Chicken Tortilla Soup

Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker · Main Dishes · Soups · July 11, 2018

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!

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

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? They are so warm and filling and just taste so yummy! Today’s recipe is so good and was modified a bit from a Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe found HEREย by my mom. 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Put it in a soup form, and I love it even more! This 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:

  1. Cook the chicken and shred (or cube) it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 425ยฐ 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

Chicken Tortilla Soup Crock Pot

There is so much flavor in this recipe, it’s hard for it to disappoint.ย 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

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
  • 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


  1. Cook and shred (or cube) chicken.

  2. 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).

  3. Add cheese just before serving, and top each serving with your favorite toppings (we like corn tortilla strips and avocado).

  4. 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!

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 1132mg 47%
Potassium 781mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 1.1%
Vitamin C 4.7%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 10.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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    Melane @

    I’m totally in soup mode now too. They’re so yummy. I just made chicken tortilla soup over the weekend. It rocks. Had no avocado to go with it though. Looks delicious!
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      Lil' Luna

      Thanks, Melane! And I think adding the homemade tortilla strips and avocados were the best part! ๐Ÿ˜€


    I am actually making a recipe similar to this this week. I might have to try this variation next time to see which one I like the best!
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      Lil' Luna

      Yes, keep me posted and let me know which one you like more… I’d love to know. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Amy Huntley

    This looks so yummy! I think I will make it tonight for dinner! Thanks for sharing! xo

    Gloria @ Simply Gloria

    Oh Kristyn, you can be in soup mode for as long as you want… love it! Can’t wait for the other recipes! (=
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    northern cottage

    yummo!! happily pinned this and will enjoy every.single.bite! thanks for sharing!
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    Teresa K

    Looks great for tonight! Yum, drool! It looks like a few black beans in the photo?


      Black beans are listed in the recipe


    Super yummy!! Thanks for the recipe!!

      Lil' Luna

      You’re welcome, Crystal!! ๐Ÿ˜€


    I am in the process of making this soup and in the picture it looks like you added black beans but the recipe did not call for them. Just wondered if you forgot to add those or if I should put them in or not! Just wanted to let you know! Thanks! Great recipe!


    For the green pepper did you use a chili pepper or a bell pepper?
    Looks delicious either way!
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      Lil' Luna

      It’s actually 1 can of diced green chilis. Just updated the recipe. Thanks for the catch!


    Hi! I make a soup similar to this in a crockpot, but i don’t cook the chicken before putting it in the crockpot I put it in raw. I cook it on high for 5-6 hours and the chick falls apart itself. Is there a reason to cook the chicken first? just wondering, looks delish!

      Lil' Luna

      That’s just how the original recipe said to do but it worked perfectly!


    What is the serving size for this recipe? I need to feed about 12 people.


    Did you use black beans in this recipe? Thought I saw some in the picture but wasn’t sure.

      Lil' Luna

      Whoops – forgot that off the ingredient list but just added it in. Yes, we used one can of black beans, drained. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Love me a good soup recipe! Thanks for sharing! Pinned!
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    Made this tonight and it was super yummy! I changed a few things, like pinto beans instead of black beans, 1/4 cup of tomato paste instead of tomatoes and I had precooked chicken on hand. I also made this in about 45 minutes, so no need for the slow cooker. I browned the onions with the green chilies and spices, added the broth, paste, beans, corn and chicken. Cooked until heated through.
    I also added a 1/3 cup of masa mixed with water at the very end. This made the soup have a wonderful flavor and added to the thickness of it, since my hubby and son do not care for “brothy” soups

      Lil' Luna

      Adding masa is a GREAT idea – I will definitely give it a try next time I make it. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Hi, I’m excited to try this recipe. I just wonder since the chicken is already cooked why does it need to cook for 3-4 hours (on high) still. Could you put the chicken in there raw and then just pull it out to shred at the end? Clearly I’m not a cook. Thanks for your help!



      I’ve done that each time I cooked my soups. Just pop in two defrosted chicken breasts (large ones, and if they are frozen then when they defrost in soup they will add additional water which you don’t want) and if you cook it on low for 8 hours, check the chicken after 6 hrs and if done, pull it out, shred it with a fork (should pull apart easily) and toss it back into the soup.


    Hi there, just made your recipie today and I used diced tomatoes and habanero for extra kick to the soup. They were 10 oz cans so I used two since your two ingredients were mixed. Turned out great. I only wish the chicken stock would be a little bit thicker. Any advice?


      Paulina, I didn’t have any diced canned tomato, so I added a large can of crushed tomato. I think that helped to thicken the soup. We also topped it off with a dollop of sour cream, which also added thickness and richness when served. Delish!


    Made your chicken tortilla soup for dinner tonight. SO GOOD!!! I made a couple of minor tweaks because we were snowed in today – I had to add some dried Georgia Flame chile peppers and some pickled poblano & jalapeรฑo peppers from our garden in place of canned chili peppers. I also added a can of crushed tomato in place of the diced because it was on the shelf. I tweaked the spices a bit to taste – added a dash of smoked paprika, a dash of Badia Sazon and some extra cumin. By the time we had dug out and the storm had passed, the soup was ready. We hit the store for the toppings – avocado, diced fresh tomato, low fat monterey jack, diced red onion, tortilla chips and some fresh cilantro. Added a little dollop of sour cream and baby, that was some good eats! Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe! Sue


    Made this soup on Sunday and it was really good, my daughter took it back to school with her. This was a big hit, yesterday made it again but used a large can of crushed tomatoes instead of the diced tomatoes. Totally changed the soup up a bit.

      Lil' Luna

      SO glad you guys liked it! I’m curious… which did you like better? The can of crushed tomatoes or the diced tomatoes?


        We preferred the crushed tomatoes. There is a difference in the thickness of the broth. The next time I fix this I am going to double the recipe and try one can of diced tomatoes and 2 cans of crushed tomatoes. Also wanted to mentioned that the avocado really topped this soup off, will try sour cream on it.

        Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Diana Najera

    Hi, I’m planning on making this for my husband n his family, we’re a total of 5, and I was wondering how many servings does this recipe call for?


    Yum. I used your recipe as a base and as always I can’t leave anything in the original form. :). I used two cans drained of fire roasted tomatoes and also added cilantro in the mixture. Because of time I pulled apart a rotessiere chicken. Other than that I followed the recipe and it’s delish.

    Kimberly Emery

    Do I drain the corn?


    I just made this for my family. It was very simple, and I had everything on hand. My kids each ate three bowls! Next time I think I might try adding some hominy. I added a dollop of sour cream on top and that, along with the avocados was superb!

      Lil' Luna

      YAY!! I’m so glad it was a hit!! It’s one of my favorite soup recipes ever. Thanks for stopping by!! ๐Ÿ˜€


    The first time I made this per the recipe. This time I added a medium can of hominy, and substituted creamed corn. I served it with a mix of pepper jack and sharp cheddar cheeses, then topped it with tortilla crisps, a dollop of sour cream, chopped green onions, and a some diced black olives. Delicious!

      Lil' Luna

      Oooh, you modifications sounds delicious!! SO glad it was a hit. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


    This was so delicious that I featured this recipe on my blog Merry Weather on a list of perfect Autumn recipes!! Thank you so much for creating something so dang delicious!



    I didn’t notice how many this recipe fed??


    Found this on Pinterest. This is my second time making it, it’s delicious. Thanks for sharing!
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    I’m commenting years later…..but can I make this in the crockpot? Do I just throw everything in together? And can I cook it on high?


      ok made this for cinco de mayo. It was amazing. I threw everything in the crockpot. I added a little more chicken. And used 1 can of diced tomatoes and 1 can of tomato sauce. It was excellent.

        Lil' Luna

        That sounds delicious!! SO glad you liked it!! Thanks for sharing what you did!

      Lil' Luna

      Yes, you would throw everything in the crockpot, except the cheese, avocados, and tortilla strips and cook on low for 8 hrs or high 3-4hrs. Add the cheese and toppings to your own individual bowls:)

    Teresa Woodruff

    How many will this recipe serve? I’m having the soup course for our neighborhood Christmas progressive dinner, and this looks delicious.

      Lil' Luna

      If you are feeding a neighborhood, I would double the recipe. If you have a huge crowd, you may need to triple. I’m not sure exactly how many it will feed, but when I picture a neighborhood dinner, I think of a lot of people. It just depends on how many. Good luck!


    This recipe is in our regular rotation of soups! The kids all LOVE it, especially with the tortilla strips on top. Though we just fry up flour tortilla strips since that is what we always have on hand.
    I love that the ingredients are all things we always have in our cupboards, it’s quick to put together, and no complaints at the dinner table! As a mom of 4 and a picky husband….thats a win! Thanks for the great recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

      Lil' Luna

      That makes me so happy to hear!!! Thank you so much for letting me know! That’s why we love it too ๐Ÿ™‚


    I know this is an old thread but just wanted to let you know I tried this for dinner tonight and it was very good.

    We dropped into the low 80’s today and weathermen said a cold front was going through, so that called for soup ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the recipe, it will be used more this winter.

      Lil' Luna sure does!! I can eat it anytime! Thank you for letting me know!


    Loved this recipe, used rotisserie chicken and it made it even easier!


    This is my favorite soup recipe that Iโ€™ve made! Thank you so much for sharing! Any tips on freezing and how long does it last in the freezer? Iโ€™m trying to prepare freezer โ€œdumpโ€ meals before baby #4 arrives and would love to have this as one of our meals. TIA.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Yay!! I am so glad you like it! I personally haven’t put it in the freezer, but I am sure it would be fine in there until you need it ๐Ÿ™‚ Just add toppings before serving ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with baby #4!

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