans, and corn.
  • Put the top on and seal.  Set it to manual, high pressure, 5 minutes.  Make sure the valve is set to sealed before you start.  After a moment the Instant Pot will beep and say "On."  At that point it will start building pressure and eventually the pressure valve will raise and then it will start counting down the 5 minutes.  (The total time it takes to come to pressure varies from Instant Pot to Instant Pot. My total cooking time from start to finish was 35 minutes.)
  • Once the Instant Pot has counted down the 5 minutes, use a manual pressure release, turning it to venting.  Once the valve has fallen you can remove the top.
  • Remove the chicken breasts. Shred them and return the shredded chicken back to the soup. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Calories: 302kcal (15%) Carbohydrates: 39g (13%) Protein: 31g (62%) Fat: 3g (5%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 47mg (16%) Sodium: 477mg (21%) Potassium: 1179mg (34%) Fiber: 13g (54%) Sugar: 8g (9%) Vitamin A: 1700IU (34%) Vitamin C: 26.4mg (32%) Calcium: 80mg (8%) Iron: 3.6mg (20%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
overhead view of a bowl of instant pot taco soup garnished with sour great, shredded cheese, and freshly sliced jalapeños

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  1. Darlene says

    Your instructions say cook time 35 minutes, but your written instructions say 5 minutes? Also, would this work equally well with frozen chicken breasts and just hit the chicken button?

    • Lisa Longley says

      You set your Instant Pot for 5 minutes, but it actually takes about 30 minutes for the pressure to build. I wanted people to get a sense of the full time it took.

  2. Christi says

    5 stars
    I’m all about taco anything! Can’t wait to try this.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Christi!!

  3. MariaMay says

    good share

  4. Kimberly Baxter says

    5 stars
    My family really enjoy taco soup. Will try to make this recipe for the Tue’s Dinner. I bet it will be tasty. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Barbara Holland says

    Sounds so good but how would you do it without an Instant Pot? say with just a regular pot on the stove top.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Barbara! Do you have a slow cooker? I make this recipe in the slow cooker all the time and love it! Find it here:

    • Donna Goetzinger says

      Just cook the chicken in the broth on the stove top until you can shred it, then add the other ingredients and simmer, maybe 15-20 minutes to meld the flavors. Total time will be a bit longer, but not much.
      Or you could cube the raw chicken before you put It in the broth to shorten the cooking time.

      • Lisa Longley says

        The thing I really love about this recipe is it is two minutes to get it going and then I can focus on helping my kids with their homework.

  6. Jane M says

    thank you thank you THANK YOU for doing your measurements by weight, especially the chicken breasts. We’ve also been struggling to find blogs/recipes with nutritional info. So happy to have found your page, very excited to try this recipe tonight. :D

    • Lisa Longley says

      You are very welcome! I hope you love it!

  7. Annette L. Hebbeler says

    You left out adding the chicken to the pot?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Annette! Fixed now.

  8. Hannah says

    Hi, I noticed on the instant pot recipe it calls for 15 oz. crushed tomatoes and on the crockpot recipe it calls for 28 oz. Just curious, why the difference? Thanks!

    • Lisa Longley says

      What a good observation, Hannah! So Instant Pot recipes require less liquid than in the crockpot because nothing cooks off. Even with the crockpot being closed, it isn’t sealed and liquid does escape.

  9. Carolyn says

    I’m new to instant pot cooking but look forward to learning

    • Lisa Longley says

      If you try this recipe, I hope you come back and let me know what you think!

  10. Ernest Tully says

    5 stars
    My kind of recipe. Dump it all together in the Instant Pot. Voila! Taco soup. I’d take a picture but it was gone so fast. All that’s left is a piece of chicken and some beans.

    This recipe begged for a dessert equally as simple. Pumpkin Apple dumpcake it is! Another simple but delicious recipe shared by Lisa.


    • Lisa Longley says

      I am so happy you enjoyed these recipes as much as we do!

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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry"I have made this a couple or more times. It’s easy & quick to prepare. I like this for a quick meal. It will be my go to recipe."



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