Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Here is the only chicken tortilla soup recipe you’ll ever need- Hearty, flavorful, and full of chicken, veggies and spices!

This super easy slow cooker chicken tortilla soup requires less than 10 minutes of prep work and makes meals for the week super easy with the ability to cook extra chicken with the soup for other meals during the week. Hearty, flavorful, and full of chicken, veggies and spices!

Make a super easy chicken tortilla soup in your slow cooker with less than 10 minutes of prep work! It's the only chicken tortilla recipe you'll need and makes dinner prep even easier with the ability to cook extra chicken with the coup for other meals during the week. Hearty, flavorful, and full of chicken, veggies and spices!

 The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Made Easy in the Slow Cooker!

This recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla soup is one of our most prepared dinner recipes at home and definitely our favorite soup recipe. It’s also been one of our most popular recipes here on The Love Nerds since originally sharing in 2013.

So why is this the BEST chicken tortilla soup for us?

I am a hug fan of quick and easy recipes, and this slow cooker soup recipe is exactly that! It only takes me only 10 to prep at the beginning, and that is only because I like adding in chopped onion, and then only a few minutes at the end to shred the chicken.

That’s it! Even my teething two year old can stay patient during that dinner prep time.

We also use this soup recipe to cook extra chicken that we use for leftovers for the week and we get a ton of variety with it, too! Make sure to keep reading if you want to see what we use the chicken for during our chicken weeks.

It has just the right amount of spices to give it a little kick for a cold winter night that can easily be tamed down with a good helping of cheese or dollop of sour cream.

This recipe has also always been a winner with everyone we make it for – colleagues, family, and friends.

It can also easily be a gluten free chicken tortilla soup by simply by omitting the tortilla strips, and it still remains a great southwestern chicken soup recipe.

You’ll also see below that we sometimes like to just eat the soup with regular tortilla chips so we can dip in to eat the hearty filling on a chip!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe with10 minutes of prep work! Hearty, flavorful, and full of chicken, tomatoes, chiles, black beans, corn, low sodium Swanson chicken broth and spices!

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP: 

There are a lot of variations for making chicken tortilla soup, with some taking a lot more prep work by roasting veggies before adding to the soup. While tasty, I don’t have the time for that extra prep work and still find the resulting soup to have a lot of flavor.

Most Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipes will include chicken broth, chicken, corn, chiles, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and, of course, tortillas.

Additionally, some recipes add some tomato paste or enchilada sauce to give it a more tomato based broth and some recipes add beans, like mine. I love the added protein black beans add to the recipe and find that it helps fill my husband up more.

It really only takes three simple steps to make this slow cooker soup recipe:

First, toss all your ingredients except for the chicken into your slower cooker and mix together. Then season your chicken and place on top to cook. The chicken will cook completely in the slow cooker and leaving it on top makes it easy to remove and shred when you are ready to eat.

Second, when the chicken is done cooking and you are getting ready to eat, shred chicken and then put back into the slow cooker.

Lastly, add your desired tortillas and toppings. Then enjoy! Easy peasy!

The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe made in the slow cooker with fresh chicken, tomatoes, chiles, black beans, corn, onions, low sodium Swanson chicken broth and spices!

USING CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP TO COOK EXTRA CHICKEN FOR CHICKEN WEEK

I plan on doing a whole post about this soon, but this recipe always kicks off a chicken week at this house. What this means is that I cook extra chicken in the slow cooker that I use for dinner recipes throughout the week.

It makes a busy week so much easier with fast dinner prep. Last time I made the recipe, I cooked 3 pounds of chicken, adding only 1 pound of shredded chicken back into the soup and saving the rest.

We then had a few meals of leftover soup (taking some for lunch and eating maybe once more for dinner) and used the leftover chicken through the week to make some of these recipes:

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HELPFUL KITCHEN TOOLS FOR MAKING THIS SOUP RECIPE:

You will, of course, need a reliable slow cooker! I’ve had this one for 7 years and it’s never failed me: Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker With Temperature Probe, 6-Quart.

If you plan on taking the soup anywhere to share for a pot luck, you will definitely want a Hamilton Beach Travel Case & Carrier Insulated Bag. It makes it so much easier, and you’re less likely to make a mess. 

Want clean up to be as easy as the meal prep? Use Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners 2 Pack.

Lastly, I love having these Pulled Pork Shredder Claws. I use them all the time for slow cooked meats; it makes the shredding process super fast and simple. 

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE THESE OTHER SOUP RECIPES! 

Here is the only chicken tortilla soup recipe you'll ever need! This super easy slow cooker chicken tortilla soup requires less than 10 minutes of prep work and makes meals for the week super easy with the ability to cook extra chicken with the soup for other meals during the week. Hearty, flavorful, and full of chicken, veggies and spices! | THE LOVE NERDS #slowcookersoup #crockpotsoup #easysouprecipes

Now it’s time to enjoy this Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup!

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Slow Cooker

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Slow Cooker

Yield: 7 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe made in the slow cooker with fresh chicken, tomatoes, chiles, black beans, corn, onions, low sodium chicken broth and spices!

Ingredients

  • 1 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts, (add more chicken for leftovers if desired)
  • 28-32 oz Chicken Broth, (I use Low Sodium Swanson Chicken Broth)
  • 2 cans Rotel Original
  • 2 cans Black Beans , (drained)
  • 1 can Fresh Kernel Corn, (drained)
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • Tortilla Chip Strips or Tortilla Chips

Suggested Toppings

  • Mexican Blend Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Cilantro
  • Green Onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Add Rotel, black beans, corn, chopped onion, spices, and chicken broth in slow cooker.
  2. Place the cleaned chicken onto the top of the ingredients. Make sure most of the chicken is submerged in the broth.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 6 hours.
  4. About 30 minutes before you eat, take out the chicken and shred. The chicken should just fall apart. Put the shredded chicken back in the pot, stir, and let it cook on low until you are ready to eat. 
  5. Add Tortilla Chips and any other desired toppings and enjoy! 

Comments

  1. Susan Feren says

    September 18, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    This looks so good! But, what is Rotel? Is it a bean? I would really like to make this, but not sure if I can find this ingredient. Thanks!

  2. Lindsay says

    November 15, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I looked online with many chicken tortilla recipes. I tried this one and the family loves it! It even tastes just as good reheated for lunch the next day. We had a bonfire last night and I made it on the stove with a rotisserie chicken. Thanks!!!!!

  3. Danielle Driscoll says

    April 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Yum! Aren’t crock pots the best. I make something similar in mine. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

    • thelovenerds says

      April 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks so much, Jen! I hope you end up loving it as much as we do. It really is our favorite soup recipe.

  4. Amy B. says

    April 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    YUMMY. I’m so looking forward to a summer and fall of delicious soups when I get back to the states! I’ll be sure to give this a try since I am a big crock pot fan – I think it would be good with tiny bits of avocado too!

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