Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken tortilla soup

Super easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup garnished with crispy tortilla strips and fresh sharp cheddar cheese.

Hey guys, guess what day it is? It’s day 4 of soup week!All week long I’ve been sharing some of my favorite soup recipes with all of you, starting with Loaded Baked Potato Soup on Monday, Broccoli Cheese Soup on Tuesday, and cheesy Lasagna Soup yesterday. Each of those recipes are some of my go-to choices, in fact, I’ve entertained with all of them, but none of them has been around longer in my stash of recipes than today’s recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup!

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 I’ve been making this recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup for the better part of the 10 years I’ve been married. What you see above is the little recipe card I had scribbled this recipe down on, likely sometime in late 2003 or early 2004. While I ditched my physical recipe box a few years ago, I scanned in every single recipe card that was in it, including this one. I continue to go back to this recipe because with the help of a slow cooker, it is so easy to make and so delicious! I think you’ll discover that it tastes even better than the chicken tortilla soup you’ve had in restaurants.

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If you can dump a few ingredients into a slow cooker, you can successfully make this soup! Now is probably a good time to mention that you do need a 6 quart or larger slow cooker to make the full recipe. If you have a smaller slow cooker, go ahead and cut the recipe in half, or just cook it on the stove top in a large stock pot.

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I like to garnish each bowl of soup with some crispy tortilla strips, a little cheese, and sometimes I’ll even add a dollop of sour cream. It is the perfect recipe for a cool fall or cold winter day, and one that the whole family will enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Prep Time: 10mn
Cook Time: 7hr
Total Time: 7hr 10mn


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 tortillas, cut 2 of them into thin (about 1/4 inch) strips, and tear the remaining 3 into large pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2- 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 14 ounces frozen corn
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Shredded cheddar cheese for garnish


  1. You will need a 6 quart or larger slow cooker. If you do not have a slow cooker big enough, reduce the recipe by half, or cook in a large stock pot on the stove.
  2. In a 6 quart slow cooker, combine diced onions, minced garlic, 2 cans diced tomatoes, 8 cups chicken stock, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, bay leaves, and 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (uncooked). Stir to combine.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, remove the bay leaves from the soup, take the chicken out of the slow cooker and use two forks to shred it. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker. Add in frozen corn, chopped fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, and the 3 tortillas that you tore into pieces. Cook for 30 minutes longer on low.
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a non-stick skillet. When the oil is hot, add in the tortillas that you cut into strips. When the tortilla strips are nice and crispy, remove them from the pan.
  6.  To serve, sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over each bowl of soup and top with crispy tortilla strips.

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  1. I have been looking for a good recipe. I can’t wait to make it!

  2. This looks so scrumptious. Thanks for anther great recipe.

  3. I love having great crockpot recipes on hand for busy weeknight dinners. This looks so good!

  4. Made this for dinner tonight and all I can say is wow, yummy!!! So great and full of flavor. I did actually add black beans, drained can of tomatoes with chiles, and served it over rice! It was super good!

  5. I’m obsessed with chicken tortilla soup but never made it at home. This must change soon! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Tracy Elizabeth Kait

    I made your recipe of this last week. It was amazingly delicious!!

  7. This original recipe years ago from my Mom, was called Taco soup!She is no longer here, but the recipe remains the same. I have changed the name to Tahoe Soup, since that is where I live. My Sister and brother in law came to visit a few years back, I made it for them, and my Brother in law called it Tahoe Soup!

  8. Flour or corn tortillas??

  9. Do you thaw the frozen corn before adding? I added frozen corn with frozen peas to pot pie soup I made a few years ago. 1 cup of each. They went to the bottom of my crock pot and the crockery liner cracked, spilling the liquid my counter. The crack was around the bottom where the side starts. The bottom was in several small pieces.

  10. Sara Harlene Craven

    Made this the other night, it’s really good. Now I have two recipes for it that we like…choices! :)

  11. Do you have to wait to add corn and other ingredients

  12. I made this soup for dinner Sunday night.
    Thanks for the great recipe! :-)

  13. What kind of tortillas Corn or flour ?

  14. Just wondering how many servings this makes? Thanks! (Can’t wait to make it!)

  15. Great recipes that I use regularly. My biggest challenge is recipes that will reheat well for a person that works third shift and has only a microwave and 30 to 45 minutes to heat up and eat. Any suggestions?

  16. Being from Mexico , and have had tortilla soup in all of our beautiful States in Mexico! Corn is never added in Tortilla soup! So it’s a spin off of the American version! Sounds good, but the corn tortillas is our version of corn !

  17. I just got this going in the croc pot, with 1 change; fresh tomatoes. I scaled them, and have around 30 oz. It smells good, and I can’t wait until it’s ready!!

  18. If I cook it on the stove, do I still follow the directions exactly? How long do I cook it?

  19. i made it on last saturday, every body loves it.

  20. If you like steak fajitas use steak and instead of chicken broth use beef broth

  21. This was great!!!

  22. can I use cooked chicken? I’m trying to use up some leftovers.

  23. How many servings does this make? I want to make it for a big crowd of hungry teenagers.

  24. Have been scouring the Internet for a great Tortilla Soup recipe, and now my search ends!!! Thanks for sharing going in the slowcooker now!!!

  25. Does this freeze well?

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