Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

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 2012 is tomorrow! WOW! This year has been a good one to my family.  I am so excited to see what next year has in store for us :) I hope you all have a fun and safe new years tonight, filled with great food and company!

To me, there is nothing more comforting on a cold winter day than a nice warm bowl of soup.  I was browsing the internet last week for recipes for this week’s menu.  I stumbled upon this recipe and immediately jotted it down on my grocery list.  The good thing about this recipe, is most of us have all the ingredients on hand!  My hubby raved about how delicious this recipe was and we both agree that this will be cycled into our dinner rotation!The other great thing about this recipe is that it literally took 10 minutes to throw together.  Open all the cans, dump them in the crock pot, stir in the spices, stick in the raw chicken breasts and let the crock pot do its magic.  Seriously.  How easy is that?!

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2 chicken boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cans Ro-Tel (I like the lime & cilantro, but the regular is fine)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn
1 onion, chopped
2 cans low-sodium chicken broth
1-2 cups of water
1 Tbsp garlic powder*
1 Tbsp chile powder*
1 Tbsp ground cumin*
1 Tbsp dried cilantro*
tortilla chips
sour cream
shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

Instead of these spices, you could include a packet of Taco seasoning if you prefer.*

Put chopped onion, cans of beans, rotel, corn, chicken broth, water, and spices in CrockPot and stir to mix. Put chicken breasts on top of mixture and make sure they’re at least partly submerged in liquid. Cook on high 6-7 hours or low 8-9 hours. Before serving remove the chicken breasts from soup and shred, if needed, (sometimes they’ll just fall apart on their own, but sometimes they need some help). Return chicken to CrockPot, stir to combine.

To serve put a few tortilla chips in the bottom of a bowl, ladle soup over tortilla chips, top with shredded cheddar cheese, and a dollop of sour cream, serve with more chips if you like.


(recipe from: Miller Musings)


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  1. Luma

    sounds delicious!it's 2012 now in Australia! (it's 1:30AM) happy new year!

  2. SnoWhite

    What a tasty recipe! Looks like a perfect one for tonight - or for the superbowl. I love crockpot recipes for days with family & friends -- makes it so much fun to enjoy the time with them. Have a blessed NYE - and a great 2012! I'm looking forward to more of your delicious recipes in the new year.

  3. Roxy

    I love tortilla soup, I can't wait to try it in the crock pot! Thanks, I lLOVE your blog!

  4. Jada

    I love easy recipes! I pinned it!

  5. mamawolfe

    I was just looking for a slow cooker recipe like this-thanks!

  6. The Allen Family

    Love crock pot recipes!! And this looks fabulous. Pinning now to make later this week. Thanks!!

  7. Asia

    Happy New Year! I love Chef in Training!


    Wow, I can't believe were in 2012 and in January! The soup looks wonderful,nothing like having a hot bowl of soup on a cold, poopy day! Happy New Years!

  9. KY

    Oh YUM! I kid you not, we went to Outback Steakhouse 3 nights ago and I had their chicken tortilla soup. During bites I told myself to remember to look for a recipe when I got home and I totally forgot all about it until seeing this now. I am all about crock pot recipes, and I can't wait to try this out!!! Thank you for sharing I can't wait to share your site and recipe with my blog :)

  10. Anonymous

    I made this last night, and it was very, very good. I had a box of chicken broth, so used the whole container and skipped the water. Delicious and so easy. This will become part of our regular dinner rotation.

  11. Rachel {}

    This looks so yummy!!! I love Tortilla soup!!! I have a project party every weekend if you want to join here.. Have a great day! -Rachel

  12. Megan.West

    Oh. Em. Gee. I made this recipe a few days ago and still CAN NOT stop raving about this!!! IT IS AMAZING! Thank you for bringing this into my life!

  13. Rebekah

    Does anyone know the serving size for this soup? I have it in the crock pot now for dinner tonight and I'm trying to figure out the Weight Watchers points plus value for this? Thanks!!

  14. Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor

    This looks and sounds so yummy! I am going to try it tomorrow for dinner! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Katherine B

    am gonna raid my pantry and then go to store and try this tomorrow...will let you know how yummy it is. My local deli makes this but only on Tuesdays so it'll be nice to do it myself!

  16. Katherine B

    OMG-I made this tonight (tweaked it just a tad) and it was a hit!! Will be posting about tomorrow afternoon on my blog and of course crediting back to this blog! Thank you and my stomach thanks you too!

  17. Anonymous

    I found this on pinterest and had to try. I made two versions though a vegetarian and a chicken, both came out fantastic!! i will be sharing this with a link to here on my blog also to share this awesome recipe with others, great job!

  18. Anonymous

    i made this today, and smelled amazing, and tasted even better! it was a great way to warm up in this cold weather. thanks!

  19. Anonymous

    This is absolutely delish! THank you for sharing :)

  20. Anonymous

    I made this today, found the recipe on Pinterest. It was so good! Husband, who is NOT a soup fan, LOVED it!! Two thumbs up, chef.

  21. Anonymous

    This was amazing! We added some velveeta cheese and it was so delicious. Thank you!

  22. PatsGal

    Elizabeth I used just a box of the Swanson (or can use whatever brand) chicken broth and it turned out well..skip the water though is my tip! I tried it with water last time and was actually not flavorful enough...probably because I used the whole box of chicken broth! My husband loved it and is asking for it again already!

  23. BritHammerberg

    Thank you so much! I tried this recipe and blogged about it. I credited your lovely site :)

  24. Anonymous

    Im makin this as we speak im invitin my parentsover for dinner and 2 cups of water just doesnt look enough I put both cans of broth,,,should I add more water?

  25. Anonymous

    I made this for my family this weekend. Added a little lite sour cream and a few thin tortilla strips too. So so yummy. I doubled the recipe and we have been eating on it for the last two days. Heck, it was my breakfast this morning!!! Yummy!! And yes, it freezes and rewarms wonderfully!

  26. sarah lata

    Made tonight...will definately make again. Doubled the black beans/ no kidney beans, and did not add any water. Have made many versions of this soup, and I always feel they do not need any water. Topped w/ avocado, shredded cheddar, sour cream, and tortilla strips.

  27. Anonymous

    I made the soup and substituted a can of white meat chicken breast. It was absolutely delicious. Had it with sour cream, cheddar cheese and tortilla chips. Will make this often. Husband loved it.

  28. Food-Friendly

    Looks fabulous. This is my all-time favorite soup. But, how would you make this if you didn't have a crock pot?

  29. Anonymous

    I made this for dinner tonight. It is wonderful! I will definitely keep this recipe!!!

  30. Anonymous

    Made this tonight and it was delish. My crockpot only fits 2 quarts so I didn't have room for the extra water, but it honestly didn't need it. I think it was more flavorful that way. Thanks so much!

  31. Mrs. Frink

    Everyone is still patting my back with this meal...although I keep insisting that it was almost as simple as fixing a bowl of cereal. I mean, my family practically gave me a standing ovation. Like others have commented, I did not add the extra water and used a box of broth instead. Divine.

  32. Anonymous

    I made this recipe last night exactly as is and it was FANTASTIC!!! Definately a keeper!!!

  33. :o)

    I made this today and it was absolutely delicious! Very simple to put together. I chose to pre-cook my beans instead of using canned, and also replaced canned corn with 1.5cups of frozen. Turned out wonderfully! Thank you for sharing ;o)

  34. Jia

    Did you use small cans or the big cans on the vegetables?

  35. Hannah

    You list "2 cans of chicken broth." How many cups would you say that is?

    1. Renee

      Dumb question, but do I cook the chicken first?

  36. Joanna

    Made this soup tonight; it was everything a slow cooker meal should be (easy, no-fuss, tasty, and comforting)! If you're a spicy food fanatic like me I suggest adding 1 tsp of red pepper flakes and 1 tsp of ground red pepper for some heat. I also wished I had lime wedges for serving-- next time!

    1. Renee

      Did you cook the chicken first?

    2. Becky

      I have this in the crock pot right now, but it is looking too watery. Has anyone else had this problem? I put in the 2 cans of chicken broth and only 1 cup of water. Hope it turns out.

  37. Lauren

    Hello just wondering how many ml or oz the cans of broth and ro-tel are?

  38. Megan

    Wow, this looks so yummy!! Do you cook your chicken before you put it in the crock pot? Thank you for sharing.

  39. Holly

    Do you think I can substitute a jar or 2 of salsa for the ro-tel? Just wondering since I have some salsa, but i don't have any ro-tel. Let me know what you think!

    1. MAC

      I am wondering what type of Ro-Tel you use and what size. .diced tomatoes? tomato sauce? Our store sells a big variety of Ro-Tel brand products.

  40. Faith Still

    What size cans of chicken broth? I use a lot of homemade broth. Can you estimate how many cups of chicken broth this recipe takes?


  41. Michelle

    Made this tonight... de-lish!! DH went back for seconds, that's saying a lot! Very good recipe.

  42. Sena

    Does anyone know if you can use frozen chicken breast?

  43. amber

    This looks so good and i would really like to make it. But first i would like to know if you need to cook the chicken first or can you just put it in the crock pot frozen or thawed?? I would really appreciate if someone can let me know! : )

    1. Chef in Training

      You just put it in raw. Frozen or thawed would work, but if you use frozen you may need to adjust the cooking time a little bit. Let me know if you have any more questions :)

  44. lindsay

    Hi! This looks wonderful! It is being included in a recipe collection of slow cooker meals here

  45. Julie

    Do the cans need to be drained or do you just dump them in?

  46. Kristy

    Loved it! I used the spicy Rotel to give it a lil' kick... So good!

  47. Kim

    This was delish! I added a bunch of fresh cilantro, some minced garlic, garbonzo beans and extra black beans just to make it a little heartier:). Also before serving I added 2 squeezed limes just by I love the lime flavor in Mexican soups. Thanks for a great recipe!!!

  48. Nicole S

    Oh yum yum yum! Thank you so much for this recipe! My husband and I have decided we could eat this every night and not get sick of it!

  49. Nicole

    Just delicious! I finally got around to making Chicken Tortilla Soup using my new crockpot and this was a great first meal! I'm a college student, so I simplified by using the taco seasoning and also Cream of Chicken in place of broth. I also cooked my own tortilla strips. As it was cooking I constantly had to do taste tests and couldn't stop myself with one bowl when it was finished. It was nice to just dump in a bunch of cans and let cook until dinner. Thanks for the recipe!

  50. Janice Daniell

    Made this soup and it is delis!!!! Used the regular rotel tomato's, not the lime. Then I am not a hugh garlic fan so I used 1/2 teaspoon of garlic not the 1 tablespoon.. I will be making this over and over again. Also this is low cal for a good tasting soup!

  51. Cindy

    Can you tell me how many servings ths makes and how many calories per serving?

  52. Lorna Allen

    My daughter made this for her son's 2nd birthday party after she found it on good!!
    There was not a drop left and everyone commented on the delicious soup.
    Thanks so much! We will use this one often;()

  53. Laurie

    Can you use dry beans in this recipe?

  54. MamaJ

    Hi! Just made this yesterday - love it! I am new to crockpotting and this was so easy. FYI, based on 1.25 cup servings, this would serve about 8 - 3 WW points a serving!

  55. Allison

    Hi there! I stumbled upon your blog last week and immediately copied down about 15 of your slow-cooker recipes- we made this one last night and LOVED it! The house smelled amazing when we got home from work and my husband (who isn't a huge fan of soup as a whole meal) went back for seconds and asked if he could take leftovers to work today for lunch! #win. This has totally made our list of favorite dinners- thanks so much!

  56. Naomi

    Recipe was YUMMY!!! I added green chilies for that little extra flavour. Very GOOD

  57. Vesna

    Hello ... love your website! I live in Alberta, Canada and have no clue what "rotel" is?? Also, how large are any of thes cans? They come in all sizes. Thank you so much and keep the great recipes coming!!!