Easy Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup

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This Easy Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup has big flavor and requires little effort. Make it your own with a variety of toppings and freshly pan-fried crispy tortilla strips!

easy slow cooker tortilla soup

Do you ever really feel ready for a baby? I mean, yes I'M READY. My 37-week pregnant heart is so, so ready …but my to-do list, I feel like it'll never be “ready.” There's always something new to do for my house, (what feels like) endless things to do for work, and no limit to the number of times I cherish holding my husband's hand over my rolling baby belly. I feel like this may be my first lesson in parenting. The distinct lines of “doneness” that I've enjoyed for years mayyyyy be a thing of my past. I have a feeling I'll be finding more joy in the messy process than in dotting my i's and crossing my t's. Changing hearts …it's a beautiful thing!

One thing that I CAN mark off as “done” is dinner. That little piece of clarity, knowing that we've been fed and we've been fed WELL, feels like a great achievement. The rest of my to-do's, the laundry, the office organizing, the business brainstorming, they can all wait.

easy slow cooker tortilla soup

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easy slow cooker tortilla soup

This slow cooker tortilla soup is a true dinner winner! During these warmer months, I OFTEN find myself craving tortilla soup. In fact, I've been known to order bowl after bowl of it at our favorite San Antonio Tex Mex restaurants during the cooler months. While the salty chicken broth (with a touch of delicious lime) is incredibly soothing/satisfying, tortilla soup is all about the toppings. Years ago, before I realized that I could truly personalize Paleo (the primary exercise of the Fed & Fit Project Online), I would only make/order it sans tortillas, sour cream, and cheese. Since then, I've found that I tolerate the occasional high-quality dairy well! So, I happily add on a dollop of sour cream and the occasional sprinkle of cheese. I'm also a big fan of THESE grain-free tortillas. To make crunchy tortilla strips, I just cut them into pieces and fried in a pan with a bit of butter until they're crispy.

A sprinkle of fresh cilantro, fresh onion, some jalapeno, a few slices of avocado, and a fresh wedge of lime finish the bowls!

Now that we've given you all the deets on this easy slow cooker tortilla soup, you have some decisions to make!  Are you going to make this soup in the slow cooker, the instant pot, or the stovetop??  Whatever you choose,  I hope you love it and find a way to make the toppings YOUR own.

If you're looking for another fun, and easy soup, you might also check out our Simple Not Chili Soup is super easy to throw together, with loads of flavor!


Easy Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup

easy slow cooker tortilla soup

This slow cooker tortilla soup is the perfect solution for busy weeknights – the whole family will love it!

  • Author: Amber Goulden
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican


For the Soup:

  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs
  • 1.5 cups salsa
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

For the Garnish:

  • 2 Corn or Grain-Free tortillas
  • 3 tablespoons butter, ghee, or avocado oil
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Sour cream, if desired
  • Shredded cheese, if desired


  1. Cook the soup base:
    • For the Slow Cooker: combine all soup ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours.
    • For the Instant Pot: combine all soup ingredients in the Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.
    • For the Stovetop: combine all soup ingredients in a heavy-bottomed pot. Cook over medium/high heat for 45 minutes, or until the chicken easily shreds with a fork.
  2. After the soup is finished cooking, remove the chicken and transfer it to a large bowl. Shred the chicken with two forks or with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer. Place the shredded chicken back into the soup. Taste soup for seasoning and add additional salt, if desired.
  3. Cut the tortillas into thin strips and heat the butter in a small pan over medium-high heat. Once butter is bubbling, add the tortilla strips. Cook 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp.
  4. Spoon soup into bowls and top with tortilla strips and other desired garnishes.


  • For Paleo: use grain-free tortillas in place of the corn tortillas
  • For low-carb: omit the tortilla strips

Keywords: slow cooker, crock pot, instant pot, chicken, soup, salsa


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  1. Julie says:

    Oh Cassy, this recipe has just won the New Years Eve award – or – i.e. what I’m eating and making for NYE – who wants to go out with a toddler when you could stay home and eat this with movies or ball-drop? Great job! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Cassy says:

      Haha you’re so welcome!!

  2. Cynthia says:

    I made it!!! AND I used my slow cooker all by myself (see my insta stories for details) This recipe was so easy to make and delicious to taste!!! Thanks Cassy Joy:)

  3. Annie says:

    Gosh DANG, this recipe was amazing! My husband ate probably 3 bowls. We also tossed the tortilla chips in some Trader Joe’s chili lime salt. It was hard to face plant in to them before the soup was ready! Thanks for another great recipe.

    1. Cassy says:

      I’m so glad y’all liked it!!

  4. Jenny says:

    So for the instantpot– should we hit the manual button and set it to 60 minutes or the soup button? Does it matter? (Got an IP for Christmas so still getting the hang of it!) I just ask bc it seems like 60 mins is a long time for 3lbs of chicken?
    Pictures are phenomenal though! Looks so delicious!!

    1. Cassy says:

      You can absolutely try for less time! 60 minutes was just the magical time for me. And yes, that’s how it works. You can use both the manual or the soup button and then adjust the time.

  5. Jackie says:

    This was so simple and so good. I like the idea of a simple soup and adding things after the fact. Thank you.

  6. Jen smith says:

    hi. I am looking for nutrition facts? are they available?

  7. CC says:

    I am looking forward to trying this recipe. Is there any reason why I couldn’t cook this on ‘low’ for 8 hours (v. 4 on high?) Thanks!

  8. CC says:

    I ended up making this in the slow cooker on low for 8 hrs and boy was it delicious. So much flavor from so few, simple ingredients! I also took the time to make the Siete tortilla crisps. We loved them and the leftovers were (surprisingly) still crisp this morning for my lunch! Thanks for this great recipe!

  9. Patricia Faza says:

    Loved it! My crew couldn’t get enough of it and it was so simple and easy to make. And my picky boyfriend had seconds! It’s because of your new cookbook, “Cook Once, Eat All Week”, that my youngest son has been making dinner for me to enjoy when I get home from work. He’s made 1-4week dinners and btw, all were de-lish. Hope you get your own cooking show. Thanks again

  10. Lori says:

    help with what SALSA to put in if paleo? thank you, sounds yummy and easy.