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Savor the flavors of chicken tacos in a soup recipe that is prepped in 15 minutes.

Chicken tortilla soup served in a white bowl.

The Best & Easiest Soup!

We are always in soup mode when the cool fall weather approaches!

One of our all-time favorite chicken soup recipes is our Chicken Tortilla Soup. My grandma Luna has been making this for my mom and then her for us for decades making it a long-time family favorite.

Why We Love Tortilla Soup!

  • So easy – so yummy! This is one of the easiest soup recipes out there! Prep time only takes 15 minutes and the flavor is incredible.
  • Made on stove or in slow cooker. Whether you have a little more time or not, this soup can be made any way.
  • Toppings galore. With all the fixings that go on top, like tortilla strips, sour cream, tomatoes, avocado, fresh cilantro, lime wedges and more – this recipe is hard NOT to love.
Cans of corn, beans, tomatoes, and green chili on a wooden table.

Tortilla Soup Ingredients

  • 6 cups Chicken Stock or Chicken Broth – Both work great!
  • 2 cups Shredded Cooked Chicken – Cook the chicken breasts and shred (or cube) them – for tips on shredded chicken GO HERE. You can also buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it or even used cooked chicken thighs.
  • 1-2 (14.5-ounce) cans Diced Tomatoes – You can also use canned fire-roasted tomatoes.
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can of Corn – It’s the perfect addition to this soup.
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) can of Black Beans – Use pinto beans or kidney beans too.
  • 1 (4-ounce) can of Diced Green Chiles – Mild or hot work, but we typically do mild.
  • ½ cup Chopped Onion (optional) – You can mince the onions or use onion powder. For a different flavor, try chopped bell peppers.
  • 2 teaspoons Minced Garlic- Use 2 garlic cloves and learn How to Mince Garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¾ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoons Chili Powder
  • Toppings: more shredded cheese, sour cream, queso fresco, diced avocado, chopped green onions, cilantro and limes
Chicken and veggies cooking in broth in a pot on the stove.

How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup

  1. COMBINE. In a slow cooker, combine 6 cups chicken stock, 2 cups Shredded Cooked Chicken, 1-2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, 1 (14.5-ounce) can of corn, 1 (15.25-ounce) can of black beans, 1 (4-ounce) can of diced green chiles, ½ cup chopped onion, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 1½ teaspoons salt, ¾ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, and ¼ teaspoons chili powder.
  2. COOK. Cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 3–4 hours.
  3. GARNISH. Add cheese, tortilla strips, and other favorite toppings right before serving.

Alternative Cooking Methods

Stovetop Directions

  1. Combine all chicken tortilla soup ingredients (minus the cheese and toppings) into a large pot, and cook on medium-high heat to bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Dish into bowls. Add cheese just before serving, and top with your favorite toppings!
Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe in bowl with tortilla strips and avocado on top.
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5 from 380 votes

Chicken Tortilla Soup

By: Lil’ Luna
The BEST slow cooker chicken tortilla soup is filled with chunks of chicken, beans & corn. It is easy to make and full of flavor!
Servings: 6
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 6 cups chicken stock or chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1-2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can corn drained
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) can black beans drained
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • ½ cup chopped onion optional
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

Toppings (Optional)

  • corn tortilla strips (store-bought or homemade), sour cream, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, chopped avocado, cilantro
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Instructions 

  • In a slow cooker, combine 6 cups chicken stock, 2 cups Shredded Cooked Chicken, 1-2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, 1 (14.5-ounce) can of corn, 1 (15.25-ounce) can of black beans, 1 (4-ounce) can of diced green chiles, ½ cup chopped onion, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 1½ teaspoons salt, ¾ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, and ¼ teaspoons chili powder.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 3–4 hours.
  • Add cheese, tortilla strips and other favorite toppings right before serving.

Video

Notes

Stove top directions. In a large pot, combine all ingredients except the toppings over medium-low heat. Simmer for 20–30 minutes, or until soup is heated through. Ladle into bowls and add cheese, tortilla strips, and other favorite toppings.
Variations. This slow cooker chicken tortilla soup is more on the brothy side. For a different texture, during the last 30 minutes of cooking in the slow cooker, just add ⅔ cup heavy cream and ⅓ cup sour cream to make the soup nice and creamy!
CORN TORTILLA STRIPS: To make homemade corn tortilla strips, slice corn tortillas with a pizza cutter into thin strips. Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat and flash fry strips in the oil until golden and crispy, 30–60 seconds. Or, toss strips in a bowl with 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 425°F for 8–10 minutes, turning halfway through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 95kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 927mg, Potassium: 285mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 37IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
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Recipe FAQ

  • In the last 30 minutes of cooking in the crock pot, add ⅔ cup heavy cream and ⅓ cup sour cream.
  • Cut corn tortillas into strips with a pizza cutter. Either flash fry in hot oil or bake at 425°F for 8-10 minutes turning halfway through. You can also crush tortilla chips as well.
  • Place tortilla soup in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Let the tortilla soup recipe cool first, then freeze in an airtight container or freezer bag, make sure you omit the toppings.
  • Let the recipe for chicken tortilla soup thaw overnight in the fridge (if frozen) and reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

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About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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187 Comments

  1. Kara says:

    5 stars
    So easy with rotisserie chicken, and my whole family loved it! I’ll be making it all winter long. 🙂

  2. Samantha says:

    5 stars
    This soup is a fall and winter staple at our house. It’s super easy to make and everybody scarfs it down!

  3. Sarah Jane Skaggs says:

    5 stars
    This recipe was so good and so easy. We added some sour cream! Will definitely make it again.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Yay! So glad to hear that!

  4. Diane Bowen says:

    5 stars
    My new favorite soup! This recipe is so easy and full of flavor. I added the heavy cream and sour cream because I prefer a creamy soup. You can’t go wrong with this one.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed… the creamy variation is delicious too!

  5. Sue Richards says:

    Siri, is there a method to use for an Insta pot?

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You could make this in an instant pot! Add ingredients to the IP (you could use raw chicken), then cook for about 10 minutes on high, then let naturally release for 10-15 minutes. Shred the chicken then add back to the soup and season as needed. Then add your toppings! Should taste delicious!

  6. Denise De Soto says:

    5 stars
    Delicious soup. A hit at my ladies lunch.

  7. Ceci says:

    5 stars
    I absolutely love your recipes!! The Taco Salad Casserole was fantastic! I used canned biscuits & cut them in half sideways to save time. My husband loves casseroles & he really enjoyed this one. Thanks again for giving us all great recipes. My next recipe is going to be the Minestrone Soup. It is raining a lot & this sounds like it will be the perfect dish to have!!🫶🫶🫶🫶🫶

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Oh, that makes me so happy to hear!! Thank you for sharing that & I hope you like the soup!

  8. Ashley Silos says:

    5 stars
    So, there was this restaurant called Reata Grill I used to work at in Woodland Hills, California back in 2005. This restaurant originally is from Texas… anyway… they opened a location in CA, then this restaurant closed around 2005/06.

    My favorite item on that menu is their tortilla soup. I have never…. NEVER found the same type of tortilla soup in any other restaurant till this day. I had even searched the internet for YEARS! “Reata Grill tortilla soup”…. I could never find it. All recipes have that red broth and none of them tasted the same…

    Until today… let me tell you… you have THAT tortilla soup recipe. It was nostalgic! I almost cried! 😂
    That’s 17 years of searching for this recipe and you my dear, gave me that. Kristyn, thank you.

    Almost reminded me of that scene from ratatouille where he tasted something that just reminded him of his childhood. I now know what he experienced from this soup.

    Please, be proud of what you do, because you just gave me happiness. Food is always a way to reach people from all around the world, and some may disagree, but also reaches their hearts. You are amazing and again thank you for this recipe. It may seem silly, but it’s something I will never forget.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Thank you so much! It’s messages like this that bring me even more joy and fulfillment with my job! So happy you found this recipe and it could bring back those fond memories. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Dana says:

    Yummmmm!!! Will definitely make this again 😋

  10. Amee S says:

    5 stars
    This was such a hit at my house. My daughter loves Newk’s chicken tortilla soup and she said this soup was “Newk’s good!” I cooked this on the stove and used a rotisserie chicken. I did double all of the ingredients except for the chicken broth and chicken but I used a large can of crushed tomatoes instead of the diced. I sautéed the onions, green chili’s, garlic and spices until the onions were soft and garlic was fragrant then added all other ingredients. I let it simmer for around an hour and it was perfect! Topped with sour cream and cheese with tortilla strips! Excellent!! Will be in the rotation from now on!!