Feeding a crowd? Keep it easy – and flavorful – with our Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe.

Slow Cooker full of Chicken Tortilla Soup. Bowls of sour cream, avocado, jalapeno slices and tortilla strips for toppings. Don’t stress about the food the next time you have guests for dinner. This savory Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe almost makes itself and is loaded with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

Any recipe that is loaded with Mexican flavors – think chili powder, cumin, oregano and crushed red pepper – is always a crowd-pleaser around here. This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup earns double points because it has killer flavor AND is super simple to make. Literally. Throw the laundry list of ingredients in the slow cooker and let the machine work its magic. Your reward is a hearty soup that feeds an army with hardly any work on your part.

I love to serve this soup buffet-style with an array of toppings to suit every tasty bud. Lots of fresh cilantro, sour cream, creamy avocado and salty tortilla strips are a must, but shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes and jalapeno slices are tasty add-ins, too.

Feel free to dial the heat up or down in this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup by adding more or less jalapeno peppers and crushed red pepper, but take my advice and don’t skip the fresh lime juice. It instantly brightens the flavor of the soup and adds an irresistibly tasty tang to every bite.

Tip: Hosting a large group? Double the recipe and use two slow cookers. Or do one batch of this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup and add some variety with our Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili. Feeding just a few? Halve the recipe or freeze the leftovers. This recipe reheats beautifully, giving you two meals for the price of one!

Two bowls of Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup topped with fresh cilantro, jalapeno slices, sour cream, avocado and tortilla strips.

You can feed a crowd with any one of these tasty slow cooker soup recipes:

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup – Garnish with Lemon®

Slow Cooker Beef Noodle Soup – Taste and Tell

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham – Garnish with Lemon®

Crock Pot Potato Soup with Rosemary and Thyme – Barefeet in the Kitchen

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup – Garnish with Lemon®

Yield: 6-8

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (29-ounce) can tomato puree
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Optional: Tortilla chips, fresh cilantro, chopped, sour cream, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, diced avocado


  1. Place onion and next 11 ingredients (through crushed red pepper) in a large slow cooker. Gently stir to mix. Nestle chicken breasts in soup mixture and cover. Cook on low heat for 8 hours.
  2. Remove chicken breasts from slow cooker and shred with two forks. Return chicken to slow cooker. Stir in lime juice and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with tortilla chips, cilantro, sour cream, shredded cheese and avocado, if desired.
Collage picture of Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup with sour cream, avocado, jalapenos, cilantro and tortilla strip toppings