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{Crockpot} Chicken Tortilla Soup

Anyone tired of turkey yet? If you are, then perfect – this soup is just for you! Or, if you’re wanting to use up your turkey, you can certainly throw your leftovers in this pot of soup. It’d be delicious either way!

I love having soup when it’s cold outside. The warmth of the soup just makes me feel all cozy and reminds me of sitting in front of the fireplace watching tv. We have a gas fireplace in our house but it’s in the basement den area so it isn’t utilized nearly enough because there’s nothing down there! I wish it were in our actual living room because that’s where we are 90% of the time. The den doesn’t have anything in it right now except a bunch of boxes and random furniture. We’ll eventually convert it to {hopefully} my photography studio & prop storage area, but that won’t be for a while, I’m sure :)

I actually made this soup the day after Hurricane Sandy (yes, I realize Sandy was a month ago – but I do schedule all my posts almost a month out!) and we had a couple friends over to come enjoy this comforting soup with us. At first, I was nervous about this soup because I didn’t realize that it was more of a liquid-base soup. I was thinking the thicker chicken tortilla soups that are more cream-based that you get at Panera or something. This is much healthier and SO flavorful. We only had about a small tupperware left of it after our friends left. I believe we each had two bowls of it!

You definitely need to top this with tortilla strips (if you can’t find them, they’re typically in the crouton aisle) because the saltiness and corn flavor of the strips really bring out the Mexican-chicken flavor even more. I must say, the tortilla strips were really hard to not eat while waiting for the soup to finish :)

{Crockpot} Chicken Tortilla Soup
Recipe type: Main Entree, Chicken, Soup, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8-10
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 15 oz. can of sweet whole corn kernels, drained
  • 1 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, de-seeded, de-veined, and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • Tortilla strips
  1. In the insert of your crockpot, add all ingredients except cheese & tortilla strips. Stir around in crockpot to make sure seasonings are well mixed.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  3. Prior to serving, remove chicken breasts with tongs and put into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, on low speed, shred the chicken.
  4. Place back in the slow cooker, stir around to distribute evenly.
  5. Serve hot topped with cheese and tortilla strips.
Source: slightly adapted from Baked by Rachel



  1. 11/27/2012 at 7:14 am

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It’s been one of our favorites too! And I totally agree about the tortilla strips. A few for me, a few for the soup lol. Let’s make a pact to use our fire places more this winter :)

    • 11/12/2013 at 4:13 pm

      I loved this recipe!! I made just one change, I added a couple of skinless thigh pieces of chicken to make it a little more juicy! It was great! Thanks for sharing this recipe!! :D

      • 11/13/2013 at 1:30 pm

        Yum! I love chicken thighs :) so glad you enjoyed this!

  2. 11/27/2012 at 7:46 am

    I love the color the tortilla strips bring to this soup…chicken tortilla I think has to be my favorite soup…but you could post a soup next week and that one maybe my favorite…I just love soups this time of year!

  3. 11/27/2012 at 8:10 am

    I love it! MMmm one of my husband’s favorites!

  4. 11/27/2012 at 8:18 am

    STOUP!!! I love this! Why didn’t you invite me over when you were serving it, missy?

  5. 11/27/2012 at 8:18 am

    You just took my favorite soup and made it crockpot style! You’re my hero :)

  6. 11/27/2012 at 8:40 am

    Yum! And I can even make it with leftover turkey :)

  7. 11/27/2012 at 9:21 am

    You can never have enough slow cooker recipes! And I’m SO sick of turkey :)

  8. 11/27/2012 at 9:30 am

    I looove chicken tortilla soup…so much easier in a crockpot..what a great idea

  9. 11/27/2012 at 9:40 am

    Mmm, you’ve gotta love a slow cooker soup in the winter. So easy and comforting! I so wish our house had a fireplace to sit in front of while enjoying this!

  10. 11/27/2012 at 9:54 am

    Loving that you used colored tortilla chips. Makes for a better photo!

  11. 11/27/2012 at 9:57 am

    I need to figure out a way for my head to appear riiiiight in that.

  12. 11/27/2012 at 9:58 am

    Looks delicious! We have a fireplace in the living room + we use that mofo like nobody’s business – it’s one of my favorite parts of the house! you gotta get down in the basement den + enjoy yours more! =)

  13. 11/27/2012 at 10:00 am

    I love tortilla soup – one of my favorites for this time of year. This sounds perfect!

  14. 11/27/2012 at 10:05 am

    This is my favorite soup. I have never done it in the slow cooker though, looks wonderful!

  15. 11/27/2012 at 10:31 am

    I’m also one who eats up the tortilla strips while waiting for the soup to cook. :) Yours looks fabulous!

  16. 11/27/2012 at 12:26 pm

    I’m totally in love with this, especially during these cold days. Definitely gonna try this! I love your idea of transforming the basement into a studio. I’m sure it will be a lovely one.

  17. 11/27/2012 at 12:36 pm

    This does look so hearty and super yummy! I wish I had all these ingredients on hand! I would definitely make it with all the leftover turkey I still have! Maybe a trip to the store is in the cards tonight :) Looks perfect! I wish I was going to Mixed and seeing you this weekend!!! Xoxo

  18. I love love love chicken tortilla soup! It’s one of my favs :) Yours looks beautiful! And making it in the crock pot is the only way to go!

    PS – I would be totally jealous of your future photography studio/prop storage room (you can be jealous of something that doesn’t exist yet, right?). It just sounds really amazing!

  19. 11/27/2012 at 1:04 pm

    I have to admit, I’ve never had Chicken Tortilla soup, I’ve seen loads of recipes and it looks delicious, but I think you’ve finally persuaded me to go and make some, it’s freezing cold here and I could just do with some warming soup. Love the coloured tortilla strips, we can’t get them here though :(

  20. 11/27/2012 at 1:07 pm

    I am always weary of brothy tortilla soups, because they tend to be just broth with a couple of rubbery chunks of chicken and soggy tortillas floating in it… However, this looks super hearty! Yum!

  21. 11/27/2012 at 1:25 pm

    That looks so great. Totally pinning right now.

  22. 11/27/2012 at 3:10 pm

    Oh yes! I love chicken tortilla soup! It’s like a giant bowl of comfort!

  23. 11/27/2012 at 4:36 pm

    yes. yes. and YES. :)

  24. 11/27/2012 at 8:50 pm

    So I saw this on Facebook and knew I had to check it out. I am so done with turkey you have no idea – and this would be lovely with all this snowy freezing cold weather. And in the crock pot?? I think I may be in love…

    with the soup I mean ;)

  25. 11/27/2012 at 9:02 pm

    This is one of my favorites! And I love (!) the simplicity of making it in the crockpot. PS: I wish I was organized (and efficient) enough to plan a month out. I am crazy impressed!

  26. 11/27/2012 at 9:20 pm

    This is one of my favorite soups and those tortilla strips are a must!

  27. 11/27/2012 at 9:52 pm

    I wish I had this now, it looks perfect!

  28. 11/27/2012 at 10:05 pm

    Ohhhhh I LOVE soup season!!! This looks fantastic – as per usual.

  29. 11/28/2012 at 12:32 am

    Chicken tortilla soup is one of my favorite meals ever! I haven’t tried it in a crock pot though. Looks so yummy!

  30. 11/28/2012 at 6:57 am

    Completely in love with the idea of this soup – love all those flavours!

  31. 11/28/2012 at 9:06 am

    miss julie – how did you know i’ve been searching for a recipe to make in my new crockpot? i think i love you. chicken tortilla (along with tomato and MD crab soup) is my favorite soup ever. :)

  32. 11/28/2012 at 9:57 am

    Ha! I shoot in my living room too! I definitely need a prop area as well. This whole running back and forth to the kitchen gets a little old. Love the soup. Favorite of all time!

  33. Ana Godlewski
    11/28/2012 at 10:38 am

    This was delicious! Fred and I are sick and craving soup and this was perfect and extremely filling. I did add 2 Serrano peppers and it gave it just the right amount of kick so we could enjoy it with our dulled taste buds :)

    • 11/28/2012 at 11:09 am

      Awesome! So glad you guys enjoyed it :)

  34. 11/28/2012 at 1:15 pm

    Ha, tired of turkey. That will never happen to me! That is why I will be making this with my leftover turkey, lol. I love tortilla soup, especially the crunchy bits, my favorite part!

  35. 11/28/2012 at 1:33 pm

    I love it!!! That is exactly what my sick body needs.

  36. 11/28/2012 at 1:37 pm

    Soup in this weather is the way to my heart. Love how i can let it simmer while I can watch tv or do something else and its one pot dish- winner!!! and about the tortilla strips- there is no fun in eating chicken tortilla soup without them!

  37. 11/28/2012 at 7:47 pm

    Yo have no idea how happy this would make me if I was eating it tonight!!

  38. 11/28/2012 at 10:46 pm

    There’s just something about those tortilla strips, I can eat a gazillion and not feel bad about it… Ps. this soup looks super good Julie!

  39. 11/29/2012 at 4:10 pm

    Looks fabulous, friend. I just pinned … yummy for the holidays!

  40. 11/29/2012 at 6:32 pm

    Ok, I’m coming over for a bowl of this soup!

  41. 12/01/2012 at 12:58 pm

    Yummy! I could go for that soup any time of the day! Looks so comforting and delicious!

  42. 12/02/2012 at 12:36 pm

    Ooh, my husband loves chicken tortilla soup! This looks amazing!

  43. 12/03/2012 at 9:23 am

    Made this last night. Liked it but for us it was missing something. Had thought it might not be spicy enough for us so I added a poblano chile to the serrano. Still not as zippy as I expected. My bride suggested a garnish of cilantro. May try that the next time. Loved your idea (when I first read it) of using my mixer to shred the chicken but when it got time to do it, I decided I hated to drag the mixer out, get it dirty, clean it and put it away again so I just grabbed the breasts with tongs, and used two forks to shred it.

    I will try this again but maybe with cilantro and pepper jack cheese instead of just jack.

  44. Kim
    12/04/2012 at 11:13 am

    Just found your blog via this recipe on Pinterest. I’ve spent nearly an hour looking through your archives, so many things have my mouth watering!! I’ve sent some links to my husband and he wants them all made asap! Great site and your food photos look awesome. Can’t wait to see the future recipes!

    • 12/04/2012 at 11:32 am

      Lovely! Thanks for stopping by and I’m so glad you found a bunch of recipes :) Make sure you subscribe to emails or the RSS so you don’t miss anything! Thanks for the comment!

  45. Anna
    12/18/2012 at 11:35 am

    I’ve never considered using my mixer to shred cooked chicken! Genius!

  46. Beth
    12/28/2012 at 12:20 pm

    HI! I can’t wait to try this! I have a dumb question though….can you put the chicken in raw? If so, can it be frozen, or just thawed?


    • 12/28/2012 at 2:22 pm

      I put the chicken in raw & thawed.

  47. 01/04/2013 at 9:41 pm

    This recipe was absolutely delicious! My hubby and I had it tonight and the rest will be lunch for tomorrow :D This was incredibly tasty and easy to make. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

  48. Bree
    01/05/2013 at 9:38 pm

    It says the Serrano pepper and also 1 med green pepper…. Does anyone know what type of green peppers to use?

    • 01/05/2013 at 9:39 pm

      The green pepper is a green bell pepper.

  49. 01/06/2013 at 12:45 pm

    I have cooked Chicken Tortilla soup on the stove and use canned chicken to speed it up. However, I am trying this in the crock pot today! Thanks Julie


  50. Rachael
    01/06/2013 at 4:19 pm

    I made this soup for the first time today and we loved it!!! My husband and I love spice so we added a little bit more chili powder than called for. I am so impressed, we will be making another one of your recipes next weekend! Thanks!

  51. 01/13/2013 at 8:27 pm

    Made it today and it was very good, thank you! I added avocado to it. thanks!

  52. Kristina
    01/14/2013 at 2:23 pm

    This soup was my very first crockpot recipe….DELICIOUS :)
    Thanks for the recipe!

  53. victoria
    01/19/2013 at 12:36 pm

    this may be a weird question, but do you have to cook the chicken breast first or just throw it in raw?

  54. Ronda
    01/19/2013 at 8:54 pm

    I love this recipe. I make it in my new pressure cooker on high pressure for 45 min. Served with sour cream and Mexican cheese on top with sprinkles of tortilla strips.

  55. Denise Flores
    01/20/2013 at 3:34 pm

    Questions, can you make this ahead of time and put in the freezer? Im big on finding meals i can prepp and put in the freezer and use at a later time.

    Busy Mom from Mchenry.

    • 01/20/2013 at 9:56 pm

      Yes, you definitely can!

  56. Shannon
    01/26/2013 at 6:40 pm

    I loved this! So it would go buy faster I boiled the whole chicken or chicken breast and deboned it then put it the it all together on the stove top! Didnt take long at all to get everythinh else to cook It was amazing thank you for sharing

  57. Margaret
    02/06/2013 at 1:37 pm

    I made this on Monday. It’s delicious!

    A few comments-
    -I chopped everything up and got it ready to go on Sunday afternoon; then threw it all in the crockpot Monday morning. Soooo easy. I even got home late on Monday, and this had been in the crockpot for 10 hours, but it was perfect.
    -I shredded the chicken with a fork. Less to clean.
    -I did not drain the tomatoes because i love tomatoes; I used water instead of chicken broth, and I used a jalapeno instead of serrano. I stirred in a can of black beans at the end.

    I really enjoyed this. Great way to use the crockpot!!

  58. Celina
    02/15/2013 at 12:39 pm

    Oh my goodness! I made this last night for my family, and they loved it! I’m having a bowl right now for lunch, but it is amazing, and it’s something I will make forever!

  59. Erin
    03/04/2013 at 9:28 am

    Do you think it would be ok to use a can of Rotel instead of the can of diced tomatoes?

    • 03/04/2013 at 9:42 am

      Yes, that would be a tasty addition :)

  60. 04/17/2013 at 1:40 pm

    This is in the crockpot now and smells SO delicious! Thanks for a great new crockpot recipe to add to my monthly rotation!! :)

  61. 05/05/2013 at 1:15 am

    made this yesterday and loved it! always great to have other slow cooker recipers, they make my life so much easier. thanks!

  62. Elizabeth
    07/28/2013 at 12:28 pm

    Just made this and it was soooo yummy! Oh my goodness I don’t even like corn but I love it in this! Threw in some beans and at the end dissolved some tomato paste with some of the broth to make it a bit thicker and more tomato-y. I have never made anything from your site that I didn’t absolutely love! Thanks for posting!

  63. Gabrielle
    09/30/2013 at 6:28 pm

    I made this a few weeks ago and it was delicious! I just thawed and reheated the leftovers with some extra chicken broth and it was even tastier than I remembered. I figured I ought to come back and thank you for such a great recipe…so thanks! I cannot wait to try more of your Crock-Pot dishes.

    • 10/01/2013 at 8:53 am

      Thanks Gabrielle! I’ve got a few new crockpot recipes coming in the next few months so you should look out for them :) I’m so happy you enjoyed this soup!

  64. Kayla
    02/02/2014 at 4:25 pm

    I just realized I’ve never commented on this recipe before–shame on me! My husband and I LOVE this recipe and make it at least twice a month. It is seriously our favorite! We go without the serrano (I’m a baby and can barely handle mild salsa) but my husband usually adds green chilies to his to make up for it. Most recently I replaced a cup of the stock with one can of red enchilada sauce and it was delicious!

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It’s the perfect “I don’t want to think about dinner” recipe.

    • 02/03/2014 at 11:50 am

      So glad you and your husband make this so often, Kayla!

  65. Heather
    06/20/2014 at 4:32 pm

    This looks amazing! Question, if i wanted to use leftover shredded chicken would i just add it in the last hour and warm it up? I always have marinated chicken taco meat in the freezer and was curious when to add it.

    • Julie
      06/21/2014 at 9:07 am

      Hi Heather, yes you can absolutely do that! Add it in the last hour to heat it through. :)


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