Bison Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker

by Dorothy Reinhold on May 27, 2020

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Bison Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot: Hearty, flavor-filled, meaty, beany soup gets made easily in the Instant Pot. Fling lots of chopped cilantro, cheese and tortilla chips on top for fun!

Did you take your Instant Pot out of its box yet? Are you still afraid of it? Don’t worry, it’s easy. This recipe will take you through its paces. A friend wasn’t using her IP and gave it to me (sans box or booklet), and when I got it home, I just looked at it and said, “You are not that hard! I can conquer you!” Don’t we all talk to our appliances?

Let’s make some Tortilla Soup for dinner tonight, and instead of my usual ground turkey or beef, let’s use ground bison (buffalo meat), so it’s Bison Soup.

We’ll saute the onion and bison in the pot first, then add the beans, tomatoes, herbs and spices, and set it to pressure cook while we go and check email. We’ll come back to a steaming pot of delicious, hearty bison soup.

Instant Pot Bison Tortilla Soup in a white bowlAnd for the final flourish, we’ll fling fresh cilantro, shredded cheese and some tortilla chips on top, because it’s the law. Right? Or at least it’s the law in Southern California.

Questions and answers about Bison Soup

What if I don’t have an Instant Pot?

Make this in your soup pot on top of the stove, as usual. (If you want to get an Instant Pot, the 6-quart DUO is what I have and it seems fine!)

What if I can’t get bison?

You may absolutely substitute ground beef, ground chicken or ground turkey for the bison, if you can’t find bison.

Why should I use bison?

Bison, aka buffalo meat, is lower in fat, calories and cholesterol than beef. It has a slightly lighter flavor, and is more likely to be grass-fed than beef. It’s a great source of lean protein.

Bison Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot, in a white bowl on marble counterAll right…let’s make Bison Tortilla Soup for dinner!

Bison Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Serves 4.

Bison Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker

Bison Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot: Hearty, flavor-filled, meaty, beany soup gets made easily in the Instant Pot. Fling lots of chopped cilantro, cheese and tortilla chips on top for fun!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground bison (or use lean ground beef or ground turkey)
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, no- or low-salt version preferred
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cups broth (chicken, beef or vegetable, low- or no-salt version preferred)
  • Garnishes: Fresh chopped cilantro, tortilla chips, shredded cheese


  1. Plus the Instant Pot in and push the "saute" button, add the oil, and when it is hot, add the chopped onion. Saute the onion for 5-10 minutes, stirring often, until it is starting to brown a bit. Add the bison and saute, stirring frequently, until it is browned. Add the garlic and saute and stir for another minute or 2.
  2. Add drained beans, tomatoes in their juice, chili powder, cumin, oregano, broth and a pinch of salt (omit salt if you have used salted ingredients).
  3. Lock lid on and set to 15 minutes on high. When cooking time has elapsed, allow the pot to slow release naturally, which will take another 10-15 minutes.
  4. Serve into bowls, and garnish the top with chopped cilantro, some shredded cheese if you like, and stand a few tortilla chips in each bowl.
  5. Serves 4.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

katerina @ May 29, 2020 at 8:54 am

I love tortilla soup! I can’t wait to try it with Bison! Sounds SO delicious!


Barb May 28, 2020 at 5:38 pm

I love a hearty dish like this Dorothy and Bison is relatively easy to find in Colorado too so that’s a plus. So many great recipes, so little time!

And yes I was a chicken at first too…bet the IP sat in a cabinet for a year before I dove in. Have never looked back!


Dorothy Reinhold May 30, 2020 at 7:54 am

It’s funny how we let some appliances intimidate us for awhile. I say reclaim your spot at the top of the food chain!


Jane May 28, 2020 at 5:10 pm

What a great idea to use bison to make this beautiful tortilla soup Dorothy! I can’t wait to try you version!!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert May 28, 2020 at 4:25 pm

Bison Tortilla Soup This couldn’t look any more perfect!


Kimberly May 28, 2020 at 12:54 pm

Nice! Bison’s such a great choice and this soup sounds fabulous!


Beth Pierce May 28, 2020 at 11:40 am

Yum! I love this soup! It’s so yummy and tasty!


Karen May 28, 2020 at 11:02 am

I have never cooked with bison. This is a definite must try. P.S. I have the same IP.


Dorothy Reinhold May 28, 2020 at 1:55 pm

I guess we prolly got our IPs at around the same time. There are so many models out there. In general, I am a fan of the simpler, the better.


susan | the wimpy vegetarian May 28, 2020 at 7:43 am

I was able to find bison meat when we lived in the Bay Area, and need to see if I can get it in Reno! This looks fabulously hearty and delicious.


Dorothy Reinhold May 28, 2020 at 1:55 pm

Your carnivore will LOVE this!


Liz May 28, 2020 at 3:08 am

This is perfect for those days I haven’t planned anything for dinner! Most of these ingredients are in my kitchen and it’s such a speedy way to make chili!


Toni | Boulder Locavore November 1, 2018 at 4:29 pm

This will be a sure hit all fall long!


Mahy Elamin October 4, 2018 at 12:01 am

Wow, what an interesting soup. An interesting mix of ingredients. I would like to try it for dinner. THANK YOU!


Krista September 24, 2018 at 7:52 pm

I have to try this chili! It looks and sounds great!


Dee September 23, 2018 at 8:15 pm

This looks fantastic! I’m so excited for soup season!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert September 23, 2018 at 6:49 am

I love this! looks so good!


Catalina September 22, 2018 at 12:38 pm

I love for this kind of soup! Instant Pot makes it easier!


Michelle September 22, 2018 at 12:17 am

I love bison. It’s available in my local markets but is pretty expensive. I wait for the sales. But I love it for all the reasons you mentioned. It satisfies my red meat craving with less fat.


Dorothy Reinhold September 23, 2018 at 8:34 am

I did notice that it is more expensive than beef, in general, but you’re right. You can find sales, and stock up.


Chrissie Baker September 21, 2018 at 10:51 pm

I want to try this soup immediately! So, so goood! Very well! Looks tasty!


michele September 21, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Its so hard to find great recipes for Bison and we are big bison lovers! I have put the rest of the ingredients on the list so I can make this over the weekend… it sounds just heavenly!


Dan from Platter Talk September 20, 2018 at 5:21 pm

We actually have bison farms, here in Wisconsin, and yours is the first recipe I have seen that calls for bison meat! We are Instant Pot fanatics here (made a frozen pork shoulder tonight) and this versatile tortilla soup recipe is completely tempting my taste buds!


Dorothy Reinhold September 20, 2018 at 5:29 pm

Wonderful! I do hope you try it. I have been cooking with bison more. It is lean, and generally cleanly raised, and we love the flavor!


Sara September 20, 2018 at 5:01 pm

Oh man! I am so ready for soup weather and this looks great! Can’t wait to try it!


Dorothy Reinhold September 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm

And I cannot wait to see your brand new Instant Pot cookbook! I know I’m gonna like it. 🙂


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