Chicken Tortilla Soup {Crockpot}

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Tortilla soup can be found on just about every restaurant menu back in the Lonestar State, which is where I learned to love it.  It’s one of our very favorite soups, and below is our favorite version.

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Tortilla (less) Soup

Tortilla Soup gets its name from the chips that often accompany it.  Many restaurants place thin, crispy tortilla strips right on top of the soup, as a garnish.

I try to avoid grains and unhealthy oils as much as possible, which means tortilla chips are out.  We did find these Paleo “tortilla” chips recently…they’ve been a big hit at my house!

Homemade Plantain Chips are an even better answer to the tortilla chip dilemma!  Click here for my Paleo Plantain Chip recipe.

Make it paleo

Many tortilla soup recipes also call for corn.  My Paleo recipe below substitutes diced or shredded zucchini.  Yum!

Smarter meal prep

I often make two Whole Chickens in the Crockpot at once. We eat some of the meat that night and save the rest for recipes such as Tortilla Soup. The chicken carcasses get turned into Homemade Broth, which also goes into the soup.  It’s perfect!

What could be better for a chilly night than this simple (can you say crockpot?) and nutritious (especially with the homemade broth) soup with a kick?  Pro tip: Don’t skip the cumin or cilantro!

This recipe can also be prepared on the stove top. For extra flavor, try sauteing the onions and cumin first, before adding the remaining ingredients.

Grow your own

I’m constantly looking for ways to replace purchased foods with homegrown versions.  Therefore, I decided to learn to grow and can our own green chiles, just for this recipe!

If you garden, you might like to try growing your own chile peppers, too.  Here’s everything you need to know, including which varieties to grow and how to prepare them for canning: Canning Diced Green Chiles.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup {Crockpot}

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  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 TB ground cumin (or more)
  • Approx 28 oz homemade chicken broth
  • 1 28-oz. can organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes (or equivalent fresh)
  • About 4 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 12 cups frozen corn (for grain-free, use diced or shredded zucchini)
  • 2 4-oz. cans diced green chiles (or equivalent fresh)
  • Cilantro, to taste
  • Unrefined sea salt, to taste
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado, etc.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large crockpot.
  2. Cook all day on low.
  3. Serve with any combination of sour cream, shredded raw cheddar and diced avocados.


  • *Corn isn’t Paleo and it doesn’t agree well with me, so I try to avoid it as much as possible. Diced zucchini (or shredded zucchini from the freezer) makes a great substitute.
  • I often increase the amounts in order to fill the crockpot.
  • I often make two Whole Chickens in the Crockpot at once. We eat the meat for that night’s meal and save the leftovers for recipes such as this one. And the carcass gets turned into Homemade Broth. (Real Chicken Noodle Soup is another favorite recipe for leftover shredded chicken.)
  • This recipe can also be prepared on the stove top. For extra flavor, try sauteing the onions and cumin first, before adding the remaining ingredients.

What’s your favorite soup recipe for fall?

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  1. Kristen Hickman on 10/13/2013 at 11:44 pm

    Another delectable meal and family hit! Thanks for sharing!

    • Kathleen on 10/14/2013 at 10:42 am

      Oh good! Glad y’all liked it. 🙂

  2. Hallie Carlson on 05/30/2017 at 1:52 pm

    Tortilla soup is my favorite meal to make in the crockpot!! I will for sure have to give this version a try. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Mavis Anderson on 05/30/2017 at 2:31 pm

    I’m having guests for the weekend, and this is on my menu for Saturday!!! Love it. Best tortilla soup ever.

    • Kathleen on 05/30/2017 at 3:59 pm

      Hope your guests love it, too, Mavis! 🙂

  4. Gail Moore on 05/31/2017 at 1:46 am

    Thanks for all the great recipes. I especially love your crockpot recipes! Since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013, I have been trying to cook healthier for me, my kids, and my husband. The kiddos actually love any type of Mexican food and with all your recipes I know exactly what we’re eating so it’s a win/win! You have inspired me to make my own spice rubs, ketchup, things that are actually very easy (and a lot healthier) but I never would have known if I didn’t read your blog! Thanks so much for all the ideas, keep them coming 🙂

    • Kathleen on 05/31/2017 at 3:08 am

      This makes my day, Gail! ? Good for you. Cheering you on in your efforts to feed your family (and yourself) healthier meals! ?

  5. wen budro on 05/31/2017 at 4:00 am

    That crockpot chicken tortilla soup looks delicious. It also looks healthy. I’m bookmarking this and will try this dish soon.

  6. Rachael Miner on 11/21/2019 at 2:22 am

    such a yummy and flavorful soup! a new favorite in our home for the adults and toddlers!

    • Kathleen on 11/21/2019 at 2:55 am

      Yay! Glad it was a hit at your house. 🙂

  7. Laura on 04/24/2020 at 12:27 pm

    This tortilla soup was delish!!!! My husband and son loved it and “Mikey” doesn’t like anything…. so if my picky eater will eat it, it’s a win for sure!!

    • Kathleen on 04/24/2020 at 3:05 pm

      I’m so glad your family enjoyed it, Laura! 🙂

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