Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup

This Southwest Chicken Soup is made easy in the Instant Pot with chicken, beans, corn and tomatoes. It is simple to make and can optionally be prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer. It’s as easy as placing all the ingredients in a freezer bag and stashing it away until you are in need of a quick weeknight. Simply defrost in the refrigerator overnight and place everything in an Instant Pot to cook at dinnertime! Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

A bowl of southwest chicken soup with garnishes on itInstant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup

This Southwest Chicken Soup is pure comfort food in a bowl. Southwest inspired flavors like chicken, tomatoes, corn and lime are mixed together in an easy to make soup. What makes this even more special is that you can prepare batches of this ahead of time and place in the freezer for the next time you need an easy dinner! Don’t care to meal prep this soup? No problem! Just place everything in your Instant Pot pressure cooker fresh and dinner is ready in just about 20 minutes.

Serve this soup with ALL the garnishes like crushed up tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, cilantro, lime wedges or pickled jalapeños.

Instant pot dump chicken dinner

How to Make a Dump Freezer Dinner

So let’s talk a little bit about the concept of a “dump” dinner, because we’ve been loving these types of meals lately and we plan to continue to share more of them in the future.

A dump dinner is recipe that doesn’t really require too many steps in terms of preparation before it is cooked. Typically you just gather the ingredients, with minimal chopping, and dump them into the cooking equipment. Typically this is either a slow cooker, a stock pot or an Instant Pot. A Dump and Start meal refers to a meal that you just gather the ingredients, dump them in your pot and start cooking. A Freezer Dump Dinner is a meal that is gathered ahead of time and frozen in a bag. When you want to cook it, you defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then dump the meal in the cooking vessel when ready to cook!

For this recipe, it will work either way. Gather all off the ingredients for the Southwest Chicken Soup and either prepare one (or more) batches ahead of time and freeze, or gather up all the ingredients and cook immediately in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker.

Dump chicken dinnerWhy We’re All About Good Quality Chicken

I am so happy to partner again with my friends at Farmer Focus to bring you today’s easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. I love being able to grab up a package of Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store and not having to question whether it is truly coming from meat raised in a humane way.

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with growers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Farmer Focus is a company that supports their farmer partners and that is working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard working family farmers.

Farmer Focus chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! How awesome is that?!

You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

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"Dump" Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:18 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:32 Serves 4-6


Optional Garnish

  • Crushed Tortillas
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado 
  • Pickled Jalapeno


  1. If preparing ahead and placing in the freezer: Gather your ingredients and place everything in a gallon sized freezer bag and seal tightly. Storage flat in the freezer. To defrost, place in the refrigerator the night before.
  2. To cook: Combine all of the ingredients in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Set the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes with a natural release of at least 10 minutes (see note). Once opened, shred the chicken with two forks.
  3. Garnish as desired with crushed tortillas, shredded cheese, cilantro, avocado or pickled jalapeno and serve!

Recipe Notes

  1. Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs will work here too!
  2. You can let the pressure release naturally entirely.

  3. You do not need to freeze this recipe. If you want to make the recipe without freezing, simply place all ingredients directly inside of the Instant Pot and follow cooking instructions.

  4. To make in the slow cooker cook on high 4-6 hours or low 6-8 hours!
  5. To make on the stove top add all ingredients and simmer on low for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and can be shredded.
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6 comments on “Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup

  • Wow! I’m so impressed with the flavor in this soup for the amount of time it took. I did it on the stovetop because I don’t have an Instant Pot so I was worried I might not get the same flavor level but it is really great. Love easy recipes with a ton of flavor.

  • Love the flavor in this recipe! We used Instant Pot and the chicken was cooked perfectly. We only used one chicken breast and that was plenty, but next time we may add more broth to make it more soup-y. We also used a little less salt and it was fine. I added cilantro and my husband added cheese, cilantro, and jalapeno. Awesome, easy weeknight meal with TONS of flavor!

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