Chicken Tortilla Soup in the slow cooker by
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 15 mins
Chicken tortilla soup in the slow cooker, with the option to lighten it up with reduced-sodium tomatoes and chicken broth.
Servings: 4 - 6 servings
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 0
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