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chicken tortilla soup

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Cindy Puga
San Antonio, TX

This is a great chicken soup to throw into your crock pot and have a great meal when you come home at the end of a long day!

(1 rating)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 6 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For chicken tortilla soup

  • 1 1/2 lb
    boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs or combo (i prefer combo)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 clove
    garlic crushed or minced
  • 1 md
    onion diced
  • 1/2 md
    bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 stalk
    celery rib chopped
  • 1
    whole serrano chile (optional)(dice for more spicy soup)
  • 2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 box
    32 oz chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp
    oil (i prefer canola)
  • 1 can
    14.5 oz diced tomatoes with juice (for spicy flavor can substitute 1 can rotel tomatoes and green chilies)
  • 1/4 bunch
    fresh cilantro leaves chopped and added to soup 10 minutes prior to serving
  • 1
    handful tortilla chips, hand crushed or 1 plain corn tortilla
  • 1 Tbsp
    grated cheese (any kind is fine - monterrey jack is my choice)
  • 1 Tbsp
    sour cream to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    avocado diced into chunks

How To Make chicken tortilla soup

  • 1
    Turn on crock pot to high to warm. I spray non stick cooking spray to sides and bottom or use a crock pot liner for easy cleanup. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, cumin, tomatoes, and broth. Add serrano(optional)
  • 2
    Add oil to pan and sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken. Brown chicken on both sides. Once brown (about 5-8 minutes each side)with no pink outside, transfer to crock pot on top of other ingredients. Stir and water to 1 inch from the top of the crock pot and cover.
  • 3
    Cook in crock pot on high for 4 hours or cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • 4
    Just before serving, remove chicken from soup and cut into smaller bite size pieces and return to soup. Add cilantro and cover for 10 minutes.
  • 5
    This is a healthy chicken soup when served as is. Sprinkle a few tortilla chips or if you prefer to go lean, cut up a corn tortilla into small bite size pieces and add to your hot soup.
  • 6
    Additional optional add-in ingredients include grated cheese, diced avocado, sour cream. Of course these all add to the caloric count of this soup. Hope you enjoy!