Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Let your slow cooker do the hard work. Throw the ingredients for this creamy chicken tortilla soup into your slow cooker and you’ll have a hearty and flavorful soup. Don’t forget the toppings!

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When that many pieces of a puzzle finally come together to create something amazing, it’s quite satisfying. Which is why you should not be scared by the lengthy list of ingredients for the recipe for this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup. Almost all of the ingredients are thrown into the slow cooker together and the remaining few are added at the end or sprinkled on top just before serving. And to prove it, there are only three steps. Let the slow cooker do the rest.

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Serves 6-8



1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 quarts reduced sodium chicken broth

2 (14.5 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

1 (14.5 oz.) can crushed tomatoes

1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies

1 yellow onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp cumin

2 tsp chili powder

1 Tbsp dried oregano

1 cup frozen corn

4 corn tortillas, cut into strips

Heaping 1/2 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (I used 2% Chobani)

Salt and pepper, to taste


Cubed avocado

Shredded colby-jack cheese

Fresh cilantro

Crushed tortilla chips


  1. In a 6-8 quart slow cooker combine all ingredients except the frozen corn, tortillas, sour cream and salt and pepper. Cook on low for 7 hours.
  2. With 30 minutes left, remove chicken, shred or chop into tiny pieces, and return to the slow cooker. Mix in the corn, sliced tortillas, and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve with more sour cream (or Greek yogurt), avocado, cheddar cheese, cilantro, and crushed tortilla chips.

Source: Adapted slightly from Eat, Live, Run.


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