Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

12.02.2014

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup | Cooking Classy

There’s no question about it it is officially soup season and I couldn’t be happier about that! Soup recipes posted on my blog have been ranking in my top ten most viewed recipes for about the last 2 months nearly every day. I think that says something, we are all obsessed with soup right now. Yay, it’s not just me :)! And not only that but the slow cooker soups are my most popular. This soup is another one you are most definitely going to want to add to your dinner menu rotation. It’s unbelievably easy to prepare, we are talking 15 minutes prep (if that), and it’s incredibly delicious!

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I made this soup, multiplied by three, to serve to family I had staying last week over the holiday. It was the night before Thanksgiving and that morning I knew I needed something quick and easy to serve everyone because I was starting the Thanksgiving cooking that day. I’m happy to say everyone loved it, of course myself included!

This is an adaption of an old recipe I have posted on here, I just changed it up a bit and added more fillers. This is one incredibly hearty, feel good soup. If you opt to leave out the cheese, sour cream and chips you’d also have one amazingly healthy dinner (but doesn’t that just sound crazy to leave out all the good stuff?).

I’m pretty sure I will be making this soup at least once every other week during this cold season and I have the feeling you’ll want to too!
Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Yield: About 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth (4 1/2 cups)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic crusher
  • 2 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • For serving:
  • Tortilla strips or tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese
  • Diced avocado, diced roma tomatoes, sour cream (optional)

Directions

  • Pour chicken broth and diced tomatoes into a slow cooker. Add onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, coriander and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add chicken breasts then cover with lid and cook on LOW heat 6 hours, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove chicken and shred, then return to slow cooker along with black beans, corn, cilantro and lime juice, stir. Allow to cook until heated through.
  • Serve warm with tortilla strips and cheese and other optional ingredients.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/12/slow-cooker-chicken-tortilla-soup-2/

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup | Cooking Classy

105 comments

  • Tori@Gringalicious.com: OMG! This soup looks amazing. I’m so making it for my fam soon! December 2, 2014 at 5:16am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: You have SO many amazing soup recipes and that’s great that everyone wants them and they’re so popular for you – you make them all gorgeous, that’s why! Love the avocado in this! December 2, 2014 at 5:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie! December 2, 2014 at 4:58pm Reply

  • Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen: I’m not surprised your soups are so popular – they always look fantastic! Love that this one can be made in the slow cooker. Perfect! December 2, 2014 at 8:14am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Julie! December 2, 2014 at 4:57pm Reply

  • Leslie: I want to try this soup so bad! I tried it in a restaurant but I wasn’t happy, it was too salty. December 2, 2014 at 1:58pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): It’s rainy and I’d love a cozy bowl of soup – I love these flavors! December 2, 2014 at 3:02pm Reply

  • Stacey: This looks so good!! YUM. Can’t wait to try it! December 2, 2014 at 4:07pm Reply

  • Sarah @ Bonjoursucre: Yum! That looks so delicious and flavorsome! December 2, 2014 at 7:19pm Reply

  • ATasteOfMadness: I really need a slow cooker! This looks so good! December 3, 2014 at 5:32am Reply

  • Anne: This proves that I need to get myself a slowcooker! The soup looks amazing.

    Can I make this easily without a slowcooker, just keep it on low heat in a cast iron pot for 6 hours? December 3, 2014 at 5:45am Reply

    • Michelle: The way I make it is by just cooking the chicken in a separate pan and then shedding it. Then I put the onions and I also add a green bell pepper with a little oil to roast in a big pot. After that I add all the other ingredients. It’s always done within 15 minutes! I love this recipe!!! March 26, 2016 at 2:57pm Reply

  • Kathryn: I made this last night and it was delicious. Perfect for the rainy CA evening we had last night. Thanks again for sharing all your delicious recipes. :) December 3, 2014 at 10:37am Reply

  • Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel: time to pull out my slow cooker. what a fabulous soup with fresh flavours and beautiful colours! December 3, 2014 at 2:20pm Reply

  • Erica J: I just have to tell you that I love all your recipes. I honestly have lost count of how many of them I have made, from all categories. I can’t remember a single one that I didn’t enjoy. Thank you! Happy Holidays to you! December 3, 2014 at 9:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m seriously so happy to hear that Erica! Thanks so much for letting me know! And Happy Holidays to you!! December 4, 2014 at 10:27am Reply

  • Deborah: You always have the best soup recipes, and this one is no exception. It looks amazing!! December 9, 2014 at 11:06am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Deborah! December 9, 2014 at 2:58pm Reply

  • Sandra: Can I put the chicken in frozen? December 29, 2014 at 5:41am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t know how food safe it is but I do that with recipes on occasion, I think as long as you make sure the chicken is cooked through you should be okay. December 29, 2014 at 8:17pm Reply

  • Lacey: It was a good thing that my husband tried this soup before we served it to company! I followed all instructions and ingredients, and after 6-7 hours in the crock pot and then having a taste, it tasted extremely bland. We added a half pack of taco seasoning and a dash of the ingredient spices before guests arrived and it turned out good- our company really enjoyed it! Will make again but will either double the spices or add the taco seasoning earlier on. January 1, 2015 at 11:47am Reply

    • Nancy: Lacey…..I thought the exact same thing…Very, very bland. Before freezing the remainder we added at least a double amount of seasonings. That make it much better! September 1, 2015 at 12:32pm Reply

      • Kathleen Benson: I just made it and found the same thing…very bland. I am afraid my kids will not eat it. I will try adding more spices. February 7, 2016 at 7:58pm Reply

  • Nancy: this looks amazing! Making today. Does the corn need to be thawed before I add to the crockpot? Thanks Jaclyn! January 3, 2015 at 7:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: No just toss it in frozen. I hope you love it! January 3, 2015 at 1:05pm Reply

  • Tracey: Saw this recipe on facebook and we had been wanting to try tortilla soup. We made it the other day and it was amazing! Going to be a new favourite in our house! January 4, 2015 at 11:59am Reply

  • Christine: Just made the soup and it seems to be lacking flavor.. Any suggestions? January 4, 2015 at 3:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d just up the spices a bit, since you are the second one to mention it I upped them in the recipe by 1/3. You can add more cilantro, more lime, and possibly more salt if it was under seasoned. Hopefully something there helps! January 4, 2015 at 7:35pm Reply

      • Christine: I added some Cayenne and a bit more salt and pepper.. It was better maybe a can of diced green chilies next time… January 5, 2015 at 7:03am Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’ve also used the diced tomatoes with green chilis in this. January 5, 2015 at 10:14am Reply

  • Julie Balai: Any idea of the calorie count? January 6, 2015 at 9:20am Reply

  • monica mendoza: AMAZING!….made it to exact measurements…well except i decreased cumin by 1/2 tsp ( i don’t like cumin to overpower my food). my hubby gave it a 5 star… “its the best tortilla soup i’ve had”….this is a keeper! January 6, 2015 at 7:00pm Reply

  • Tomika: Cooking THIS Tomorrow DO I HAVE To US Frozen Corn Forgot To Get it January 9, 2015 at 7:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No you’d be just fine to leave it out, sometimes I make this without the black beans and corn. January 9, 2015 at 8:48pm Reply

  • Lisa: What can I substiute for corriander? I can’t find it in my area :( January 11, 2015 at 1:10am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You should be fine to omit it since it’s not a significant amount. Just be sure to serve it with cilantro though. January 15, 2015 at 9:13pm Reply

  • Megan: How long after stirring in the black beans, corn, etcetera do you serve the dish? The beans and corn don’t get cooked at all? January 12, 2015 at 9:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Just until they’re heated through which will probably only take about 1 – 2 minutes. January 13, 2015 at 10:03pm Reply

  • Madi: Is it possible to cook it on HIGH for a shorter amount of time? January 13, 2015 at 3:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that should be fine. January 13, 2015 at 9:33pm Reply

  • Sharon Hansen: I’ve heard for years how good tortilla soup is but this is the first recipe that I’ve seen that I wanted to make! I love the colors and the variety. I’ll be going to the store tomorrow to get what I don’t already have on hand. Yum! Can’t wait! Thanks for sharing. January 25, 2015 at 6:07pm Reply

  • Stacy: This recipe looks great. About how many chicken breasts did you use? Thanks! January 27, 2015 at 11:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I always just prefer to list the weight as they can vary so greatly in size, but 1 1/2 lbs is generally about 3 – 4 medium chicken breasts. January 29, 2015 at 9:21pm Reply

  • connie: Yummy January 28, 2015 at 7:24pm Reply

  • Maryellen: Hi, would you happen to know the approx serving size? January 28, 2015 at 8:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I didn’t measure, I always just go off an estimate according to what my family eats. January 28, 2015 at 10:36pm Reply

  • Karen: This chicken soup sounds like a winner and may compete with Max and Erma’s chicken tortilla soup! February 1, 2015 at 3:35pm Reply

  • Victoria: This looks like so delicious, but I am 9 weeks pregnant and very much in the throes of morning sickness. It looks like it would agree with me, but I’m nervous about cumin and coriander being too strong a flavor. Spicy is fine, but individual flavors can make me sick. Can you tell me if you can pick out those flavors when the soup is done? If they blend and mellow, I think it’s fine, I’m just nervous about being able to taste them too much! Should I just omit them? Any input or other suggestions would be much appreciated! February 2, 2015 at 11:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You can definitely just omit them if you are worried about it, it’s better to leave it out because once added you can’t go back. The cumin is pretty noticeable, not strong but you can taste it’s there. You could try adding a little to one serving near the end and if you don’t like it then don’t add it to the rest. Hope you like it though and good luck with pregnancy, I know just how you feel! Everything made me sick when I was pregnant the second time around. February 5, 2015 at 7:04pm Reply

  • Ciara: Can you add the chicken breast frozen or do they need to be thawed first? February 3, 2015 at 1:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I recommend thawing them first, although people do throw them in frozen all the time. I’m just not sure if it’s the safest health-wise. I really need to look into it more. February 5, 2015 at 6:10pm Reply

  • Sarah: Making this right now!! Can’t wait to taste it!! February 15, 2015 at 9:36am Reply

  • Sarah: We made this a few weeks ago and it was delish! I made it on a day we were all off, so the 6 hour cook time was fine.
    I want to make this on a work day… But it would be in the crockpot for 8-9 hours by the time we get home from school/work.
    Is that ok? Or will it screw up the recipe if it’s heated for that long? February 18, 2015 at 1:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It should be okay for 8 hours the chicken will just shred up more, if that makes sense. It doesn’t hold together as well by 8 as it does at 6. February 23, 2015 at 7:06pm Reply

    • Elaine: i put my crock pot on a timer when i’m gone for a long day – for six hours I would have it come on at noon, then off at six assuming I’m home close to 6pm… May 2, 2015 at 7:14am Reply

  • Linda: I made this wonderful recipe and we loved it. I topped the soup with sour cream, mozz. cheese and doritos nacho cheese chips. Absolutely the best chicken tortilla soup I’ve ever had.
    Thanks for the recipe. March 1, 2015 at 11:18am Reply

  • Shelby Hill: Can you not put all of the ingredients at one time, for the full six hours? Or does it ruin them?
    Thanks,
    Shelby. March 3, 2015 at 9:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend it because the beans will get mushy and so forth. April 4, 2015 at 3:41pm Reply

  • Whitney: Can I use a rotisserie chicken instead of raw chicken breast? If so how would you do it? March 7, 2015 at 11:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: If using a rotisserie chicken I would probably just make it on the stove top and let the veggies, spices, broth simmer 20 minutes then I’d add in the chicken and remainder at the end. Hope you love it! March 8, 2015 at 4:27pm Reply

  • Tiffany: Does anyone know if you drain the beans or add with juice in the can? March 15, 2015 at 4:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Drain them and rinse them off in a strainer/colander first. March 16, 2015 at 10:03am Reply

  • Judie: Always on the lookout for dairy free meals for our daughter who is lactose intolerant. This looks GOOD. Planning on trying it today. Thank you. April 24, 2015 at 7:12am Reply

  • Ashley: What size crock pot did you use? May 27, 2015 at 10:41am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I usually use a 5 or 6 quart crock pot. May 27, 2015 at 6:10pm Reply

  • Kate: Made this last night (yes, in the middle of summer) and it was AWESOME. Even my three-year old loved it! Thanks for a great recipe….keep ’em coming. July 8, 2015 at 8:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad your family liked this soup Kate! Thanks for your review! July 8, 2015 at 11:48pm Reply

  • Amber: This soup was absolutely delicious! && so easy!!!!! Is it possible to freeze my leftovers? I’d hate to waste any of this amazingness! Thanks in advance! August 11, 2015 at 10:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think it should freeze fine. I’m so glad you liked it! August 12, 2015 at 11:27am Reply

  • Margie: will try September 20, 2015 at 8:29pm Reply

  • Carolina: I just made this recipe and it is Delicioso!
    I added 2 ingredients for MY taste buds. 2 tsp of Chicken buillon and 4 Chipotle peppers. It’s sooooo good! My mother in law asked for more ;)
    Thank you September 22, 2015 at 5:44pm Reply

  • Amy Hines: I’m making this for the weekend. Thanks! October 8, 2015 at 9:00pm Reply

  • keary: I made this tonight and it was awesome! I made a couple of changes: reduced chicken broth to 2 cans, added 1 can of Rotel, and 1 can of red enchilada sauce. Some said it didn’t have enough flavor. Be sure to serve it with a little shredded cheese and sour cream to add to the flavor. October 15, 2015 at 6:35pm Reply

  • God Bless the Crockpot | My 3 Favorite Crockpot Recipes | Nomi Photography: […] SLOW COOKER CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP Now this recipe I base around Cooking Classy’s soup on her BLOG. I’ll make it exactly like she does & then add chopped up zucchini to give it more […] October 16, 2015 at 1:13pm Reply

  • Tonia: I just finished making this soup. I followed the recipe exactly! It is very bland and gross! Don’t waste your time! October 18, 2015 at 3:50pm Reply

  • LUCYG: This is very similar to how I make chicken tortilla soup on the stove top, only I add more veggies … diced zucchini, shredded cabbage, etc. I looooove it! I was wondering how to translate it to crockpot cooking, so thank you VERY much. For the people complaining it’s bland, I am bewildered. Taste the darn soup before you serve it, and if it’s too bland, add more seasonings. How hard is that? October 22, 2015 at 7:27pm Reply

  • Eric g: Made this for a family of 1st time chicken tortilla soupers…and fit was great! Damn it was perfect November 19, 2015 at 7:16pm Reply

  • eliane: Hi, I was wondering if I can add the beans and corn together with the chicken and let it cook for 6 hours?
    I want to get home and the soup is ready!
    Thanks! November 21, 2015 at 11:09am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t recommend it because they’ll soften to mush basically. November 21, 2015 at 4:44pm Reply

  • Natalie: This was delicious, in my opinion, it had plenty of flavor, it just needed some heat. I added some green chilies and you could add a pinch of cayenne to add some flavor and heat. I didn’t add cayenne because of my children, but I am going to next time! Will make again, thanks for the recipe! November 21, 2015 at 5:28pm Reply

  • Kelly S: This soup was amazing!! Thanks for posting, I am going to try more of your recipes. November 29, 2015 at 11:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Kelly! November 29, 2015 at 5:11pm Reply

  • Lindsey E: Just made this last night and OMG yum! I posted the photo on facebook and the requests for the recipe came pouring in from all my friends!!

    Any nutritional information?? I cant seem to locate it on this page. November 30, 2015 at 11:50am Reply

  • kelly: I’ve made this soup many times, and I add kidney beans and red, green and yellow bell peppers. It’s very hearty and my family loves it! December 3, 2015 at 4:37am Reply

  • Yolanda D.: This looks delicious! I don’t have a slow cooker, can you share the stove version? December 8, 2015 at 1:07pm Reply

  • kate: how many does this serve? December 19, 2015 at 5:58pm Reply

  • Sue K.: I made this tonite for dinner. Kicked it up a notch by adding some cayenne pepper. Cooked it stove top also. Added a good sized dollop of homemade quacamole on top. My new favoite soup!! January 3, 2016 at 3:41pm Reply

  • Andrea: I have made this soup several times now and it is delicious. I can’t understand how some people can say it is bland. So weird! Anyway, one thing I noticed is that my chicken breasts were a little dry after 6 hours. Also, I am always home when I make it. Do you have a recommendation of how long this will take to cook on high? I am always paranoid about undercooking chicken. January 10, 2016 at 9:17am Reply

    • Sabrina: I had it on high today in the crockpot for about 3 hrs u also stay home that’s why I had it on high January 17, 2016 at 7:19pm Reply

  • AM: I added some chicken bouillon as it was bland. I added about 1 teaspoon, but it is definitely up to your taste. January 10, 2016 at 10:54am Reply

  • De: This was unpalletable. Perhaps the chilli pepper is stronger here in AU but it overpowered everything else. What a waste January 14, 2016 at 10:54pm Reply

  • Sabrina: Omg!! This was so good I made it for the first time today and it was AWESOME!!! Thanks for the recipe! January 17, 2016 at 7:17pm Reply

  • Wanda: I’m salivating right now! This soup looks amazing….definitely making it this week!

    Thank you! January 18, 2016 at 10:48am Reply

  • Shane birkey: I’m wanting to make this tonight. Have you ever made it in a pressure cooker? January 25, 2016 at 9:53am Reply

  • Nikki: I’m making this right now and my picking eating 11 year old just said, “wow, that smells good!” Keeping my fingers crossed that he loves it…I know I will. February 3, 2016 at 4:41pm Reply

  • Heather: I LOVE this recipe. It’s so easy and really delicious. I didn’t even like Chicken Tortilla Soup until I tried this and now I make it on a regular basis. Thank you so much for sharing this! February 19, 2016 at 5:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed this recipe Heather! February 20, 2016 at 10:34pm Reply

  • Stacy: Do you have the nutritional info/calorie count for this recipe? February 23, 2016 at 7:41am Reply

  • Marie: Do you have to pound the chicken breast down before putting in the crackpot? March 6, 2016 at 2:44am Reply

  • Jodi Strunk: LOVE this soup. Thank you! I am cooking it again tonight, could I speed up the time on this? I was seeing if I could put it on high heat and cook for 4 hours instead of low heat to 6 hours. What do you think? Thank you again! March 31, 2016 at 4:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I think it could be done on high, maybe about 3 hours then I’d check it. April 1, 2016 at 10:09am Reply

  • Jodi: Your cans of chicken broth come out 3.5 cups not 4.5. So my ? Is there a mistake. April 13, 2016 at 1:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: There’s generally 1 3/4 cups chicken broth in one 14.5 oz can. So it’s maybe just a tbsp or two under the 4 1/2 cups. April 13, 2016 at 5:43pm Reply

  • Kat: I’ve made this soup half a dozen times already, my family including two preschoolers love it! Wonderful recipe. I make it without chips or cheese to keep it truly healthy. It’s so easy and very tasty. Thank you so much! May 19, 2016 at 10:26am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear your family likes it Kat! Thanks for your comment! May 19, 2016 at 11:20am Reply

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