Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

by | Jan 22, 2018 | All, Soups + Salads

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.

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Yield: 6-8

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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

Filled with tomatoes and cumin, the slow cooker does the heavy lifting in this easy soup recipe.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 323Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 822mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 41g

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37 Comments

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    I love slow cooker soups!!! This has my name all over it. So great seeing you both!

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      You, too, Liz! Such a great event!

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    We LOVE slow cooker soups!!! These are some of our favorite flavors! Great recipe 🙂

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      Nothing better than having dinner ready to go the moment you walk in the door!

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    I love using the slow cooker this time of year! It would be fantastic to have a pot of this ready at the end of the day!

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      I agree, Faith. Love simplifying life any way possible!

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    I don’t know what’s more amazing, your delicious looking slow cooker tortilla soup (one of my favorites!) or that pho broth in a French press video (are you kidding?)! Both are great ideas using my favorite spices from McCormick!

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    Lovely looking soup!

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      Thanks, Janelle. Lovely to meet you in person last week!

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      I lose count of the number of McCormick products in my pantry right now, Becky!

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    We love soup in our house. Especially a hearty flavorful one like this. YUMMY!

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      I love soup, and I love my slow cooker (and I love tortilla chips), so this is perfect for us, too. 😉

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      Easy AND tasty…right up my alley, Jeanette!

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    Chicken Tortilla Soup is my favorite, I can’t wait to try this. I am totally loving how easy this is to make in the slow cooker!

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      Gotta love slow cooker season!

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      Looks so good.going to try it this week.

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        I hope you enjoy it! Stop back and leave us your thoughts if you have time.

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    This tortilla soup looks SO delicious and jam packed full of yummy flavour! I love that you can use a slow cooker especially – this recipe is definitely the perfect excuse for me to get out and use my slow cooker. Thanks for sharing it!

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    Slow cooker soup is the bomb because soup rocks when it is just sitting in all the deliciousness and cooking for hours! LOVE anything Mexican girls, this Tortilla soup is right up my alley… and totally checking out that Pho! YUM!

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      Thanks, Krista! Great seeing you again!

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    I can’t wait to make this chicken tortilla soup for my husband and I for dinner this weekend, he is going to LOVE it! Thanks for an awesome recipe! 🙂

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      Hope he enjoys it as much as we do, Jenn!

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    I love this soup! Mexican is my favorite food group, and this looks great for a cold day. I love that you used the slow cooker as well!

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      Mexican food lovers unite! 🙂

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    Mmmmm I could live off of of chicken tortilla soup but in the slow cooker makes it even better! Loved meeting both of you last weekend. And hope to see you all again soon!!

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      It was wonderful to meet you, too!!

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      Me, too, Sara! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Loved meeting you and your momma, too! You guys could definitely be sisters!

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      Nothing beats a good slow cooker meal!

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      Hope they enjoy it, Lori!

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