Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

The perfect chicken tortilla soup recipe. An easy and flavorful chicken soup made in the slow cooker, topped off with shredded cheese and seasoned tortilla strips.

The best slow cooker chicken tortilla soup! Recipe by @bakedbyrachel

Fall is an exciting time. For starters it’s my favorite season, not just for the juicy fresh locally grown apples and all of the amazing seasonal recipes but also for all of the changes. The leaves start to turn and the weather gets cooler. It means bundling up in cozy clothes, snuggling under a blanket and sipping on a hot drink.

Have you ever noticed all of the delightful smells that come with Fall? There’s a fresh crispness to the air. And let’s not forget it’s nearly fire season… the good and cozy kind.

But Fall brings many other kinds of changes. It kicks off the busy season. Class is back in session, for many…after school sports and activities are in full swing. Vacations and days of lounging around are but a memory now. And to make matters worse, the days are getting shorter. Less time and less light to get everything done.

The best slow cooker chicken tortilla soup! Recipe by @bakedbyrachel

To make life easier, it’s time to pull out the slow cooker. I happily use mine year round, but it’s especially handy and well loved in the busier and cooler months. From stews to chowders and soups, even to slow cooked meet, slow cookers are super handy to have. Toss your ingredients in before you head off to work, running errands or just hanging out at home. Hours later you’ll have a delicious meal with minimal effort. It’s an incredibly easy way to make a large batch of food to enjoy for dinner, a weeks worth of meals or to stock up your freezer!

The best slow cooker chicken tortilla soup! Recipe by @bakedbyrachel

I’ve been wanting to make a tortilla soup since last year, I just never got around to making it. I truly wish I hadn’t waited so long. It was incredible. Full of flavor, just the right ratio of liquid to solids and the perfect hint of spice. I honestly wanted to use homemade tortilla strips and I tried to make some but didn’t love the results so store bought strips won out. I love the handiness of this prepackaged item as you can snack on them and have them ready for whenever you heat up a bowl of this soup. No slaving over the stove to crisp up fresh tortilla strips, just open the bag and grab a bunch!

If you’re looking for other slow cooker ideas, be sure to check out this slow cooker roundup from last year and a few new recipes, like slow cooker mini meatball minestrone soup and slow cooker lobster chowder!

Homemade seasoned tortilla strips are a perfect addition to this recipe!

Yield: Serves 8-10

Cook Time: 4 hours

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

An easy and flavorful chicken soup made in the slow cooker, topped off with shredded cheese and seasoned tortilla strips.


  • 1lb chicken breast, trimmed
  • 15oz can sweet whole corn kernels, drained
  • 15oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 5C chicken stock
  • 3/4C onion, chopped
  • 3/4C green pepper, chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 tsp ground pepper, divided
  • Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Seasoned tortilla strips


  1. To your slow cooker add first 9 ingredients plus 1 tsp salt and 3/4 tsp ground pepper. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  3. Prior to serving, remove chicken breasts. Transfer chicken to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment for easy shredding. Alternately you may shred chicken by hand. Season chicken with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Return shredded seasoned chicken to slow cooker bowl. Stir gently.
  5. If serving immediately, divide among bowls. Top off with a generous helping of shredded cheese and seasoned tortilla strips. Soup may be stored in the fridge for up to several days. If freezing, label containers well with soup name and date.

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270 Responses to “Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup”

  1. #
    Nancy — February 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Best crock pot recipe ever! Have shared with many. Thanks!

    • Rachel — February 24th, 2015 @ 7:54 am

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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    Jill — March 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    This soup was so good! I made it last week and plan to make it this week for our company.

    • Rachel — March 10th, 2015 @ 7:18 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    Donna Ausmus — April 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I made this on Sunday for lunches this week at work! Great recipe I loved it!

    • Rachel — April 2nd, 2015 @ 7:23 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    Summer — May 13, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    This might seem like a silly comment, but I love how you put your website address on the rim of the bowl in your picture, pure genius! And, of course, the recipe looks delicious. ;)

    • Rachel — May 14th, 2015 @ 7:42 am

      Thanks so much Summer!

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    Jessica — July 7, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Does the chicken need to be cooked before putting in the crock pot? I’m new to this and don’t want to get my family sick . Thanks!

    • Rachel — July 8th, 2015 @ 7:54 am

      The chicken is placed in the slow cooker raw/uncooked but not frozen. Straight from the fridge will work fine. Enjoy!

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    Jennifer C. — August 22, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve been making this a couple of years since I found it on Pinterest and I LOVE this soup! It’s amazing just like the recipe but I love adding things in and substituting ingredients to fit my family’s tastes. My favorite thing to do is add a can of black beans and/or diced black olives, then about 5 minutes before serving I cut up a block of cream cheese and stir it a few times until it’s all melted. My kids like things very mild so I usually substitute the tomatoes and peppers for a can of mild rotel. I just love how endless the possibilities are when making it and it still turns out fantastic every time. This is our absolute favorite soup recipe! Thank you so much for posting it!

    • Rachel — August 23rd, 2015 @ 8:06 am

      So glad to hear you’ve enjoyed it so much! Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!

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    Ali — August 31, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Can I combine all ingredients and freeze before cooking? Want to make this for a friend but want her to make it when she wants it… Not because it’s going bad in her refrigerator… Thanks!

    • Rachel — August 31st, 2015 @ 12:46 pm

      I’d suggest cooking and freezing in smaller portions to thaw and eat as desired, vs freezing and then cooking. This way it’s ready to go and you don’t have to worry about chicken or vegetables getting freezer burn or any other issues.

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    Caroline — October 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    What size crock-pot did you use for this? Mine tends to be smaller than most recipes call for, I don’t want to overflow. Thanks!

    • Rachel — October 5th, 2015 @ 4:20 pm

      I use a 6 quart slow cooker. The smallest size I would recommend trying is 4 quarts and that may be tight, but should still work. Anything smaller and I’d recommend reducing the ingredient amounts to accommodate your size.

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    Carina — October 13, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Wondered if I could use ground chicken breast?

    • Rachel — October 13th, 2015 @ 7:10 pm

      You could certainly try it. If you do, definitely at least partially cook the meat before adding to the slow cooker. Good luck!

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    Jennifer Munro — December 8, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Amazing, yet SO SIMPLE! I made this in my crock pot while on hold with a phone call! I have 2 teenage boys and a husband that all LOVED this. I substituted the green peppers for chopped green chilies and added cumin and cilantro to the ‘first 9 ingredients’. I also used organic chicken thighs with very very little fat on them and it added some great flavor to the broth. I garnished with lime squeezed in the bowl as it is served (really adds a punch to the flavor)- do not add lime before you serve or it will get bitter in the soup as it cooks. My oldest son wants me to keep this recipe for him when he moves out so he can make it on his own. Huge compliment to say the least…..

    • Rachel — December 9th, 2015 @ 7:21 am

      I’m so glad to hear everyone enjoyed it so much, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Linda Peterson — February 8, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Recipe sounds delicious! I can’t eat corn. Can you suggest something to substitute?

    • Rachel — February 9th, 2016 @ 7:13 am

      You could easily substitute with beans or additional peppers. Enjoy!

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    Emily @ — March 7, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    This looks great and I love that there’s no ‘cream of’ soups involved. Pinned!

    • Rachel — March 7th, 2016 @ 6:11 pm

      Thanks Emily. I hope you enjoy it! :)

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