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! Everyone loves this easy chicken tortilla soup, especially topped with homemade corn tortilla strips and avocado!
Best Chicken Tortilla 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.
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! See for yourself how simple it is to make:
- Cook the chicken and shred (or cube) it.
- 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
- Queso fresco
Shredded Chicken for Tortilla Soup
This tortilla soup calls for shredded chicken, which is something we always have on hand. I like to buy boneless, skinless chicken breast each month, cook it in the crock pot and then shred, bag and freeze for that month’s meals. You can also buy a Rotisserie chicken, but either way you do it, you still need to shred the chicken. Here are top tips for doing that:
- Hands Method – Once chicken is cooked and slightly cooled, shred it by hand. The kids can even help out with this process!
- Fork Method – Use two large forks to pin down the chicken and shred.
- Stand Mixer Method – You can place large chicken chunks in your stand mixer and using the paddle attachment, shred on LOW speed for a few seconds. Too much mixing will emulsify the chicken. 😉
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 1/3 cup sour cream, and it will be nice and creamy!
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.
For more chicken soup recipes, check out:
- Chicken Pot Pie Soup
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Crock Pot Enchilada Soup
- Chicken Tortellini Soup
- White Chicken Chili
- Chicken Dumpling Soup
Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup Video Instructions:
Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
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!
- 1 lb chicken breast cooked and shredded
- 6 c chicken stock
- 15 oz can corn
- 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 cortillas for homemade tortilla strips - you can use store bought strips
- cubed avocadoes 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!