Warm up on a chilly fall night with this easy chicken tortilla soup. Just toss the ingredients in a Crock Pot and dinner is ready when you are. You will love how easy this hearty soup recipe is to make!
Who else loves soup season? Seriously, the cooler fall weather makes dinner so easy. Just pop a bunch of ingredients in your Crock Pot, let it cook all day and you have a quick and easy soup dinner. Plan soup for at least one dinner each week like broccoli potato cheese soup or spinach and mushroom tortellini soup . Make extra to freeze or have for lunch the next day.
Your family will love this chicken tortilla soup. It’s like chicken tacos in a bowl! Plus you probably have most of the ingredients on hand most of the time so it’s a great dinner idea for when you’re stuck on what to make.
What’s in Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Not only is this crock pot recipe super easy to make but you also don’t need a lot of fancy ingredients. In fact, the ingredient list is full of common every day staples. When combined though, they make one great soup!
To make this recipe you will need:
- taco seasoning
- bell pepper
- diced tomatoes
- chicken broth
- cheese, cilantro, sour cream and tortillas for topping
Chicken – We love to use chicken thighs for this crock pot soup, but chicken breasts work just as well. You only need a pound of chicken. I have used frozen and thawed chicken. The only thing that changes is the cook time.
Taco seasoning – For the taco seasoning, you can use the packet or make your own homemade taco seasoning. It’s a pretty simple spice recipe and great to have on hand. Plus, it’s cheaper than the store version!
Onion – When it comes to the veggies – use whatever kind of onion you have or prefer. I love sweet onion only because it doesn’t make my eyes water when I cut it. HA!
Corn and tomatoes – Frozen, fresh or canned corn all work great for this recipe. Whichever you prefer or have on hand.
Chicken broth – You can use chicken broth, bone broth or even vegetable broth in this crock pot dinner.
How to make chicken tortilla soup
Place chicken in the bottom of a 6 quart Crock Pot. Don’t worry if you forget to thaw the chicken. You can use frozen or thawed chicken. Both boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs will work, but thighs cook best in the slow cooker as they don’t dry out quite as much.
Liberally sprinkle taco seasoning over the chicken. You can use store bought taco seasoning or make your own seasoning using this Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe. Make a batch of the seasoning and keep it in your spice pantry for quick and easy use whenever you need it.
Next, cover the chicken with the onion, bell pepper, tomatoes and corn. Again, you can use fresh, frozen or canned. Whatever you have on hand will work.
Finally, pour in the chicken broth. Just like the taco seasoning, you can use store bought or homemade chicken broth. Put the cover on the Crock Pot and cook. If you are using frozen chicken, cook on high for 6-8 hours. If your are using thawed chicken, cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
When the cooking time is done, shred the chicken with two forks and allow to cool slightly. At this point, you can also turn the Crock Pot on warm and let the soup sit until you’re ready to serve.
How to make chicken taco soup in the Instant Pot
Want to make this recipe even faster? Use your Instant Pot! To make this chicken taco soup in your Instant Pot –
- Place your chicken in the bottom of your inner pot.
- Add your seasonings on top of the chicken.
- Place the onion, corn and tomatoes over that.
- Pour in the chicken broth.
- Seal your Instant Pot and cook on high for 10 minutes.
- Allow your Instant Pot to naturally release pressure.
- Shred the chicken and add it back to the pot.
- Serve with your favorite toppings.
When you’re ready to eat, spoon into bowls and top with cheese, cilantro and sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips on the side for a little extra crunch.
Chicken tortilla soup is a great recipe to use for a party or pot luck. It’d also be an easy dinner to make on Halloween to eat before, during or after trick or treating. Just leave in the Crock Pot on warm for your family and friends to eat as they get hungry.
How to store leftovers
Place any leftover soup in an airtight container, preferable a tupperware with a lid, in the fridge. This soup will keep for 3-4 days, if sealed properly. Reheat in the microwave.
Can I freeze this soup?
Yup! You absolutely can! Allow the soup to cool completely. Then place the cooled soup in a large Ziplock bag. Place the bag on a cookie sheet and flash freeze until solid. Remove the cookie sheet and place the bag back in the freezer. This soup will keep in the freezer for 3 months.
Allow to thaw in the fridge and reheat in the microwave.
- 1 pound chicken, breasts or thighs
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes, with juice
- 14 ounces of corn, frozen or canned
- 32 ounces chicken broth
- 1 cup of cheese of choice
- cilantro, sour cream and tortilla chips for topping
Nutritional information does not include tortilla chips. It also assumes 1/4 cup of cheese and 1 tablespoon sour cream.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Cholesterol: 68mgSodium: 749mgCarbohydrates: 14.8gFiber: 1.6gSugar: 11.7gProtein: 22.9g
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