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Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup

This super easy crockpot tortilla soup is simple, wholesome, and great for meal prep. Slow cooker tortilla soup is one of our favorite crockpot soup recipes.

pin showing the finished slow cooker tortilla soup ready to eat.

You can make each bowl unique with a variety of toppings!

I'd never had tortilla soup, so I gave Stephanie‘s Crockpot Tortilla Soup a try. I tweaked it a little for my family (this is a less-spicy version so my kids will eat it). Now our Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup is one of our favorites, and it's in the rotation.

This is one of those recipes that is nice and warm (and healthy) for cold winter days. It's family friendly, easy to make, and perfect for sharing!

Can I use any Crockpot to make this recipe?

You can! I like to use a 6 or 8 quart version so that there's plenty of room. Feel free to scale the recipe up or down to suit your needs.

You can also use an Instant Pot on the slow cooker setting or a pot on the stovetop if you prefer to do things that way!

Slow cooker chicken tortilla soup in a red mug bowl on yellow placemat

Here's what you'll need to make this simple soup recipe:

This recipe uses simple ingredients. Chicken, you can use thighs or breasts, some celery, onion, corn, carrots. We will also need RoTel tomatoes and green chilies, cloves, crushed red pepper flakes. To add flavor we use some cumin, chicken broth, and some salt and pepper to taste.

You can also add some sour cream, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips. Tortilla strips and anything else you might like on a taco will go well too!

How to make chicken and broth for this tortilla soup:

I've made this Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup twice now doing a two-step process. That way takes 2 days (or one long day).

Usually I buy the .98/lb chicken thighs (bone-in), and cook them in the crockpot with a little onion, carrots, celery. I use 6 cups of water.

Then I let that cook for 8 hours on low. Then that gives me homemade chicken broth plus a bunch of cooked meat. It takes only 2 thighs to get 1 cup of cooked chicken.

Then I freeze the cooked shredded chicken and use it for quesadillas, salads, or soups.

Printable Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup Recipe:

Here is a printable version of our finished slow cooker tortilla soup. It's great for saving for use at a later date or just for a one-page way to see what you need and how to make the recipe.

Yield: 8 Servings

Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup

chicken tortilla soup in red mug with spoon

This easy and delicious slow cooker tortilla soup is perfect for family dinner nights, meal prep, and more!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery and carrots (optional)
  • 2 cans Ro-Tel tomatoes with green chiles (in lieu of cayenne)
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • for garnish: sour cream, shredded cheese, tortilla chips/strips


  1. Dump all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10, until onions are tender.


It tastes even better the next day, if we have leftovers. I serve it with some cornbread on the side.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 486mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g

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Monday 23rd of April 2012

how many thighs do you put in with the 6 cups of water?


Monday 23rd of April 2012

I just squeeze in as many as will fit! Usually the big pack is 3-4 lbs, so I use almost all of them in my 6qt slow cooker.

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Monday 23rd of April 2012

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Monday 13th of February 2012

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Friday 13th of January 2012

Dude--- you are alllll over Pinterest!!!!


Tuesday 3rd of January 2012

Arria, I've used all kinds of chicken broth--cubes, powder, canned/boxed or homemade. Just 3 cups however you get it! :)

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