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This Whole30 Instant Pot chicken tortilla-less soup is full of flavor and so easy to make! Super quick and filling, this Mexican soup is creamy, spicy, and low carb.

overhead image of whole30 instant pot chicken tortilla-less soup in a bowl with fresh cilantro, avocado, and red onion on top

Looking for a more-traditional chicken tortilla soup, without any special ingredients or dietary considerations? Check out our recipe for Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup!

What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • It’s crazy easy – throw (almost) everything in the Instant Pot, cook for about 18 minutes, dice your chicken, then add the remaining ingredients. You’ll have a complete meal on the table in no time, and with very little effort!
  • It’s creamy, filling, and spicy, making it a great one-dish meal and perfect for cold weather. You can even meal prep this Mexican soup ahead of a busy week! I love having access to this delicious soup for a quick lunch.
  • It’s also low carb and keto-friendly, with only 8 grams of net carbs per serving! This Whole30 Instant Pot chicken tortilla-less soup fits a variety of diets. It’s just about as healthy as a soup can get!

Key Ingredients

Chipotle Pepper Powder – I have unfortunately yet to find Whole30 compliant chipotle peppers. Therefore, we use chipotle pepper powder to give this soup a hint of that signature flavor. However, if you’re not on a Whole30, you can simply replace the powder with 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, plus 2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce. Also, feel free to include as much or as little chipotle as you’d like based on your spice preference.

Full-Fat Coconut Milk – The coconut milk gives this Whole30 Instant Pot chicken tortilla-less soup an irresistibly creamy texture and flavor! If you’re not a fan of coconut, don’t worry, the flavor barely shines through in this tasty recipe. Also, be sure to use a full-fat coconut milk for that thick, velvety texture!

Chef’s Tips

  • If not on a Whole30, feel free to add some shredded cheese in there if you’d like! You can also enjoy this with a side of tortilla chips for a tasty crunch.
  • Get creative with this recipe and make it your own! Stir in some spinach, kale, or chard for extra greens. You can even replace the chicken with about a pound of browned and drained ground beef!
  • If you have a coconut allergy, replace the coconut milk with cashew cream. To do this, blend 1 cup of raw cashews with 3/4 cup water in a high-speed blender until smooth. This coconut-free option is also Whole30 compliant!
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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
4.99 from 115 votes

Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla-Less Soup

Prep 5 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Time to Pressure 20 minutes
Total 45 minutes
This Whole30 Instant Pot chicken tortilla-less soup is full of flavor and so easy to make! Super quick and filling, this Mexican soup is creamy, spicy, healthy, and low carb.
4 servings


  • Instant Pot


For the Soup

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 1 ½ pounds
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 10-ounce cans tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 14.5-ounce can chicken broth Whole30-compliant
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-3 teaspoons chipotle pepper powder 1 teaspoon for mild, 3 teaspoons for hot
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 zucchinis chopped or cut into ½-inch half moons
  • 1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream whisked until smooth

For the Garnish

  • fresh avocado slices
  • red onions sliced thin
  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • coconut cream
  • lime juice
  • shredded cheese if not paleo or on Whole30
  • tortilla strips if not paleo or on Whole30


  • Sprinkle boneless skinless chicken breasts with salt. Add the chicken breasts to the Instant Pot. Add the remaining ingredients in order, through zucchini. 
  • Secure the lid on the pot. Cook at high pressure for 18 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release for ten minutes, then use the manual release. Pull out the chicken breasts and add coconut milk. Switch Instant Pot to Sauté mode and stir to combine.
    whole30 instant pot chicken tortilla-less soup step 2
  • Dice or shred chicken, then return it to the soup. Serve hot, topped with garnishes of choice.


  • Slow Cooker Method: If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can make this Whole30 chicken tortilla-less soup in the slow cooker. Add all ingredients, except coconut milk, in order listed. Cook on low heat for 7 hours or on high heat for 4 hours. Remove chicken breasts and dice. Stir in coconut milk, then return chicken to slow cooker. Serve with garnishes. 

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 336calProtein: 19gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 1232mgPotassium: 1141mgTotal Carbs: 18gFiber: 4gNet Carbs: 14gVitamin A: 1085IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 114mgIron: 6mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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  1. one of my go-tos for my family, love the flavor the coconut milk adds. I am wondering how it would freeze? Both as a prepared soup, or if I threw all the ingredients into a freezer bag to dump into the instapot later? Other than the coconut milk of course. Thanks!5 stars

    1. Hi Marlea! We’ve had people freeze it and reheat with success- just note that the zucchini’s texture may change slightly due to the freezing-reheating process. The dump bag is a good idea! Let us know if you try it!

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