Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Chicken Tortilla Soup is a common recipe for our family. I usually buy a box from boneless, boneless chicken breasts or a cooked Rotisserie chicken each week.

It can be used to cook a variety of meals, making the preparation easy and quick. It’s a great recipe for chicken tortilla soup. The chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is tasty, easy to prepare, and is made up of ingredients and spices that are probably already in your kitchen.

You can also personalize this recipe by adding all of your most favorite ingredients and toppings. I like adding fresh cold cheeses and toppings.

One of the main reasons I am in love with this recipe is the fact that I can put all the ingredients in my slow cooker and let it cook throughout all day long, which allows the flavors to combine and marinate.

I’m able to get on with my day, and I don’t have to worry about it and it makes my room smell divine. I would suggest serving it hot with some shredded cheese over it and plenty of freshly chopped, cold vegetables to create a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth soup.

You can prepare a big portion for consumption over the course of a few days or put a small portion of it to freeze for future use.

Find the complete recipe and instructions below and some suggestions for making variations.

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
15 min 5 hr 5 hr 15 m


  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 c. frozen corn
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 15-oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. freshly chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 c. shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 small corn tortillas, cut into strips
  • Sliced avocado, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. In a large slow cooker, combine the chicken, black beans, corn, peppers, onion, fire-roasted tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, and chicken broth.
  2. Cover and cook on low until the chicken is cooked, tender, and falling apart, about 5 to 6 hours.
  3. Pull the chicken from the pot, and shred it with a fork. Then place the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker.
  4. Top soup with Monterey Jack cheese and cover to let it melt, about 5 minutes more.
  5. Meanwhile, make the tortilla crisps: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add tortilla strips, and cook until crispy and golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer the tortilla strips onto a paper towel-lined plate, and season with salt.
  6. Serve the soup topped with tortilla crisps, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and lime juice.




  1. You can make this recipe a vegetarian option by omitting the chicken. The spices and flavors will still blend together well.
  2. If you’re strapped for time, you can prepare this recipe faster by cooking it in a pot on the stove. This is where a fully-cooked rotisserie chicken comes in handy.
  3. You can use any of your favorite shredded cheeses. Cheddar cheese is delicious too.
  4. If you don’t have fresh corn tortillas, you can also crumble up tortilla chips to place over the top of your soup.
  5. For a spicy version, you can add any spicy salsa to the slow cooker, or just add salsa to individual bowls before serving.
  6. To try out more delicious soups, check out our Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe, Panera Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, and Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Recipe.


Is Chicken Tortilla Soup unhealthy?

There are times when soups may be dense and heavy, However, this soup made of chicken tortillas is lighter than most soups, making it a fantastic nutritious meal for the entire family.

But being healthy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bland. The spice mix, enchilada sauce, and green chilies give this soup the best flavor.

What is chicken tortilla soup made of?

The soup of Tortilla is Mexican in origin that is made using a tomatoes (or chicken) base. It typically has ingredients such as beans, corn, and sometimes other ingredients such as jalapenos and cilantro. The dish is then simmered, and served with tortilla strips, and whatever else you’d like to include.

How do you thicken tortilla soup?

If you want to make more soup consistency You can make it thicker in a variety of ways. You can add more ingredients to make the broth to be more reliant depending on ingredients.

Use a thickening agent, such as cornstarch, a roux masa, or other types of flour such as tapioca flour, potato flour, or Arrowroot flour.

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