Crock-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

~ Absolutely a family favorite! This deliciously hearty, super-easy tortilla soup is full of yummy Mexican flavors! Just toss everything in the slow cooker, and you’ll have an amazing dinner waiting! Filling and so nutritious … you’ll be making this crock-pot chicken taco soup again and again! ~

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First off, we need to get one thing straight. The title of this recipe is Crock-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup.

“Yes, Gretchen,” you say. “That’s what I read.”

“No, no,” I say. “I’m pretty sure you aren’t saying it right.”

I promised my youngest that I would tell the world how to properly pronounce this.

In our house, this is called Crock-Pot Chicken TOR-TILLLL-LLA Soup.

You’ve got to pronounce all the Ls there.

So it’s tortillllla. Not tor-tee-a. Tor-til-la.

And so, for the rest of your life (or just today if that works better for you) … you’ve gotta humor my kiddo and say tort-tilll-lla. Thank you. 🙂

Mmmmmkay. Moving on …

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So, a few years ago, I had made an enormous batch of 3-Ingredient Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos. Can ya blame me?! It’s so incredibly simple! A family fave at our house, for sure! My kids beg for it!

Anyhoo, we happened to have loads of leftovers. (And I love leftovers. We actually try to cook big a few days each week so that we can have yummy leftovers to grab on those really busy evenings.)

So we had lots of taco chicken left over … and I decided I wanted to change things up a bit. I’d had chicken tortilla soup before, but hadn’t ever tried to make it myself. Since I had a little time that day … I figured, why not? I’ll try making my own.

Call it luck … call it what you want … but it was so delicious the very first time I made it! Don’t you love that?!?

I can remember standing over my stove top. (Yes, my very first version simmered for several hours on the stove. But as my kids are getting older and more involved in lots of after-school activities, I just don’t have time to stand and stir. Know what I mean?)

I remember breathing in that fantastic aroma. Tasting it repeatedly. Mmmmm …

And when I served it for dinner that night, my family (who, you’ll recall, LOVES chicken tacos) enthusiastically told me they LOVED this, too … and were hoping for leftovers!

Is that not the best compliment ever? They love it so much, they want to eat it two days in a row!

I’ve been making it for years now, and once I shared it with Shelley … we knew it was totally THKable!

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So the only trick was adapting this for the slow cooker. (And, of course, rewriting it from the beginning for those who don’t always happen to have leftover 3-Ingredient Chicken Taco meat in their fridge like I do.)

Shelley and I had put this recipe on the calendar to share in the fall – it’s just so warming and toasty and really hearty – perfect for a chilly day.

Well. You know what season comes right before fall? That’s right. Summer.

And summer was when I was doing the final testing of this recipe.

Now, you may be thinking, “Ugh! Hot soup on a hot day?! How awful!”

But … you’d be wrong.

In fact, on a recent 90º day, my little one asked what was for dinner. When I told her Chicken Tor-til-la Soup, she cheered. Like, literally cheered. Jumping and squealing and carrying on. So super excited.

Honestly, I was really excited, too. It had been a crazy day, and I hadn’t been home much. So to come home to a dinner that was all set – it was truly a gift. (I mean, it wasn’t wrapped in a little blue box, but it was still like a gift!)

So if you’re looking for an awesomely-easy, supremely-delicious, fantastically-family-pleasing crock-pot chicken tortilla soup recipe, one that gives you a warm hug and is ready when you are … you’ve come to the right place!

I’m so thrilled to share this recipe with you … and I just know that your family will cheer for you when you make it, too!

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And please … just remember how to pronounce it properly. TOR-TILLLL-LLA … I’m thinkin’ it’ll catch on eventually!

THK by Gretchen

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Crock-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Preparation 10 min. 2017-08-17T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 5-8 hours 2017-08-17T00:00:00+00:00
Serves About 15 cups     adjust servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1.25-ounce packet low-sodium taco seasoning (see note)
  • 1 16-ounce jar of your favorite salsa
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 12-ounce bag frozen corn kernels
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes and green chilies (such as Ro-Tel)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 corn tortillas, cut into 2-inch strips
  • For serving: your choice of optional toppings such as shredded cheese, green onions, chopped avocados, reduced-fat sour cream, and chopped cilantro


  1. Place chicken in slow cooker. Sprinkle with taco seasoning and then pour salsa on top.
  2. Add chicken broth, water, black beans, corn, tomatoes with chilies, quinoa, tomato paste, cumin, and salt.
  3. Stir to incorporate tomato paste.
  4. Cook on high for 5-6 hours, or on low for 7-8 hours.
  5. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred with two forks.
  6. Stir shredded chicken back into soup, as well as tortilla strips.
  7. Serve with shredded cheese, green onions, avocados, reduced-fat sour cream, cilantro, or other additional toppings, if desired.


Recipe Notes

We recommend avoiding taco seasoning mixes that contain MSG. Also, there are differences in the amounts of sodium (and other ingredients) in various brands, so it’s a good idea to read the nutrition information for the brands offered at your store.

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Crock-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup — 38 Comments

    • Hi Gretel! Great question! The quinoa mostly adds a bit of an additional nutrition boost in this (already-healthy) tortilla soup. There’s not a LOT of quinoa in there, so it’s maybe adding just a little bit of body, but really, if you don’t happen to have it on hand, I think you’ll be ok omitting it, too. We just love slipping quinoa into things like soups and chilis for the additional protein and fiber, plus a little boost in the potassium, magnesium and iron. (You can read more about all that in our post on How to Cook Quinoa and Why You Should – if you’re really interested. Basically, it’s an easy trick for a little nutrition boost in lots of recipes. Again, though, we’re not talking about a really major amount of quinoa in this particular tortilla soup, so don’t worry if you want to leave it out. Hope that helps! And thanks for the terrific question! ~Shelley

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  3. Gretchen, this soup is amazing!!! It’s the most I’ve EVER heard my husband rave about soup I’ve made. I used a pizza cutter to cut the tortillas, which made it fast and easy. I know I’ll be asked to make it again soon!

    • Oh, Colleen, what a really sweet message! This is the sort of thing that just absolutely makes our day – thanks so much for taking the time to pop back and leave us this comment! We’ve gotten so many raves about this soup, and we’re thrilled that you and your husband loved it, too! And hey – thanks for sharing your great tip about using a pizza cutter – brilliant idea! Have a wonderful day, and thanks again!! 😀 ~G&S

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    • Oh my goodness, Nicole! Thank you so much!! I’m literally blushing right now! Thank you for totally making my day! It’s been a learning experience, for sure – and your comment makes me think that I’m doing something right! 😀 Can’t stop smiling right now!!!!
      We are so thrilled you found us – and we hope you love our recipes! This crock pot chicken tortilla soup is definitely a favorite at my house – we can’t get enough! Have a fabulous week!! 🙂 ~Gretchen

  8. Just made your Tortilla Chicken Soup. I found on Pinterest last night. I made it for my husband to serve at our lil Pizza shop in town. I precooked the chicken last night & shredded before adding to crockpot for faster cooking/serving time. Then I went by after about 2 hours & was quite impressed. I forgot the fresh tortillas at home so I bet it will make it that much better next time. My Hubby liked it as well 🙂 Very Yummy. Thank You!!

    P.S. Looking forward to trying some of your other recipes now!!

  9. I haven’t been too active blogging lately, so it’s been awhile since I was last here and I can see that I’ve been missing out! I was so glad to see this soup because I’ got almost all the ingredients to make it. I’ll just pick up some tortillas and I’ll be all set. I know we’ll all love it!

  10. I have never made chicken tortilla soup, but loved it when I had in restaurants…thanks for the recipe…especially when the weather is getting cold…
    Hope you are having a great week 😀

    • Yes, Juliana! That’s exactly what happened to me! My family literally begs for this soup now – and it’s SO simple and I’m happy to make it! You’re right … it’s so cozy on a cool day! 🙂 ~Gretchen

  11. You can turn tortilllllla’s into soup? You sometimes come up with the strangest things.. I never really liked tortilla’s, but this looks so good I swear it’s calling my name.. You didn’t put any strange secret ingredients in it did you? 😉

    – I’m glad I’m not the only one suddenly saying tortillas out loud! But I think I’m saying it semi-right already – do I get points for this? 😀

    • Bonus points to Siv!! 😀 Lol!!

      YES! You can put tortillas into soup – and it’s AWESOME!! SO yummy! They actually serve 2 purposes here … they act as a thickener and they add a hint of corn flavor! And no – there’s no goofy ingredients in here! You’re so funny!

      Hear that?? (Siv … make this soup! Siv … make it now!) 😉 ~G&S

    • Cindy, it’s so perfect in the crock-pot! No need to keep peeking at a large simmering pot on the stove! Nope – just toss your ingredients in a go about your day … dinner cooks itself while you are busy at work or just playing in the leaves outside! Thanks for the pin! 😀 ~G&S

    • Haha! My little on will be so pleased to know that her pronunciation has carried on … overseas no less! 😀

      And yes – it seriously is yummy any day! We have eaten it during each season and can confidently say – it’s just delicious any time of the year! Enjoy!! ~Gretchen

    • Yes, Julie! That is the absolute best!!! I LOVE when my kids are actually thrilled about what’s for dinner … it just makes that time of the day go so much smoother! No dinner battles = happy mamma! Actually, I really love this because it’s so easy! So it’s a double win for me!! But we don’t need to go spreading that around … let’s just keep it to ourselves! 🙂 ~Gretchen

  12. Love soup so much and the additions to this soup make it extra lovable! Cilantro, avocado, green onions – all so good. And spicy food they say is more satisfying as it has so much taste and you end up eating less! But, I don’t think I could stop with this soup. Sounds great!

    • Thank you, Lori! This soup is definitely super satisfying! Full of flavor and really good-for-you ingredients, you can have a second bowl, and not feel guilty about it! That is, if you have room for a second helping! Lol!! Hope you make it – it’s a hit at our homes, for sure!! ~G&S

  13. Making it for game day tonight! I have a taco soup recipe that my family loves so this will be right up their alley. Thanks friends!

    • Aww Kelly!! Thanks for letting us know you tried it out! Was it a hit at your house??

      This recipe is perfect for busy evenings – it’s ready when you are! Sometimes on those really hectic nights, we can’t even all eat at the same time. This Crock-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is ideal for those crazy times – nobody has to eat a cold plate out of the fridge! Everyone gets a steaming hot, warm-you-from-the-inside dinner … and it tastes sooooo good!! 🙂 ~G&S

  14. Thank you for posting this recipe! It was delicious and I loved that I had all the ingredients at home – just threw it all together and the whole family loved it!

    • Hi Jill!! So awesome that your family loved this dinner! We LOVE it at our house! (And I do, too – I’ve usually got most everything on hand! Such a snap to throw together!) We just can’t get enough of tor-til-la soup! 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by – and letting us know how happy your family was with dinner! High five!! ~Gretchen

    • Yes, Abbe! Drop whatever you are doing right this minute and RUN to the store to buy one!! It will change your life! You’ll be clearing a spot on the counter to proudly display your new best friend! Lol!! Seriously – you’ll love it! 🙂 And for your first recipe … Chicken Tor-til-la Soup, of course! 😀 ~Gretchen

    • Hi Lynne! Yes … great question! Once the tortilla strips are cut, just stir them in. (We’re all about keeping things super simple here at THK … and that extra step just adds time and difficulty!) Easy peasy!! 😀 Hope you make this soon – cooler temps are just around the corner, and this soup is perfect on those crisp and cool days! Happy Fall! 🙂 ~Gretchen

    • Ohhh Judit … let’s have Crock-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup for dinner! We’ll pick and day, and it will be called ‘ Crock-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Day’ – tell your friends! Maybe it’ll eventually be put onto all calendars! I can guarantee one thing … everyone would be so happy on that day! So easy to make … awesome to enjoy!! 😀 ~Gretchen

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