Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is the best healthy Crock-Pot soup recipe that is quick and easy to make. This authentic Mexican soup recipe is topped with tortilla chips and creamy avocado for an easy weeknight dinner.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup – Healthy & Easy
Cooler weather and busy schedules mean that soup recipes start appearing on the dinner table.
Is that true for you too?
And this Crock-Pot chicken tortilla soup is BY FAR one of the BEST soup recipes out there.
(Or slow cooker, if you like to call it that!)
Growing up I often order tortilla soup at the authentic Mexican restaurants.
So this recipe is a recreation of those traditional recipes.
Except it’s pretty healthy and super easy to make so you can get it on the table for dinner!
Healthy Crockpot Tortilla Soup
This healthy recipe also has an intoxicating aroma to come home to with its…
Authentic Mexican spices from a homemade taco seasoning…
Mixed together with slow cooked shredded chicken breasts…
Creamy tomatoes and broth….
And black beans with sweet kernel corn.
You’ll feel like a rock star when you come home to this comforting meal for dinner!
How to Make
Much like the stovetop version, the steps to make this Crock-Pot tortilla soup are simple and easy to follow.
You simply throw all of the ingredients into your slow cooker and wait for the magic to happen!
(Read recipe card below for more in-depth instructions.)
- Add the chicken breasts to the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker.
- Pour broth and salsa into the Crock-Pot.
- Whisk together Homemade Taco Seasoning ingredients.
- Add corn and black beans.
- Sprinkle spices on top and stir ingredients until just combined.
- Cook tortilla soup in the Crock-Pot on High for 4-6 hours or Low for 6-8 hours.
- Shred chicken breasts during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
The ingredients needed to make this soup are super easy to find.
You probably already have the majority of them in your pantry and refrigerator!
- Chicken Breasts – This is the best cut since it consists of lean meat that tenderizes easily while slow cooking.
- Salsa – A medium salsa, instead of diced tomatoes, gives the bulk of the tomato flavor and spice to this soup.
- Taco Seasoning – Using a homemade taco seasoning mix is the quickest way to give your recipe authentic Mexican flavor.
- Sweet Kernel Corn – Canned corn as well as frozen corn will both work great.
- Black Beans – Canned beans are used in this recipe. Make sure you rinse and drain them before adding them into the soup!
- Lime – The juice of a lime gives the taco soup a bit more acidity. You can also use a lemon if that is what you have on hand.
While this slow cooker tortilla soup recipe tastes incredible on it’s own…
Adding a variety of toppings can make it even better!
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Crushed tortilla chips <– A must!!
- You can also make your own fried tortilla strips at home.
- Sliced Avocados
- Sour Cream – Or dairy-free sour cream by Tofutti.)
- Shredded Cheese – Cheddar cheese, Mexican blend, or Monterrey Jack all taste great!
- Fresh Cilantro
- Sliced Jalapeños
Can I Make this in the Instant Pot?
This Crock-Pot tortilla soup can easily be made in the Instant Pot. You can either check out how in this Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup post, or read the quick directions below!
Instant Pot Instructions:
- Add all of your ingredients to a 6-quart Instant Pot.
- Lift the chicken breasts to make sure there is some liquid underneath them.
- Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure and cook for 8 minutes.
- Allow it to have a Natural Pressure Release of 10 minutes.
- Once chicken is cooked, shred and let sit for 10 minutes in the soup before serving.
What Size Slow Cooker Should I Use?
Slow cookers are an extremely affordable kitchen appliance that are well worth the space they take up in your kitchen.
They come in various sizes, but I would highly encourage you to get at least a 6-QT Crock-Pot.
Can I use a Liner?
Slow Cooker Liners are a great option to use if you want to make clean-up a breeze.
They can be thrown away after each use and keep your Crock-Pot sparkly clean!
How long will leftover soup last?
Leftover soup will last in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Can I freeze chicken tortilla soup?
This recipe freezes extremely well. Store in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months.
Can I use Rotel in place of the salsa?
You absolutely can! Use the Rotel with green chilis and use the same amount.
How spicy is this recipe?
This main dish is about a 3-4 out of 10 on the spice scale.
Read below if you would like to adjust the spice level.
How can I change the spice level of this soup?
Use a MILD salsa instead of the medium salsa and decrease the cayenne pepper in the DIY taco seasoning.
Use a HOT salsa instead of the medium salsa and increase the cayenne pepper in the DIY taco seasoning.
You can also add sliced, fresh jalapenos to give it a spicy kick.
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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is the best healthy Crock-Pot soup recipe that is quick and easy to make. This authentic Mexican tortilla soup recipe is topped with tortilla chips and creamy avocado for an easy weeknight dinner.
- 1 ½ lbs chicken breasts
- 16 oz. jar salsa mild or medium*
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 3 Tbsp. homemade taco seasoning*
- ½ tsp. salt to taste
- 15 oz. can black beans rinsed and drained
- 15 oz can whole kernel corn drained
- 3 Tbsp. lime juice or lemon juice
Place chicken breasts on the bottom of slow cooker.
Pour salsa and chicken broth into the slow cooker and make sure to pick up chicken breasts so some liquid gets underneath them.
Add beans, corn, seasoning, and lime juice to the slow cooker. Give liquid a good stir, cover, and cook for 6-8 hours on low or 4-6 hours on high.
Towards the last 30 minutes of cooking, shred the chicken. Let continue cooking for the last 30 minutes.
Serve chicken tortilla soup with tortilla chips, sour cream, cilantro and green onions. Enjoy! See this recipe in Healthy Meal Plan #5
- Use mild salsa if you do not like spice and medium salsa if you like your soup a bit more spicy.
- If you don't want to make an entire taco seasoning batch you can substitute the mix for the following:
- 1 Tbsp. cumin, 1 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. paprika, ¼ tsp. garlic powder, ⅛ to ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, ½ tsp. black pepper
- Use 1 - 1 ½ teaspoons of salt total.