Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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If I’m going to make a meal in a slow cooker, I want there to be minimal prep.  Open and dump are terms I like to see in the instructions.  This chicken tortilla soup recipe fits that requirement, with a little bit of chopping if you like.  I make this recipe somewhat mild so everyone in my family will eat it but you can crank up the heat by adding hot sauce or jalapeno peppers.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 (4.5 oz) can green chilis
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can corn
  • chopped fresh cilantro (if desired)


  1. Open your cans, measure your spices and dump everything except cilantro into your slow cooker.  Set on low and cook for 6 hours.  Take out your chicken, shred it and put back in the slow cooker for 2 more hours.
  2. Serve with chips, cheese, sour cream – whatever you like.
This soup freezes well.  I usually ladle single servings (sans cilantro) into plastic containers and pop them in the freezer.  Occasionally I’ll add black beans or a splash of cream.  I’ve also found this is an excellent way to cook chicken for other recipes that call for shredded chicken.  Just put in your fresh or frozen chicken breasts, a can of chicken broth and let it go.


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  1. I’m SO trying this tonight!  Thanks!

  2. @1of5Hawks says:

    Can’t wait to make this recipe! #Yum! I heart my slow cooker AND those same “open” and “dump” words in a recipe :o)
    TYSM!!!! ~anje

  3. Wow – this looks so good for a cold day ike today! Gotta pull my slow cooker out!

  4. My sister LOVES chicken tortilla soup, just bought a crockpot and was looking for recipes. i can’t wait to tell her about this. THANK YOU!!!

  5. Yum! I’m definitely making this.

  6. Ohh I just bought some cilantro – this would be a great recipe to try
    I am going to Pin this for later!

  7. Looks good!  My hubby would definitely love if I made this.

  8. This looks so easy to make and I already have the ingredients, I think I’m going to try this! Thanks for sharing.

    Stopping by from Alexa Hop.

  9. I love tortilla soup! This one sounds yummy! I like to also put avacado in mine. MMM

  10. It is pretty tasty with it! Mexican restaurants I went to as a kid always had it in them. Maybe it was a Texas thing. I put avacado in chicken veggie soup too sometimes…gives a tortilla soup feel.


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