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posted: 10/02/19

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This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is only 5 minutes of prep and at just 300 calories a bowl, it’s such a delicious and healthy dinner! You will want to make this chicken tortilla soup recipe over and over!

Don’t want to wait all day? Make this chicken taco soup in your pressure cooker with my Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup!

Hello friends! I’m so excited to bring you this updated Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe! This recipe is hugely popular on my blog. Every time I share it on social media, people flock to it and tell me how it is a staple in their house. With how easy it is to make and how healthy it is, I can totally see why.

I’m switching up the photos today, but the recipe is staying exactly the same as you’ve always known it. It’s a regular dinner in our house, and I know it is in some of yours as well.

Why We Love Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This taco soup recipe only takes five minutes to prepare and is just a matter of dumping things into your crockpot and forgetting it.

At only about 300 calories a bowl (for 1 1/2 cups), this is a filling and healthy chicken tortilla soup recipe. I always feel good about this tortilla soup; even when I add some sour cream, cheese, and a few chips. Additionally, the lean protein, legumes, and vegetables that make up this soup make this taco soup a really healthy dinner.

Because I have instructions for how to make this using frozen ingredients, you can keep the ingredients for this easy chicken tortilla soup on hand all the time.

Perhaps the biggest reason: My picky eaters LOVE this! Seriously, dinner is never a fight when this guy is on the table.

overhead view of a crock pot full of chicken tortilla soup that has been garnished with cilantro

Making Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot

The only draw back I really see to this soup is that you can’t make it last minute. Except! You totally can. Break out your instant pot and follow the instructions in my Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup Recipe. Same recipe, same great taste, just using the pressure cooker instead.

Chicken Tortilla Soup Ingredients

There are a few simple ingredients in this taco soup.

  • Chicken Stock – I like to buy chicken stock base to use in this. It cuts down on the cost of so many recipes.
  • Taco Seasoning – Make my small batch version or use 3 tablespoons of the big batch.
  • Canned Crushed Tomatoes
  • Kidney Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Corn – You can use canned or frozen, both work fine.
  • Chicken – You can use fresh or frozen, see my note below

Isn’t it incredible that you can make such a delicious soup with so few ingredients and time?

a ladle full of taco soup that has been dished up from a slow cooker

Using Frozen Chicken

This slow cooker chicken tortilla soup is perfect for using either fresh or frozen chicken. I just suggest you find a brand that you really love. It makes a big difference in how the chicken cooks and comes out.

When using frozen chicken you just need to add a little time:

  • Cook on low for 8 hours or
  • Cook on high for 4 hours

Toppings for Chicken Tortilla Soup

I think this is a great one pot meal. We like to jazz it up a little by adding some of the following toppings:

  • jalapeños
  • sour cream
  • cheese
  • tortilla chips
two bowls of easy chicken tortilla soup in front of a crock pot

Freezing and Storing Leftovers

This chicken tortilla soup recipe makes 9 cups. That is enough for 6 servings that are 1 1/2 cups each. While we often eat our left overs, if your family is smaller you may have some to freeze.

I love soups because they do freeze so well. This crock pot chicken tortilla soup is no exception. My suggestion is to freeze this soup (and soup in general) in individual servings. That way it can be taken for lunch and you are only thawing and heating what you want. It also makes the reheating process much quicker.

Ziplock sandwich bags work great for freezing individual soup servings.

If you know you will eat the left overs within four days, then store in the refrigerator in an air tight container. Only take out and heat what you want to eat. It’s never a good idea to put left overs back in the refrigerator that have already been reheated once.

What to Serve with Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

I think that this dinner really works on it’s own. Especially if you serve it with toppings. But if you know your family loves their side dishes, here are some ideas:

Other Great Slow Cooker Soups

I’m obsessed with soup for dinner. I feel like it is the original one pot meal. And I love how easy it is to make them in the slow cooker. Here are more great crock pot soups!

If you make this slow cooker chicken tortilla soup or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know. I love hearing from you!

close up overhead view of a bowl of slow cooker chicken tortilla soup recipe that has been garnished with sour cream, sliced jalapeños, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

close up overhead view of a bowl of chicken tortilla soup recipe that has been garnished with sour cream, sliced jalapeños, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips
5 from 25 votes

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Serves: 6 people
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 10 minutes
This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is only 5 minutes of prep and at just 300 calories a bowl, it's such a delicious and healthy dinner! You will want to make this chicken tortilla soup recipe over and over!

Ingredients

  • 28 oz crushed tomatos
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning (or 1 ounce)
  • 16 oz kidney beans drained
  • 15.5 oz black beans drained
  • 11 oz corn not in liquid, vacuum packed
  • 1 pound chicken breasts boneless, skinless, raw

Toppings

  • tortilla strips or chips
  • sour cream
  • jalapeños pickled or fresh
  • shredded cheese
  • fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together in a crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
  • At the end of the cooking time, remove the chicken from the crock pot, shred and return to the soup.
  • Serve topped with light sour cream and shredded cheese.

Notes

When using frozen chicken breasts, cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
Calories: 285kcal (14%) Carbohydrates: 32g (11%) Protein: 30g (60%) Fat: 2g (3%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 44mg (15%) Sodium: 516mg (22%) Potassium: 1106mg (32%) Fiber: 12g (50%) Sugar: 5g (6%) Vitamin A: 950IU (19%) Vitamin C: 24.8mg (30%) Calcium: 100mg (10%) Iron: 4mg (22%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
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  1. Diane P. says

    5 stars
    Hi Lisa, what a delicious, and filling soup. Will definetly make this one again. Thank you. Always look forward to your recipes.

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you liked it! Thank you for taking the time to come back and tell me!

  2. Roger Bells says

    5 stars
    That looks so delicious, Lisa, Can’t wait to try it…Definitely making it today :)

  3. Karen says

    Looks delicious and cannot wait to make this. What size slow-cooker would I need for 4 or 6 servings? I have a 2qt and a 5 qt available. Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      The one you see here is a 6 quart crock pot, so the 5 quart will work, but it will be a tight fit.

      • Karen says

        Thank you! Then how many servings is a 2qt one good for? Is the rule of thumb, each serving equals a quart?

  4. Nicole Garcia says

    I have a package of boneless skinless chicken breast and it’s 1.7 pounds so just a little over the 1 pound it says in your recipe, is that ok? Or should I cook it a little longer then 3 hours on high since it’s a little more than 1 pound of the boneless skinless raw chicken? Thanks so much

    • Lisa Longley says

      I think that if you add just a half hour extra on high that would be enough. But double check it with a thermometer at the end to make sure it is cooked through. There is nothing worse than over cooked chicken in a crockpot, so don’t add too much extra time.

  5. Elisha says

    Can I use canned corn and just drain it really good?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Absolutely.

  6. Rachel says

    Love. Tortilla soup little different than mine .I will make it over your recipe next time.

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