Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Throw it all in the slow cooker and let this tortilla soup cook through the day.  In the last few minutes before serving, bake up some crispy tortilla strips for the win!

Chicken Tortilla Soup in the slow cooker by

January is the month where we all resolve to be more healthy and try to detox from the consumption of Christmas cookies and too much celebratory alcohol.  But, in December, although I was definitely eating my fair share of sweets and treats, I was being somewhat good in the dinner category.  My friend, Nicole, helped me with this.

I bought Nicole’s cookbook, Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking, this summer but really dove into it last month when wanting to make a few dishes that were more on the lighter side and balance out the holiday feasting.  The weather’s cold even in Mississippi and I wanted the comfort food aspect, so I chose to make her recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Throwing everything into a slow cooker and forgetting about it until the last few minutes is the way to go!  I also enjoyed baking my own tortilla strips, which is easy as can be!  Try it, you’ll feel proud of this simple accomplishment and feel good about the food you’re eating.  🙂

P.S. – Want to hear more about my day to day schedule?  Head on over to Rachel Cooks where she’s featuring me in her “A Day in the Life” series today!  🙂

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken tortilla soup in the slow cooker, with the option to lighten it up with reduced-sodium tomatoes and chicken broth.

  • 1.25 to 1.75 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10 oz.) can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chicken broth
  • 1 to 2 chipotles in adobo sauce (from a can), minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • Oil spray
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Avocado
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded cheese

Combine all of the ingredients listed, through the bay leaf, in a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours, or on high for 3 to 4 hours.

When there is about 20 minutes left before serving, prepare the tortilla strips. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray each side of the tortillas with the oil spray, sprinkle with a small about of salt (optional). Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice each tortilla in half, then into 1/2-inch strips. Layer on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven, turning frequently, for 5-8 minutes, or until crispy. Remove from oven and let cool.

While the tortillas are baking, remove the cover from the slow cooker and discard the bay leaf. Use two forks to shred the chicken. Stir in the cilantro. Serve soup in individual bowls, topped with the tortilla strips and other optional toppings.

Recipe Source: Prevention RD's Everyday Healthy Cooking


The diced tomatoes and chicken broth can be substituted for a lower-sodium version to create a healthier soup. I'll leave it up to you to choose!

For a more kid-friendly (less spicy) soup, omit or use less of the green chiles and chipotle peppers.

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  1. All I can think about right now is soup with these cold temperatures. I swear the only way to stay warm is from the inside out. Chicken Tortilla is my favorite. And a slow cooker recipe, yea I will take that.

  2. Looks delicious! Perfect for this sub zero weather.

  3. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love love LOVE slow cooker meals right now. Lucy isn’t exactly “dinner preparation friendly” right now :/

  4. The soup sounds yummy — and that is about the most adorable bowl ever! [I am a bowl collector.] Happy New Year! ~Sally @DrinkingFromMySaucer

  5. I love a good tortilla soup! This looks wonderful and I love that is made in the slow cooker. Also, love that bowl! So cute.

  6. This looks phenomenal! Thanks for letting me pick your brain in my day in the life series! 🙂 xo

  7. LOVE this, Nikki! I did a quick easy recipe (stovetop) last week and I’m taking similar recipe to Abby’s high school teacher’s in 2 weeks. So yummy! Happy New Year!

  8. I’m always looking for new slow cooker recipes and this one sounds divine! Chicken tortilla is my favorite!

  9. Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try!

  10. I can’t decide what I love more…the sound of this soup or the cute owl bowl! 🙂

  11. I love any recipe that calls for chipotles! I need this soup asap… and that bowl! 🙂

  12. I’m making this tomorrow! I can’t wait it looks so yummy..

  13. Yummy! I’ve had other tortilla soups in the past and they were very bland, this soup was anything but!

  14. Can’t wait to try. Where can I get the cute owl bowl?

    • Nikki Gladd says:

      Hi Karen! My friend gifted it to me a few years ago, so I’m not quite sure! I think she mentioned she got it at Home Goods. 🙂

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