Slow Cooker 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 :)

    Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Easy slow cooker chicken tortilla soup to warm you right up!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 4 hrs
    Total Time: 4 hrs 10 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 8 -10
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    • 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
    • 1/2 tsp chili powder
    • 2 tsp ground cumin
    • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • Monterey jack cheese, shredded
    • Tortilla strips


    • In the insert of your crockpot, add all ingredients except cheese & tortilla strips. Stir around in crockpot to make sure seasonings are well mixed.
    • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
    • 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.
    • Place back in the slow cooker, stir around to distribute evenly.
    • Serve hot topped with cheese and tortilla strips.


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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    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 :)

    • Beth Alvarado says:

      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

      • Julie says:

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

  • Angela @ AnotherBitePlease says:

    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!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

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

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

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

  • dessertfortwo says:

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

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

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

  • kelley {mountain mama cooks} says:

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

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

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

  • Tracey says:

    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!

  • Samantha says:

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

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

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

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    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! =)

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

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

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says:

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

  • Nikki @Pennies on a Platter says:

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

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs says:

    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.

  • Carla @ Carla's Confections says:

    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

  • Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie says:

    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!

  • Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

    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 :(

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition says:

    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!

  • Jackie @ The Beeroness says:

    That looks so great. Totally pinning right now.

  • jessica says:

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

  • Tina | My Life as a Mrs says:

    yes. yes. and YES. :)

  • Jess Gonzalez | Feast With Me says:

    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 ;)

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    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!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

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

  • Jen @ Savory Simple says:

    I wish I had this now, it looks perfect!

  • Megan @ Country Cleaver says:

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

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

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

  • Kathryn says:

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

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    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. :)

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    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!

  • Ana Godlewski says:

    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 :)

    • Julie says:

      Awesome! So glad you guys enjoyed it :)

  • 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!

  • carrian says:

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

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health says:

    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!

  • Cathy @ Noble Pig says:

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

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    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!

  • Sandy @ RE says:

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

  • Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

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

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking says:

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

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

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

  • DrKoob says:

    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.

  • Kim says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

      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!

  • Anna says:

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

  • Beth says:

    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?


    • Julie says:

      I put the chicken in raw & thawed.

  • Amber says:

    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!

  • Bree says:

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

    • Julie says:

      The green pepper is a green bell pepper.

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