Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is an easy dump ‘n go recipe that everyone will love! 

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is an easy dump 'n go recipe that everyone will love! @Flavorthemoment

This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is for my friends that want a slow cooker recipe that doesn’t require any work on the stove top.  You know who you are.  I know that I’ve often been deterred from using the slow cooker if it required browning the meat prior to placing it in the slow cooker with the other ingredients, among other things.  I thought, why bother?  The whole purpose of the slow cooker for me was not dirtying up any other dishes…a one pot stop, so to speak.  I mostly make soups over the stove top because it builds so much more flavor that way, but when I use the slow cooker, all the ingredients are cooked in the slow cooker.  We all need easy at times in our life.  This recipe is a big dose of easy.

Yes, this soup is easy, but there is a little prep involved.  There’s always some!  All you have to do is chop one onion, mince two garlic cloves, pull out a few spices, and open up a few cans.  There’s really not much more to it than that.  I love to use the frozen roasted corn from Trader Joe’s, but you can use regular frozen kernel as well.  I use fire roasted diced tomatoes and  fire roasted mild green chiles, too.  Fire roasted anything is pretty much in my repertoire, as you can see.   It adds a lot more flavor, and extra flavor is always good.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is an easy dump 'n go recipe that everyone will love! @Flavorthemoment

Now, if you’d like to get this going first thing in the morning, pull out your slow cooker, gather up all your ingredients, and even chop the onion and mince the garlic the night before.  All you have to do in the morning is put everything in the pot and turn it on low for about 8 hours.  If you’re like me and you don’t decide to make it until lunch time, place it in the slow cooker and crank it up to high for 4 hours.  If you have the luxury, don’t add the chiles or the beans until 30 minutes to an hour before you eat.  I just think they can get overly soft and mushy if they’re in too long.  If it doesn’t bother you, put it all in at once.

This soup will perk you up on a cold day.  It’s hearty with shredded chicken, black beans, diced tomatoes, roasted corn kernels, and diced green chiles.  It is brimming with the flavors of cumin, chili powder, a pinch of ground red pepper, and brightened up with fresh lime juice just before serving.  Feel free to add some hot sauce if you need more spice in your life.  Garnish it with ground tortilla chips,  grated cheese, fresh sprigs of cilantro, or avocado chunks.  Any way you want it, that’s the way you get it.  I like to serve this with a piping hot corn muffin.  Enjoy your easy, one pot meal.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is an easy dump 'n go recipe that everyone will love! @Flavorthemoment

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is an easy dump ‘n go recipe that everyone will love! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. skinless, chicken breasts (use bone-in for more flavor)
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen roasted corn kernels
  • 1 14 oz. can diced fire roasted tomatoes in their juice
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups lower sodium chicken broth
  • 1 14 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped, or 4 oz. can fire roasted diced mild green chiles, drained
  • juice of one lime
  • tortilla chips, grated cheese, cilantro sprigs, hot sauce, or avocado for garnish

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except for the lime into the slow cooker and stir.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours or high heat for 4 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from the crock pot and shred, then place back in the soup.
  4. Add the juice of 1 lime and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Garnish with your favorite toppings.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep your ingredients the night before so all you have to do is dump and go the next day.
  • This soup is very freezer friendly!

Recipe source:  Flavor the Moments

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is an easy dump 'n go recipe that everyone will love! @Flavorthemoment