Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe is the best comfort food. Loaded with shredded chicken in a creamy broth with tons of Mexican flavor, this soup is sure to be a family favorite.

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Bowl of creamy chicken tortilla soup topped with tortilla strips and cilantro.

Crockpot Creamy Tortilla Soup Recipe

This soup is one of our favorite soups to enjoy once the weather turns cool or really year round! I have been known to fix this on crisp Fall days and rainy Summer afternoons.

Anytime is a good time to enjoy this easy chicken tortilla soup recipe. It is so easy and just really delicious!

Each bite is bursting with tons of flavor and it is so hearty. We really love this easy soup.

Crock pot creamy chicken tortilla soup is so easy to make!

This recipe is one of the easiest meal ideas.  If you can toss ingredients into the slow cooker, you can make this meal.

Let the slow worker do all of the work and come home to dinner ready to enjoy! It is the perfect meal for busy weeknights when you are running from work and activities.

This easy creamy chicken tortilla soup can feed a crowd on a budget!

This meal takes very little work to put together. Plus, this recipe only calls for 3 chicken breasts.

You can really stretch your meat budget with recipe likes this one. Stretch that meat into a delicious soup that can easily feed a crowd or your hungry family.

The chicken gets shredded with all of the other tasty ingredients for a hearty and filling meal. In fact, you can even add extra corn or chicken broth to help stretch this meal even more.

It is so easy to make, and very frugal friendly. This soup really stretches your chicken because you don’t need much and it is packed with flavor.

You could also chicken thighs in this soup instead of the chicken breasts. I often just use what is on sale.

Bowl of crock pot creamy chicken tortilla soup topped with tortilla strips and cilantro.

You will need a crock pot.

You do need a crock pot to make this easy soup recipe.

If you are in the market for something new, I really love this Instant Pot Aura. The nice thing about this is you can brown the meat in the same slow cooker which is so convenient.

It is so handy to just have the one pan to clean. It has become of my favorite kitchen appliances.

I also really like this crockpot as well.  I use this all the time and it’s great but any slow cooker will work for this recipe.

What ingredients are needed?

  • Chicken Breasts – Chicken thighs would also work for this recipe.
  • Chicken Broth – You can use water if you don’t have any broth on hand but I really recommend broth when making soups as it adds a creamy and delicious flavor.
  • Green Chilies – Generally, I used canned but fresh diced up would work as well.
  • Corn – Frozen or canned corn is needed for this recipe. If you use canned, make sure to drain it first.
  • Sour Cream – This gives the soup it’s creamiest. You can use plain greek yogurt instead for a lower calorie count.
  • Cheddar Cheese – I recommend shredding your own over using the pre-shredded as it melts more evenly in the soup.
  • Cilantro and Tortilla Strips – These are both optional for topping the soup but both add a delicious flavor that I recommend not skipping them. Plus I love the crunch that the tortilla strips add to this soup.

How do you make Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup?

Place the chicken in the slow cooker and top with everything except the sour cream and shredded cheese.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. You can cook on high for 3-4 hours if you prefer.

Shred the chicken once everything is finished cooking and place it back in the slow cooker.

Now, it is time to add the sour cream and the shredded cheese. This is what makes it all so creamy and delicious.

Cover and cook until everything is melted and blended together. This generally takes about 15-20 minutes.

It really easy that easy to make this delicious and creamy soup.

Close up of a bowl of creamy chicken tortilla soup topped with tortilla strips and cilantro with a spoon in it.

What to serve with crock pot creamy chicken tortilla soup?

This soup is great served as an appetizer or the main dish.

If you’re serving this soup as an appetizer, I love serving it with my favorite tacos, burritos or quesadilla recipe.

If you’re serving it as the main dish, I usually top it with my favorite toppings and serve it with my favorite homemade rolls recipe.

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe is the best comfort food. Tons of chicken in a creamy broth with Mexican flavor make this soup a hit.

Topping ideas for creamy chicken tortilla soup:

Here are a few of my favorite toppings for this soup.

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • tortilla strips, crushed up tortilla chips or pieces of corn tortillas
  • avocado
  • green onion
  • diced tomatoes
  • hot sauce
  • fresh lime
  • cilantro
Bowl of creamy chicken tortilla soup topped with tortilla strips and cilantro with a spoon scooping a bite out of the soup.

How to store:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 4-5 days. You can also freeze these leftovers for up to 3 months.

Can you freeze before making it?

Yes, you can. However, I would put everything but the sour cream and cheddar cheese in a freezer bag when freezing the ingredients together.

Then all you have to do is dump the freezer bag ingredients in your crock pot and dinner will be easy. Then just stir in the sour cream and cheddar cheese at the end of the cook time.

A black Bowl of slow cooker creamy chicken tortilla soup topped with tortilla strips and cilantro.

Variation Ideas:

  • Use Cream Cheese – You can use cream cheese instead of sour cream in this recipe to make a creamy and cheesey soup.
  • Add Beans – You can add your favorite type of beans. Black beans, pinto beans or any white beans would be delicious in this soup. I love the beans, corns and chicken combination in any soup.
  • Use a different type of cheese. – I love using cheddar cheese in this recipe but Monterey Jack or pepper jack cheese (for a little) kick would be delicious in this soup too.
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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe is the best comfort food. Tons of chicken in a creamy broth with Mexican flavor make this soup a hit.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 hrs
Total Time 7 hrs 5 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Soup
Calories 604
Author Carrie Barnard


  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese hand shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro optional
  • tortilla strips or tortilla chips crushed


  • Place the chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Top with the chicken broth, green chilies, corn, and taco seasoning.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7 hours, or high for 4.
  • Remove the chicken, shred and return to the crock pot.
  • Stir in the sour cream and the shredded cheese.
  • Cover and cook until melted.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings, like tortilla strips, more cheese and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 604kcal, Carbohydrates 29g, Protein 36g, Fat 39g, Saturated Fat 21g, Cholesterol 135mg, Sodium 739mg, Potassium 607mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 1135IU, Vitamin C 5.5mg, Calcium 627mg, Iron 1.8mg

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  1. I attempted to make this tonight and I went strictly by the recipe. However, the ratios seemed off with 4 cups of shredded cheese & only 2 cups of chicken stock made the consistency so thick and way to cheesy. It almost seems like a dip vs. soup. Am I off & not reading recipe right?

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely wonderful soup! I added some extra water and chicken bouillon along with cumin to the recipe. We used Doritos sweet chili nachos for the topping. ??? My guys love it ?????

  3. MMM this is so good! I used a homemade taco season as well. I just added some black beans to this as well!

  4. 5 stars
    Added another cup and a half or so of broth and about 2 tsp extra taco seasoning just to stretch it for servings …. otherwise, it was excellent! No leftovers. This recipe is a keeper!

  5. 5 stars
    I added an extra cup of broth after reading the reviews and it was perfect! Not too thin and not too thick. Although next time I will wait to put the corn in until the end. It seemed to be over cooked and a little tough from cooking so long. Definitely making this again!

  6. How do you add the cream cheese? Last time I added cream cheese it was left in lumps. It didn’t melt in and looked curdled. I’d like to know the trick to make it melt properly and make my soup creamy not lumpy. Thanks so much

  7. I cut it into small pieces, the cover the crock pot and let it cook for approximately 15-30 minutes on low, then uncover and stir well to incorporate the cream cheese into the soup. If your crock pot has a sauté setting, you can also switch it over to that setting to melt the cheese faster. Thank you!

  8. The comments talk about adding in cream cheese but there is no cream cheese in the ingredient list?

  9. You can substitute the sour cream for cream cheese if you would like for a different flavor. Thank you!

  10. 4 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner and have some mixed emotions on it. It did have very good flavor but I wasn’t happy over all with it. The recipe calls for 2 cups of broth, I added 2 more and even then there didn’t seem to be enough. The chicken seemed to clump up I’m thinking because of the cheese I followed the recipe to the letter. Next time I will make a few changes.

  11. If I used already cooked and shredded chicken, do you think I could get away with cooking it for less time, like 4 hours?

  12. Yes, if you used pre-cooked chicken, this would only need to cook for 2-3 ours on low in the crock pot.

  13. Do you have a conversion for a stove top version? This soup sounds AMAZING but I don’t have a crock pot. 🙁

  14. Sorry, I don’t at this time. I do think it can be made in the crock pot. I would use cooked shredded chicken and simmer all the ingredients on low for 50-60 minutes until the flavors are well combined. You may need to add more broth as it cooks so I would watch it closely. Good luck and I hope you enjoy it!

  15. Used this recipe 2 times, It is so great.

    I recommend using less cheese and adding 1/2 cup to 1 cup heavy cream and 1 can black beans!
    And it gives some many leftovers. Its a great weeknight meal so you can pack your hubby and hot lunch the next day!