Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup


If you’ve been following I’m sure you know by now that I love a good slow cooker meal. Who doesn’t? Meals prepared in a slow cooker yield flavorful and tender results with such minimal effort. This soup is definitely proof of that.
If you don’t have a slow cooker you could also make this on the stove top. I’ve also prepared it on the stove top before and added grilled chicken to it. If you choose to prepare it on the stove top add cooked chicken and allow the soup an hour to simmer over low heat so all the flavors have some time to develop and meld together.
I love Mexican food. I could eat it everyday. It has such unique and exciting flavors. Addictive flavors if you ask me. I hope you enjoy another Slow Cooker Meal from Cooking Classy =).


Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yield: 5 servings


  • 20 oz boneless skinless , chicken breasts halves
  • 3 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 3/4 cup diced yellow onion (about 1 small)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Serve with:

  • diced fresh tomatoes
  • shredded Monterrey Jack or Cheddar Cheese (Mexican blend works too)
  • tortilla strips or tortilla chips , see recipe below for homemade baked tortilla strips
  • fresh guacamole or diced avocados
  • sour cream
  • hot sauce (optional)


  1. In a slow cooker, whisk together chicken broth, canned tomatoes, diced yellow onion, chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, coriander then season with salt and pepper to taste. Add raw chicken breasts, cover with lid and cook on low heat 7 - 8 hours.
  2. Remove chicken and shred. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker along with lime juice and fresh chopped cilantro and gently stir (if you wanted another filler you can add in some frozen corn or rinsed black beans). Serve warm with diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, tortilla strips, guacamole, sour cream, optional hot sauce and additional cilantro if desired.

Baked Tortilla Strips

6 corn tortillas
1 1/2 Tbsp canola, vegetable or olive oil or cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush or spray┬áboth sides of tortillas evenly with cooking spray. Align coated tortillas in an even stack, then cut in half down the middle, then dice halves into about 1/4″ strips. Arrange strips in a single layer (if they overlap a little that’s find just make sure they aren’t stacked on top of each other) on a Silpat lined baking sheet, season with salt to taste and bake in preheated oven, tossing once during baking, 13-15┬áminutes until golden. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

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  • Faith: This looks amazing! I will be bookmarking this one. :) September 25, 2012 at 9:41am Reply

  • Chef @ Home: What wonderful clicks !! I loved this tortilla soup.. this has prompted me to cook some chicken immediately..

    Please visit my blog Chet @ Home September 25, 2012 at 11:39am Reply

  • Didi Dalaba: This sounds absolutely divine!!! September 25, 2012 at 2:31pm Reply

  • Julia: This is a very elegant looking soup! September 25, 2012 at 5:07pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks Faith, Didi Dalaba and Julia! I hope you all have a chance to make it at least once this Fall! September 25, 2012 at 8:44pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: With the weather cooling down, a bowl of this soup is just what I need! September 27, 2012 at 1:17pm Reply

  • I Strongly Believe: We’ve been trying to use our slow cooker more and this recipe will have to be next. Looks delicious. Thanks! September 27, 2012 at 4:23pm Reply

  • Looks delicious! Wish I had a slow cooker! October 17, 2012 at 11:42am Reply

  • Chef Jeff: Wow, this dish looks amazing. Thank you for sharing. My mouth is watering and it’s 6:53am.

    Love your food site.

    Jeff October 22, 2012 at 5:54am Reply

  • Anonymous: I made this last night and it was fantastic! So easy and very healthy, too. October 23, 2012 at 10:33am Reply

  • Angela: This looks awesome! So much so, in fact, that I included one of your pictures in a post I write about my recipe for Pork Enchilada Soup. I gave you credit and linked the image back to this page. Thank you for sharing! Here’s the link – January 7, 2013 at 9:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the feature! January 7, 2013 at 10:17pm Reply

  • Karen: This was fantastic! So easy and so good! Made enough to freeze for easy lunches. Definitely a keeper! Thanks so much for such a wonderful recipe! January 14, 2013 at 5:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed it Karen, thanks so much for your comment! January 17, 2013 at 11:04am Reply

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  • Steph: Jaclyn,
    You should know that I found this recipe about 6 months ago thanks to a friend who posted a link to it on Facebook. I had never made chicken tortilla soup before, and it seemed like every time I tried it in a restaurant, it was too spicy, or it had veggies in it that I thought shouldn’t be there or it was too bland. I tried this recipe, and loved it, and I make it all the time now!! It is delicious, and when I make it, the smell of cumin fills my apartment and I am instantly transported to my late Grandmother’s kitchen.

    You should also know that I now search your site first whenever I am looking for a recipe of any kind. You are too awesome.

    Keep doing what you do :). April 24, 2013 at 10:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for your nice comment Steph!! I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed the recipes you’ve tried! I hope you continue to like the things you find here. May 7, 2013 at 9:07am Reply

  • Jenni: How do you do it? You make me dream about making all of this wonderful food… ;) This looks especially like something that I’ll be making SOON. December 4, 2013 at 8:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Jenni! December 5, 2013 at 4:09pm Reply

  • Vanessa: Your recipes never dissapoint! I have made so many recipes from your blog and each and everyone is so good! This soup was not only very easy, but healthy and delicious! I threw it all together last night before bed, woke up and shredded the hot chicken in my kitchen aid mixer, threw it in my lunch bag and was out the door!

    I LOVED IT!!! I literally read through so many recipes to make sure they will be good and with your recipes, I just make them! Thanks so much for being so awesome!!! I hope you Never Ever get rid of your blog! June 3, 2014 at 2:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That is so nice of you to say Vanessa! Hearing things like that is the best part of what I do, thanks again! June 19, 2014 at 11:19pm Reply

  • chell: its 6:27 am and this recipe has my tummy growling. ive got every ingredient on hand(just by chance).
    gonna toss this in the crockpot before we head out nephew’s sunday am baseball game. NO DOUBT this will be a fabulous no fuss early dinner when we get home!!
    cannot wait to eat this up!!! yummies
    thanks for sharing, review to follow :) September 14, 2014 at 5:30am Reply

  • Z: Loved this soup! And my kids loved it too, so even better! And it is versatile too. When my kids didn’t feel like soup, I took the meat and made it into quick quesadilla! Definitely a keeper! Thanks! October 23, 2014 at 9:08am Reply

  • Kara: Hi Jaclyn, I love your site! Everything I’ve tried has been delicious! I’d like to make this soup with some fresh corn added in. At what point would you recommend adding it? September 27, 2016 at 7:08am Reply

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