Hen tortilla soup is studded with tender shredded hen, diced onions, garlic, and chiles, topped with a pile of crispy tortilla strips. The tomato-y broth is lighter than chili, but hearty sufficient to take pleasure in as a meal by itself. This model is amped up with corn and beans, too.

This soup is so hearty, it’s filling sufficient to take pleasure in as a standalone meal.

EASY TORTILLA SOUP IN THE INSTANT POT

This soup is simple to make any time of day and have prepared by dinnertime. Sauté onions and garlic, after which every thing else goes into the pot, together with uncooked hen – no searing required! If you’re able to eat, the boneless hen tenders or thighs are simple to shred up and stir again in simply earlier than serving.

Whereas the soup is cooking underneath strain, you may get your toppings prepared – slice up avocado, chop cilantro, and get your tortilla strips good and crispy. Historically, they’re fried, however I discover it simpler (and fewer greasy) to bake them within the oven, toaster oven, or air fryer.

A white bowl with Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup inside. A red broth with fried tortila strips, shredded chicken, chopped cilantro, shredded cheese and slices of avocado are visible in the bowl. A slice of lime is next to the avocado on the edge of the bowl. A partial view of a second bowl with the same soup inside is in the upper right corner. A white container has fried tortilla strips inside in the top left. A linen with a grey pattern is in partial view to the left of the bowl. A stem of cilantro is to the right of the bowl.

A white bowl with Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup inside. A red broth with fried tortila strips, shredded chicken, chopped cilantro, shredded cheese and slices of avocado are visible in the bowl. A slice of lime is next to the avocado on the edge of the bowl. A partial view of a second bowl with the same soup inside is in the upper right corner. A white container has fried tortilla strips inside in the top left. A linen with a grey pattern is in partial view to the left of the bowl. A stem of cilantro is to the right of the bowl.

TIME-SAVING TIPS FOR CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

If you’re making hen tortilla soup, you possibly can select to go the handy route on a few key steps:

  1. Make your individual tortilla strips as proven on this recipe
  2. Or use store-bought tortilla chips or tostadas as an alternative

Some recipes name for chopping up all recent greens, however I discover that this can be a nice alternative to save lots of a bit of time and open cans of peppers and tomatoes as an alternative. (They’re at all times in season that approach, in spite of everything!)

Oh, and fire-roasted crushed tomatoes offers you essentially the most taste—for those who can’t discover these, add 1/four teaspoon of smoked paprika to offer your soup a bit of extra depth, or else use a can of diced, fire-roasted tomatoes, pureed within the blender together with their liquid.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH TORTILLA SOUP

You don’t actually need to serve something with hen tortilla soup—it makes an incredible meal by itself! If you wish to make it an actual Mexican feast, serve the soup with sides of refried beans and rice, or with wedges of cheese quesadillas for dipping.

A white bowl of pressure cooker tortilla soup with a spoon and grey patterned linen napkin to the left. The top right corner has a partial view of a second bowl of the same soup.

A white bowl of pressure cooker tortilla soup with a spoon and grey patterned linen napkin to the left. The top right corner has a partial view of a second bowl of the same soup.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

In case you have leftovers, you’ll wish to retailer the soup individually from the tortilla strips in order that they don’t get soggy. I put my tortilla strips in a zip-top bag and go away them on the counter, prepared to make use of the following time I wish to warmth up a bowl of soup.

The soup will be saved within the fridge for as much as three days, or within the freezer for as much as three months. If I’m freezing the soup, I wish to ladle it into silicone molds to freeze in single-serving blocks, then pop them out and retailer them in baggage. They thaw a lot sooner than an enormous, frozen block of soup, and will be reheated simply within the microwave or on the stovetop.

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