Tasty Instant Pot® Chicken Fajita Soup

Instant Pot has been a top rated seller on Amazon for over a year now. I love my instant pot and all the different meals I am able to create for my family in half the time.

Do you own an Instant Pot? I have the Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use for our family of 5. I want to share one of our families favorite as the weather here in SC has started to become a lot chiller out.

The Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup is very easy to put together and is packed full of delicious flavors. A warm bowl of fajita soup can be enjoyed plain, with a yummy garnish or even add some scoops. Your family will definitely ask for seconds.

Chicken Fajita Soup

Prep time: 15 minutes
Active cook time: 15 minutes (+ time to come to pressure and 10 min. natural release)
Serves: 4-6


  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium Poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 14-oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, with liquid
  • 3 c. chicken broth, preferably organic
  • 2 t. ground cumin
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 2 t. Mexican oregano, dried
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 T. fresh lime juic


  • 2 large avocados, sliced
  • 3 T. red onion, chopped
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Add olive oil to Instant Pot® and select the Sauté function. Set to high and once the display reads “hot,” add red onion, bell peppers, and Poblano pepper. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and cook, stirring continually, until the onion and peppers are crisp-tender and develop a bit of color, approximately 4-5 minutes. Switch unit to “off” and transfer veggies to a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and black pepper, to taste. Place chicken in Instant Pot®, along with tomatoes, chicken broth, cumin, chili powder, Mexican oregano, and garlic powder. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the lid and set the pressure valve to “sealing.” Select the “Manual” cooking option on the high setting and set cook time to 10 minutes. When done cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then do a quick release for any remaining pressure.
  4. Remove lid and shred chicken breasts with two forks. Add sautéed veggies, black beans and lime juice. Stir to combine and taste. Adjust seasonings as desired.
  5. Allow soup to sit on “Warm” setting for several minutes until the veggies and beans are heated through. Serve immediately topped with sliced avocados, red onion, Mexican cheese, and fresh cilantro, if desired. Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite soup recipe that your family loves to enjoy? We would love to hear all about it.


10 Best Instant Pot Cheesecake Recipes

Did you ever realize every Instant Pot cheesecake recipe was different? Not only do the ingredients vary, but the cooking times seem to change with every recipe I read too. Some say thirty minutes, others call for forty, or fifty even. Throughout all of my research, there was one thing that really stood out to me: the more ingredients your cheesecake recipe calls for, the longer your cheesecake is going to take to cook in your Instant Pot! What should you do? If you are looking for a fast cheesecake, stick with the traditional New York Cheesecake, if you don’t mind waiting a few extra minutes, go all in with one of these!

instant pot strawberry pie

Photo Credit: “Instant Pot

Calling all strawberry lovers! I don’t know many people who can resist a great strawberry cheesecake. What I love most about this recipe from Recipe This is the strawberry isn’t just a garnish on the top, it is found in the batter AND as a topping! Yes! We get bonus strawberries Y’all! The result is a strawberry cheesecake that reminds you of your favorite strawberry ice cream, mixed with a little cheesecake, and a pop of crunch from the crust. If there ever was such a thing as the “blissful” cheesecake, this one is it — hands down! Don’t wait for the weekend, go grab the recipe—–>HERE.

instant pot oreo cheesecake

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I know! Chocolate! I had to! No go-to cheesecake recipe list would be complete without a great chocolate cheesecake. Believe it or not, I didn’t have my first chocolate cheesecake until I was an adult. I’m not sure why it wasn’t a thing in my house, but for some reason, the world kept it a secret from me. I still remember the first time I tried a chocolate cheesecake. I was at an anniversary party and the waiter asked what type of cheesecake I wanted. I was so confused. “You mean, there are several types of those?” I ended up with a little sampler platter of everything and I have never looked at cheesecake the same way again! Live a little ladies! Find this Instant Pot Oreo Cheesecake Recipe at Recipe This—–>HERE.

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Photo Credit: “Easy New York Instant Pot Cheesecake #17” by Amy + Jacky

There’s something to be said about an ol’ reliable recipe: don’t change it! When it comes to ol’ reliable Instant Pot recipes, Amy + Jacky lead the way! On their site, they can teach you how to prepare almost anything in your Instant Pot + give you tips on how to do it the most effective way possible! They even have tips for perfecting this New York Instant Pot Cheesecake! Look for recipe tutorials and find out the perfect cooking time for this cheesecake —–>HERE.

10 Instant Pot Cheesecake Recipes

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Click on the links below and be sure to leave a comment letting my friends know you found them at Southern Carolina Family.

  1. Instant Pot New York Cheesecake Recipe by Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog
  2. Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake by A Mom’s Impression
  3. Classic Instant Pot Cheesecake Recipe by How Was Your Day
  4. Instant Pot White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Minis by Recipe This
  5. Irresistible Instant Pot Dulce de Leche Cheesecake by Loving Sweet Moments
  6. Instant Pot Salted Caramel Cheesecake by Slap Dash Mom
  7. Instant Pot Easy Oreo Cheesecake Recipe by Recipe This
  8. Instant Pot New York Cheesecake #17 by Amy + Jacky Pressure Cooking Recipes
  9. Low Carb / Sugar-free Crustless Cheesecake (in the pressure cooker!) by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Which Instant Pot Cheesecake recipe would you like to try first?

11 Awesome Instant Pot Recipes

11 Instant Pot Recipes

The Instant Pot is one of the greatest kitchen tools that I have ever encountered! Making dinner has never been easier or faster than it is in an Instant Pot!  If you have recently picked up an Instant Pot, you might be wondering what you can make in it. Let me tell you, the possibilities are endless! But, to give you a starting place, I have gathered 11 Awesome Instant Pot recipes to share with you. From Crustless Veggie Quiche to a decadent White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, there is something for everyone on this list! I can’t wait to hear what your favorite is!

  1. Tomato Soup
  2. Beef and Butternut Squash Stew
  3. Copycat Wendy’s Chili
  4. Creamy Chickpea Tomato Soup
  5. Indian Butter Chicken
  6. Crustless Veggie Quiche
  7. BBQ Ribs
  8. Homemade Vanilla Extract
  9. Instant Pot Yogurt
  10. Mini Cheesecakes
  11. White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

I can’t wait to try the Indian Butter Chicken in my instant pot. Which instant pot recipe would you like to try first?

20 Stunning Instant Pot Dessert Recipes

I know! I know! Here I am telling you about desserts to make in your Instant Pot and I am showing you a dessert with the words “slow cooker” in the title! That’s okay because your Instant Pot is a slow cooker too! Just use the slow cook setting on your Instant Pot after you saute’ the apples for this flavorful pudding cake. After topping it with ice cream this fall favorite will quickly become you favorite dessert anytime of year!

Photo Credit: “Decadent Instant Pot Passion Fruit Pie” by Loving Sweet Moments

Three words. Passion. Fruit. Pie! Does that not sound as amazing as it looks? Loving Sweet Moments tells us that you can easily find passion fruit pulp in the freezer department of your favorite grocery store. Not only is it the highlight of this pie, but you can also use the pulp in your favorite smoothie, cookie, or cake! Grab the recipe for this stunning dessert—–>HERE.

Photo Credit: “by Recipe This

Cakes with sweet and creamy centers are so trendy right now. I ‘m seeing them everywhere and I love the effect of taking that first bite and the center flowing out onto your plate. It’s a surprise even if you know it is going to happen. Since I’m seeing a lot of chocolate versions lately, I was delighted to learn Recipe This had a toffee pudding for those who don’t enjoy chocolate as much as the rest of the world. Hop over to see how to steam this delicious cake—–>HERE.

Photo Credit: “Slow Cooker Apple Pudding Cake” by Sweet & Savory Meals

20 Stunning Instant Pot Dessert Recipes

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Click on the links below to see these sunning sweets for yourself! Make sure you leave my friends a comment letting them know you found their beautiful desserts being featured at Life of a Southern Mom!

  1. Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe by April Golightlyban
  2. Apple Pudding Cake by Sweet & Savory Meals
  3. Tie Dye Cake In The Instant Pot by Recipe This
  4. Instant Pot Homemade Strawberry Cake by Recipe This
  5. Low Carb Chocolate Mousse (Instant Pot) by Life Cookbook
  6. Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake by A Mom’s Impression
  7. Instant Pot Oatmeal Apple Crisp by Slap Dash Mom
  8. Delicious Instant Pot Coffee Cake by Awe Filled Homemaker
  9. Instant Pot Baked Apples Recipe by Real Advice Gal
  10. ecadent Instant Pot Passion Fruit Pie by Loving Sweet Moments
  11. The Best Ever Instant Pot Key Lime Pie by Loving Sweet Moments
  12. Instant Pot New York Cheesecake Recipe by Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog
  13. Instant Pot White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Minis by Recipe This
  14. Instant Pot Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing by A Mom’s Impression
  15. Instant Pot Dulce de Leche Lava Cake (3 Ingredients) by Loving Sweet Moments
  16. Pressure Cooker Yogurt: How to Make Instant Pot Yogurt by A Mom’s Impression
  17. Low Carb / Sugar free Crustless Cheesecake by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

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Quick and Easy Peach Cobbler In The Instant Pot

If you are on the hunt for a quick and easy peach cobbler in the instant pot, you have found the perfect recipe! The flavors of this recipe are on point and with the help of the Instant Pot Duo Mini, I can cook this in no time.

peach cobbler in the instant pot

I got the Instant Pot Mini and it is a perfect size. You can buy the Instant Pot in three different sizes, and I have the smallest of the three. It is a 7-in-1 multi-use programmable pressure cooker, that is user-friendly. You can use as a pressure cooker, make rice, use as a slow cooker, saute and sear, steam, and use as a warmer. It also offers 11 Smart Built-In Programs – Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chilli, Slow Cook, Sauté/Searing, Rice, Porridge, Steam, Yogurt, Keeps Warm, and Pressure Cook.  

The Instant Pot Is the Top Gift This Holiday Season 

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is probably the top holiday gift on pretty much everyone’s wish list this year. It is the perfect kitchen gadget to allow you to use one appliance in multiple ways and reduce the cook time on meals and side dishes! I have used this so much already and really find it is easy to use and works great. I love how you can go from making a dessert like this peach cobbler to making a rice to serve up with dinner. I love how it is so versatile.

It takes up minimal kitchen counter space, which is nice because I don’t have a ton of room. It seems like the perfect size for our family. I do recommend if you are wanting to cook larger meals to buy a bigger size, mine is 3 quart and I think a larger one would be a better fit for a larger family.

Instant pot peach cobbler

I made this Peach Cobbler in the Instant Pot in ten minutes. It had a quick cook time and then you allow it to release pressure for ten minutes and then you can serve up this warm and creamy cobbler. It is very versatile and you can switch up any filling if you prefer mixed berries, apples, or any other fruit.

Peach Cobbler Instant Pot Recipe


  • 1 Yellow Cake Mix 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick of butter 
  • 2 Cans of Peach Pie Filling 

How to Make: 

  1. Pour the pie filling into the bottom of the Instant Pot Bowl.
  2. Then melt your stick of butter and then mix it with your cake mix and cinnamon. It will create a crumbly texture. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the peaches.
  3. Set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure and cook for 10 minutes. Slow release for 10 minutes and then remove the lid. Serve up with a scoop of ice cream.

That is all it takes to make this, quick and easy like I said above! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you might want to get one soon! They are so handy and really making cooking so much easier.



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3 Easy Lunch Ideas to Try in Your Instant Pot

If you are looking for a way to use your instant pot and create a lunch that is filling and will last you until dinner then here are a few options. These lunches pack a punch, but are also easy to make and easy to store if there are leftovers.

Mornings can be busy and can mean that breakfast becomes a quick bite on the go. Dinners can be equally as chaotic with evening schedules and to-do lists. This makes lunch one of the only meals that you can actually enjoy. If you are looking for a way to use your instant pot and create a lunch that is filling and will last you until dinner then here are a few options. These lunches pack a punch but are also easy to make and easy to store if there are leftovers.

Shredded Meat Taco

A quick and easy instant pot recipe for lunch is shredded meat tacos. You simply place the chicken, pork, or beef into your instant pot along with any seasonings or veggies. Consider using turkey or chicken to make it a healthier choice. Cook your meat on the meat setting and then shred the meat with a fork. Mix in any taco sauce or other sauces that you may like and warm your soft flour tortillas or regular taco shells. Fill your tacos with the meat mixture and enjoy. These can be made ahead of time as well, add some Spanish-style rice, beans or guacamole and have a quick ready-made lunch on the go.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

A simple meal that can really fill you up is a soup and sandwich or salad combo. One of the base soups for this type of combo is something you can make easily in your instant pot and have leftovers for later or freeze it for another meal. Broccoli and cheese soup can be made in less than an hour and use fresh superfood ingredients. Cut up a head of broccoli and mix with garlic, carrots, and onion. Add chicken stock, butter, cheddar, and heavy cream. Cook on the soup timer and enjoy.

French Dips

Instant pot french dips are a great way to use the meat setting on your instant pot and get used to how it handles your meat based meals. Use a chuck roast meat along with beef broth and seasonings. Cook the meat until tender and dice it or shred it. Place on the hoagie buns and make your dipping sauce. It is quick, easy, and it lets you have sandwich meat for several meals. This is ideal for make-ahead lunches that can pair with soups or salads. When you make your own French dip, it is a lot healthier than you might imagine, especially if you put it on a whole wheat bun.

You can take these ideas and work with them to reach the best options for you and your schedule. This will also give you an idea of how to use different settings on the instant pot to create even more meals.

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If you are looking for a way to use your instant pot and create a lunch that is filling and will last you until dinner then here are a few options. These lunches pack a punch, but are also easy to make and easy to store if there are leftovers.

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