Marie's Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Marie's Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
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  • 7 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
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Marie's tortilla soup recipe is a very easy slow cooker soup. It takes just minutes to put the ingredients together in the slow cooker and then it cooks hands-free for about 7 hours. This is the perfect soup to come home to on a chilly fall or winter evening.

Top the soup with crispy tortilla chips, extra shredded cheese, and some fresh chopped cilantro or green onions. Or top servings with a small spoonful of guacamole or sour cream.

What You'll Need

  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • 3 medium tomatoes (peeled, seeded and chopped)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 mild green chile, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 corn tortillas, halved and cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese, a tablespoon or two for each serving
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh
  • Garnish: cilantro or Italian flat-leaf parsley

How to Make It

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into bite-size cubes.
  2. Combine chicken breasts, onion, garlic, tomatoes, broth, salt, freshly ground black pepper, and green chile pepper in the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add the tortilla strips and cook, stirring, until crisp; drain on paper towels.
  5. If desired, put a tablespoon or 2 of shredded Monterey Jack cheese in each serving bowl.
  1. Ladle the tortilla soup into bowls and top with tortilla strips; sprinkle with chopped cilantro or parsley.


  • For heat, add a finely chopped jalapeno chile pepper or some crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Use shredded pepper jack cheese for servings instead of the Monterey Jack cheese.