Chicken Tortilla Soup

The BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe made in the crock pot. This soup is packed with flavorful ingredients including chicken, tomatoes, corn, beans, green chilis, & lots of seasonings!

A classic and popular soup recipe – this chicken tortilla soup is always a hit! Filled with so many great ingredients and being so simple, we love to make this all year long along with our Enchilada Soup and White Chicken Chili.

Chicken Tortilla Soup in bowl with tortilla strips and avocado

THe best & easiest soup!

Maybe I should have warned you yesterday, but I’m going to be sharing several delicious soup recipes over the next week or two.

I hope you don’t mind. I’m in Soup Mode right now and taking advantage of this cool weather to try out even more soups. I mean, how can you NOT love them (especially our Chicken & Rice Soup or our Chicken Enchilada Soup)?

Soup are so warm and filling and just taste so yummy! Today’s recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup is so good and simple that we wanted to make sure you could try it too. Being Hispanic, our family loves anything with tortillas, so this recipe was right up our alley.

We ended up topping it off with some homemade tortilla strips and cubed avocado, which made it even that much better! If I’m going to be honest, if a recipe calls for Chicken and Avocados, I pretty much know I’ll love it. 😉 Put it in a soup form, and I love it even more!

Today’s Chicken Tortilla Soup is simple and perfect to enjoy all year long, but especially during the cooler weather. As always, you can modify the ingredients based on what you like….

Change the beans to pinto, add peppers or omit an ingredient you aren’t as fond of. I love this recipe so much because it’s easy to modify, is quick and seriously so delicious.

Tortilla Soup Shredded Chicken

How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup

Here’s the real bonus: This chicken tortilla soup is made in the crock pot!! Just when you thought this recipe couldn’t get any better, it does!

SO SIMPLE! Cook the chicken and shred (or cube) it – for tips on shredding chicken GO HERE. Add all the ingredients (except for cheese, tortilla strips, and avocado) to the crock pot and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or HIGH for 3-4. Stir in cheese just before serving.

If you want to make homemade tortilla strips for sprinkling on top, cut corn tortillas into strips with a pizza cutter. You can either flash fry in hot oil, or bake at 425° for 8-10 minutes turning halfway through. Aside from the tortilla strips, you could also add:

  • Diced avocado
  • More shredded cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Queso fresco
  • Limes

Vegetarian or dairy free tortilla soup? To make this soup vegetarian, just eliminate the chicken and use vegetable broth instead of chicken stock. For a dairy free version, leave out the cheese and don’t top with sour cream.

How to make tortilla soup on the stovetop:

If you’re in a time crunch and don’t have hours to let the soup sit in the slow cooker, you can make it on the stovetop!

Simply put all the ingredients (minus the cheese and toppings) into a large pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Add cheese just before serving, and top with your favorite toppings!

Tortilla Soup Recipe - in pot


How to thicken Tortilla Soup? Our favorite way to thicken tortilla soup is to use masa harina, which is traditional Mexican flour used to make tortillas. You can whisk a little bit of this in to give it a distinctive flavor and to thicken.

If you don’t like the flavor of masa harina, you can use regular flour to thicken the soup.

Can you freeze Tortilla Soup? Yes! Just let the soup cool first, then freeze in an airtight container or freezer bag, making sure you omit the toppings. To reheat, let the soup thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

How to make Tortilla Soup Creamy? This slow cooker chicken tortilla soup is definitely more on the broth-y side, but can also be made creamy.

For the last 30 minutes of cooking in the crock pot, just add 2/3 cup heavy cream and ⅓ cup sour cream, and it will be nice and creamy!

Chicken Tortilla Soup Crock Pot in bowl

There is so much flavor in this slow cooker chicken tortilla soup recipe, it’s hard for it to disappoint. More flavors can even be added with the toppings. We always add avocados and tortilla strips, but you can also add any other toppings you adore. No matter how you like it, this recipe is sure to be a hit.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

5 from 34 votes
The BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe made in the crock pot. This soup is packed with flavorful ingredients including chicken, tomatoes, corn, beans, green chilis, & lots of seasonings!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 288 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 lb chicken breast cooked and shredded
  • 6 c chicken stock
  • 15 oz can corn drained
  • 1 1/2 15 oz can diced tomatoes drained
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 c chopped onion (optional)
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 1 small can diced green chilis
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • monterey jack cheese shredded
  • corn tortillas for homemade tortilla strips - you can use store bought strips
  • cubed avocados for topping


  • Cook and shred (or cube) chicken.
  • Add all the ingredients, except the cheese, corn tortilla strips and avocados to your crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 3-4 hours).
  • Add cheese just before serving, and top each serving with your favorite toppings (we like corn tortilla strips and avocado).
  • To make homemade corn tortilla strips, slice up corn tortillas with a pizza cutter. Flash Fry in hot oil or bake in the oven at 425 for 8-10 minutes turning halfway through. ENJOY!


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