Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

by Erin

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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Yesterday afternoon I saw an e-mail that made my tear ducts come to life. Not out of sadness, but instead from pure happiness. The day has finally come – you can now PubMed me! AaaahAAaaAhahAhhhhh!! Here’s to hoping that having this publication under my belt will help me out in the job search.

Click here to read a lot of jargon—> My glorious research paper

If I remember correctly, I first submitted this paper around mid-September 2013. Six months for two revisions with countless figure modifications for new data per reviewers’ requests. I will tell you what though, the biggest pain in the butt was figuring out how to reformat the pictures for my figures to be the correct resolution, size, file type, and lacking alpha channels (wherever the heck those things came from or even what they are). But hey, now I know how to do it for my second paper pending publication. Mastering Adobe Photoshop one scientific figure at a time. And popping open a bottle of wine to celebrate!

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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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Yield: 6-8 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 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.
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Source: Adapted slightly from Eat, Live, Run.

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Cheryl April 4, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Made this for dinner tonight, my family loved it!! Thank you for sharing it :)

spiffycookie April 5, 2014 - 1:48 am

So glad to hear it Cheryl!

Joanne April 3, 2014 - 6:46 am

Yay!!! I’m so excited and I’m definitely sure that will help in your job search!!

Now let’s celebrate with soup! This looks amazing and I love that it’s a slow cooker meal.

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) April 2, 2014 - 11:16 am

OK this soup looks absolutely fantastic! I’m seriously in love and the slow cooker bonus is fantastic!

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 2, 2014 - 10:27 am

This is totally my kind of weeknight meal! Spicy, scrumptious and SO easy. Love it!

Zainab @ Blahnik Baker April 2, 2014 - 9:31 am

YAY!! Congratulations!!! I just read the abstract and I am so clueless. Your work sounds so complicated. I know how hard it is to have a paper published. Great great job!!!!

spiffycookie April 2, 2014 - 9:56 am

Thanks! And I’m sure I would be clueless if I read the abstract to one of your papers too. The joys of being fully immersed in a tiny niche.

Traci April 2, 2014 - 9:00 am

Congratulations on being published. That is HUGE and I know it takes so much work. I had a professor last semester who was so excited to show us she got published after several years of trying. Great job, and good looking recipe to by the way. :)


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