Super Easy Crock-pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Super easy and about as tasty as most tortilla soup recipes that you'll work a lot harder to make! This recipe sounds pedestrian, but it tastes much better than that.

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Servings: 6-8


Cost per serving $2.72 view details
  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • 2 15 oz cans of black beans (with liquid)
  • 2 15 oz cans Mexican Stewed or Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 cup salsa (your choice of spiciness, we use medium)
  • 4 oz can chopped green chiles
  • 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
  • Light tortilla chips or strips sliced or roughly chopped (optional)
  • 2 cups grated cheese (optional)
  • Chopped cilantro (optional)
  • Chopped avocado (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Lime wedges (optional)


  1. Combine all but last 6 (optional) ingredients in large slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5 hours.
  3. Just before serving remove chicken and cut into bite size pieces. Stir back into soup.
  4. Put chips, cheese, and any other optional ingredients in serving bowls with spoons. Ladle soup into bowls and let everyone add the toppings they like. Or add toppings yourself and serve to your guests if you prefer.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 409g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 814  
Calories from Fat 244 30%
Total Fat 27.59g 34%
Saturated Fat 12.59g 50%
Trans Fat 0.11g  
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 943mg 39%
Potassium 2502mg 71%
Total Carbs 85.87g 23%
Dietary Fiber 21.7g 72%
Sugars 6.22g 4%
Protein 58.55g 94%
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  • kathy gori
    a new chciken recipe is always a welcome addition!
    • laurel lee
      I made this for the family last night. Everyone (and this never happens) loved it. We had it for lunch today too - and still liked it - that never never happens. Thanks for this easy recipe - PERFECT for us!

      I used kidney beans for one of the cans of beans, and threw in frozen corn in the last hour. - which worked great. Mine was really thick - more like chili - - no complaints here!
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      This is a variation
      1 reply
      • John Spottiswood
        February 1, 2011
        Glad you liked it Laurel! We made this last year at the Hopkins' in Park City. Perfect on a cold winter day when you'd rather be doing something other than cooking.
      • Wendy Saxena-Smith
        loved it. even my picky eater ate more than I expected.
        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


        • Jann from PA
          March 19, 2011
          For those with limited energy: I think this would work well with just a few modifications. Definately use a cooked chicken (leftovers can be frozen). Toppings can be prepared ahead, and each person can add their own. If you are watching calories, just sprinkle a little cheese on top. Be careful with the sour cream (or use a low fat version, but some don't have as good a taste). Avocado, too, but it does have a good for you fat (same calories). Looks tasty!
          1 reply
          • John Spottiswood
            March 19, 2011
            Thanks for the detailed comment and suggestions, Jann!
          • John Spottiswood
            February 26, 2010
            Thanks Lauren. And thanks for all the great recipes you've been posting via your blog. They look awesome!
            • Lauren CoffeeMuffins
              February 26, 2010
              I love slow-cooker / crock-pot recipes, because they are always so easy. Thanks for another addition to my repertoire.
              1 reply
            • John Spottiswood
              February 26, 2010
              Hi Dianna. You are right. 115g of black beans have like 100 calories, not 450 calories. I think the software is assuming that these are dried beans (which have 4x as many calories per ounce as canned or cooked beans). I'll ping CookEatShare and have them fix this. You can assume aroung 300-500 calories per serving depending on how much cheese, chips, avocado, and/or sour cream you add!
              1 reply
              • February 26, 2010
                Thanks!!!! Then it's a definite add! Your recipes look awesome!
              • February 26, 2010
                This looks delicious and so easy, but I can't believe the calories are so high :( It looks really healthy, if you leave off some of the optionals, so I'm a bit confused....seems to be the beans that makeit that high. How big is a serving cupwise? It says 6 servings, so maybe it's assuming a bigger than I woudl normally have. I really want to make this, but it's too many cals for me to have in one meal at this time. Anybody have any thoughts on this?
                3 replies
                • Jann from PA
                  March 19, 2011
                  I can't seem to get the other 2 replies to appear, so forgive me, if I repeat something. It looks like the cheese is adding a lot of calories (choose a low fat version), and just sprinkle a little on the top. I also think the servings may be larger than I would eat as a calorie watcher. It looks like a good, filling, nutritious recipe!
                • John Spottiswood
                  February 26, 2010
                  Too funny you asked Trish. We've actually done that before...and we honestly could not taste the difference. Go for it!
                  • Trish da' Dish
                    February 26, 2010
                    This recipe looks great! For the ultimate lazy person (me), do you think that it would still be just as tasty if one simply bought a rotisserie chicken and shredded it into the Crock Pot?
                    1 reply
                  • Tracy Morris
                    February 26, 2010
                    John, gimme a day to find a good chicken to pluck.
                    • Catherine Pappas
                      February 25, 2010
                      This looks fantastic!
                      • brian b.
                        February 27, 2010
                        bring it on...
                        we will have a chicken throw down!
                        • John Spottiswood
                          February 23, 2010
                          Love it! Let's see what you've got, Tracy.
                          • Tracy Morris
                            February 23, 2010
                            hmmm... think this calls for a southwestern style chicken soup face-off...
                            2 replies

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