Cooking Time:6-8 hours on Low, 3-4 hours on High
Ingredients1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
15 oz. whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
10 oz. enchilada sauce, canned
1 medium onion, chopped
4 oz. can green chilis, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups water
14.5 oz. chicken broth, canned
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 bay leaf
10 oz. corn, frozen
1 T. cilantro, chopped
1/2 of lime juice
7 corn tortillas
If you like Chicken Tortilla Soup then this slow cooker recipe is a must make! The longer you let the soup simmer the more flavor it has and like many soups, the leftovers are even better!
2/24/15 – UPDATE: I just made this recipe on ABC 15 in Phoenix! Please see the video HERE!
- Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, and garlic into a 6-Quart Slow Cooker.
- Pour in water and chicken broth and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.
- Stir in corn and cilantro.
- Cover. Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours.
- Remove chicken and shred, then place back into the slow cooker. Add the juice of 1/2 of a lime and stir.
- Serve in bowls topped with optional ingredients like tortilla strips, sour cream and avocado.
For Tortillas: (You can buy tortilla chips or make your own!)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Brush both sides of small corn tortillas lightly with oil.
- Cut tortillas into strips, lay out on a baking sheet. (a pizza cutter works great for cutting)
- Bake about 10 – 15 minutes in preheated oven until crisp.
- Serve tortilla strips over soup.
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I tried this recipe twice, the second time i added some smoked sausage (or chorizo) to it. Both ways it is AMAZING.
Thanks for the endorsement Domenica! It is amazing isn’t it… we just love it too! Happy Crocking!
I don’t cook the chicken or shred it. Let it cook in the crockpot and it easily breaks apart when stirred. Swanson now makes a tortilla soup flavored broth that I use. Love to crock!
Made this yesterdY and it was delicious! The family loved it! I actually put the chicken in the pot frozen since I was short on time and shredded it later when cooked. Enjoyed it so much. Thanks for sharing!
It is delicious isn’t it Tammy, so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for posting!
I LOVE chicken tortilla soup. I am going to make some of this tonight! Thanks for the recipe.
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I also had the chicken cook in the crockpot. After serving in bowls I add shredded Monterrey Jack and slices of avocadoes.
So it is okay to just add the raw chicken with all other ingredients and let it all cook together? I just want to be sure since it is chicken. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be.
This has been a favorite of mine for years. Also a great recipe to “play around” with! I made this today in fact. Yesterday I cooked the chicken in chicken broth in my smaller crock, shredded it, that way it was all ready today to put into the soup. I love veggies so I also added a chopped red bell pepper, chopped green bell pepper, and chopped poblano pepper. In the past I’ve added zucchini as well (forgot it at the store this time). I also add several dashes of my favorite hot sauce. This is definitely a winner be… Read more »
This soups sounds delicious! But, I don’t like too much heat. How hot are the green chilli peppers? Thxs
Nicole to remove the heat, you can eliminate the green chiles or just use half the can. Enjoy! Happy Crocking!
Are you using a 7qt crock for this recipe? I was wondering if I could double the recipe & still get it in my 7qt?
Natalie I believe a 7 qt slow cooker will work for doubling. Rule of thumb is that a slow cooker will be 1/2 to 2/3 full to crock properly. It may be a little more than this, but because it is soup you should be fine. Good Luck and Happy Crocking!
I’ve been looking for a recipe that is like what I think chicken tortilla soup really is…and I think I found it today, thank you! I’m about to put this in my crock, can’t wait to see how I like it! Here’s hoping!
I really like the recipe minus the corn. It changes the flavor entirely and a little less enchilada sauce. I use the knorr’s chicken broth added to the original broth to give it more flavor. A bit of cooked rice could be added instead of the corn.
This is my first recipe ever in the crockpot I’m hopeful… But what is garlic cloves minced… I found minced garlic n regular garlic cloves dry and In a glass jar might sound stupid but I don’t know much about cooking… Is it ok to use chicken legs instead of breasts ? .. Just wondering ,.. Do you Have to boil the chicken first ?
Meg you can use what chicken you would like, you would need to remove meat from the chicken legs and de-bone, but this taste would still be delicious. The dry garlic cloves is what this recipe is calling for, and you put them through a garlic press, but to substitute you can also used the garlic salt, just know that the garlic salt is 3 times more intense than a garlic clove so you will not want to use a lot, this is just a suggesting if you don’t want to invest in a garlic press. I will tell you… Read more »
Add in some chunked up avocado….Yummers!
I made grits for this as well. Cook seperTly, then place on bottom of bowl before serving soup.
I add a can of Bush black beans (drained and rinsed) to mine.
Where is all the fiber coming from? It looks like a pretty high number but there are no beans or anything that looks like it provides that much fiber. I will definitely be trying this soon – my husband loves Chicken Tortilla Soup and I love crock pot recipes
I w just wandering if you could add black beans.and not so much heat is that alright!
Hi Dianne, you can make this recipe your own. Some people don’t like the heat, so yes season it to your liking. If you used canned black beans, you should add them about one hour before serving. If they are dry, make sure you soak them and wash them, then you should add them at the beginning! Enjoy and Happy Crocking! I love this soup! 🙂
If I wanted to add beans, can I do it in the beginning ? I just got it for xmas and only used it once…. Not sure with certain things…. Lol
Hi Nicolle, first of all welcome to Slow Cooker Cooking! It depends on what beans you are adding, if you are adding a can of beans, (pretty much already cooked) you might want to add it about one hour before you are serving. If they are dry beans, and you have soaked them, and cleaned them, then you should add them in the beginning. Hope this helps you! Enjoy and Happy Crocking!
i like to print the recipes so i have them in the kitchen. am i missing a PRINT OPTION??
You are Debbie… If you scroll down about half way down the page on the website you will see a Share and Enjoy section, and the first icon is a print friendly option. Happy to share!
Is it okay if it doesn’t look like the picture? Mine is red.
For some reason my soup was not thick at all. I had to use instant potato flakes to get it to the right consistency. The picture looks like the soup is thicker, is that an actual picture from this recipe or does this recipe create a thinner soup?
Marked “excellent” because it was very delicious and my husband and son ate it up. It’s not exactly what I’m looking for in a chicken tortilla soup – I didn’t care for the enchilada sauce flavor in particular. I’m going to try the other chicken tortilla soup recipe on this site and compare. But it was very yummy and a hit.
You might want to update your ingredient list for this recipe because it does not tell you in the list that you need a line but in the cooking directions it tells you to use lime juice at the end.
Thanks Nyree! I did edit the ingredient list! Appreciate you letting me know… Happy Crocking! 🙂