Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup

An easy and flavorful recipe for cheesy slow cooker chicken fajita soup. A perfect meal for any day of the week!

Cheesy slow cooker chicken fajita soup recipe from @bakedbyrachel

There’s roughly 90 days until Spring! Hooray! Surely it’ll be warming up before Spring actually gets here. Or we can hope! Also… have you noticed that the days are already getting longer? That makes me happy. I’m not a fan of it being dark before 5pm. I’m sure that’s pretty common. We all enjoy longer days, that is, until Summer hits and we’re trying to get kids to go to sleep while it’s still light out! At least mine have never complained. By that time, they can stay up for a bit after bedtime anyway and not worry about getting up first thing in the morning for school! Bonus… that means I get to sleep in too! A win win all around. I’m not one to wish away days and rushing the seasons. We have limited time as it is, but I’m all for the longer days and sleeping in!

Every so often I go through my kids toys to weed out items they’re not playing with. I’ll bag them up and store them in the basement until it’s time to donate to a large charity yard sale in the Spring. Unfortunately, the kids almost always decide months later that they need or desperately want something in the bag. I cave and say just one item. It’ll inevitably end up back in the bag anyway! One one of those occasions I attempted to part with our Barbie’s. We managed to get rid of a bunch, including all of the torn clothes. I thought we were beyond the Barbie phase and suddenly my kids want to play with them again. Which leaves me now searching eBay for Barbie clothing lots, because we have none! The things we do as parents…

Cheesy slow cooker chicken fajita soup recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Cold weather calls for comfort food. Warm hearty food.

I’ve been on a big soup kick this winter, whipping up one after another. Making favorites over and over. It’s necessary to get through January… and February! So, expect more soup recipes before Winter is over!

This soup is not only hearty and comforting, it’s easy and packed full of flavor! Simple enough to whip up any night of the week and a perfect crowd pleasing addition to any game day spread!

Easy cheesy slow cooker chicken fajita soup, packed full of veggies and tender shredded chicken. Top your bowl off with seasoned tortilla strips, avocado and chives.

Be sure to add this to your weekly dinner plans!

Cheesy slow cooker chicken fajita soup recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup

An easy and flavorful recipe for cheesy slow cooker chicken fajita soup. A perfect meal for any day of the week!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time4 hours 45 minutes
Course: Soup
Servings: 8 plus


  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast
  • 15 oz corn drained
  • 15 oz black beans drained and rinsed well
  • 1 C yellow onion
  • 3/4 C green bell pepper
  • 3/4 C red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 3 1/2 C chicken broth
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese freshly shredded ** 
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 4 Tb all purpose flour *see notes


  • chives or green onions
  • avocado
  • tortilla strips
  • ground black pepper


  • To the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker add chicken, vegetables, spices and chicken broth. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Remove chicken and shred with forks, set aside. 
  • Grate an 8oz block of cheddar cheese, adding to the warm soup in batches. Stir to melt and combine. 
  • Whisk together flour and heavy cream until smooth and combined well. Stir into soup. Return shredded chicken to soup. Cover and cook for an additional 30-40 minutes. 
  • Serve warm with optional chives or green onions, avocado and tortilla strips. 


Recipe serves roughly 8-10.
*2Tb cornstarch may be substituted in place of flour for a gluten free option
**Do not use packaged shredded cheese as it does not melt as well. Freshly shred a block of cheese.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Cheesy slow cooker chicken fajita soup recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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35 Responses to “Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup”

  1. #
    April | Food n' Focus — January 30, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Wow! This sounds like a such a great weeknight meal!

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      Rachel — January 31, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Thanks April!

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    Rachael — January 30, 2017 at 11:04 am

    This sounds really yummy!

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      Rachel — January 31, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Thanks, Rachael!

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    Taylor Kiser — January 30, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I love that I can make this chicken fajita soup in the slow cooker! So much flavor and so easy to make! Win-win!

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      Rachel — January 31, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Thanks, Taylor! :)

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    Cynthia | What A Girl Eats — January 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    What a gorgeous looking soup! The fact that you can make it in the slow-cooker is even better!

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      Rachel — January 31, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Thanks, Cynthia!

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    Karly — January 31, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Cheesy soups are my winter savior. Seriously, the only thing better would be actually sinking into a large cheesy hot tub of delicious soup at the end of the day. Either way, I am alllll about this recipe. Saving this one for sure!

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      Rachel — February 1, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Thanks Karly!

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    Whitney Mullenax — April 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    This is in the crockpot right now. It will be hot here soon (and was in February!) so I’m taking advantage of good soup recipes. I’ll let you know how mine turns out :)

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      Rachel — April 9, 2017 at 7:54 am

      I hope you enjoyed it! :)

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    Whitney Mullenax — May 4, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Hi! As I’m sitting here going through my bookmarked recipes, I realize I never came back to let you know how the soup turned out! It was excellent and even better the next day. I actually wanted to make sure that we didn’t waste any so I have some in the freezer for later. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Rachel — May 5, 2017 at 7:20 am

      So glad to hear you enjoyed it, Whitney! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Pam — September 11, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Rachel,

    I got your website off of something Laurie from SimplyScratch posted. Don’t you just love her and her recipes? She made eating for me enjoyable again.

    Anyhoo’ this looks amazing and I want to put this soup and your lasagna soup on my dinner menu this weekend, but would like to know could I substitute heavy cream for something else? I can’t do much of dairy products high in fat.

    By reading some of your recipe’s I see you are a reader. Me too! Now that winter is rapidly approaching, all the more reason to hunker in w/a good book, soup and fire. You had mentioned you don’t like the book/ending to line up – me either – have you read Harlan Coben books? If not, truly a must for wonderful mystery twist page churner.

    Thanks for any suggestions on the heavy cream.

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      Rachel — September 13, 2017 at 7:07 am

      You could try a lower fat milk option but you won’t get the exact taste or texture when substituting. Another option to consider would be coconut milk. Again, you likely won’t have the exact flavor or texture, but in a pinch it could work well here. Good luck with the soup and thank you for your book suggestion! :)

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    Tammy — October 16, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    This sounds and looks delicious. Just wondering is this more of a thick soup since it only calls for 3 1/2 c of chicken broth? Could you add more broth without sacrificing the flavor or would you just add more spices? Thanks so much….really sounds delicious.

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      Rachel — October 17, 2017 at 6:56 am

      Including the cream, there is a total of 4 1/2 cups of liquid. You shouldn’t need to adjust the liquid at all but if you choose to, I would only add an additional half cup or so. Enjoy!

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    Deborah — December 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    This soup was absolutely delicious! Will make again!

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      Rachel — December 22, 2017 at 7:45 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Deborah!

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    Naomi — May 2, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    The recipe says it’s 8 to 10 servings. How much is in a serving?

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      Rachel — May 3, 2018 at 7:55 am

      I don’t have an exact measurement for you, because every portion will be different. This is why I offer a range in number of servings.

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    Deborah — November 14, 2018 at 9:19 am

    AMAZING! I’ve made this many times just for me, but now having a friend over & want to serve something with it. Too many carbs in soup for bread or bread sticks. Any ideas?

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      Rachel — November 18, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      It’s amazing on it’s own but would also be great with bread or even tortilla chips.

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    Gina marie — December 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Can this be frozen?

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      Rachel — December 10, 2018 at 6:59 am

      You should be okay to freeze it. Just keep in mind that the texture may change a bit with the extra cheese in the soup.

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    Lisa — October 3, 2020 at 7:49 am

    I made this soup yesterday. It smelled so good in the house my husband didn’t wait for the cheese and heavy cream to be added. Delicious without it! We just added a pinch of shredded cheese on top with diced avocado, sliced jalapeño, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and Fritos corn chips. Yum!

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      Rachel — October 9, 2020 at 5:42 am

      So glad you both enjoyed it!

  15. #
    Dena Ford — January 31, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Very good!

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      Rachel — February 5, 2021 at 10:04 am

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  16. #
    Sam — September 25, 2021 at 7:39 am

    I’m going to make this tomorrow except I’m going to chop the chicken, fry it with the peppers and onions in the pot; then add the seasonings and chicken broth when the chicken is browned on the outside. I’ll cook it on the stove for about 20-25 mins; then I’ll follow the remainder of the recipe. :)

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    Melody — December 3, 2021 at 5:37 am

    So you have the nutritional information per serving?

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      Rachel — December 3, 2021 at 6:27 am

      I do not provide that information but there are free online calculators you can use.

  18. #
    Ruth Chance — January 23, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Tried this recipe on a cold snowy day! It really hit the spot!

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      Rachel — January 23, 2022 at 9:04 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it, Ruth!

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