Chicken Tortilla Soup | Milwaukee North Shore Moms

This recipe is a favorite of mine from and is perfect for days when you want something homemade but don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking. I usually make a soup bar by stacking the soup bowls, spoons, and napkins near the crockpot, along with the toppings listed below. Line up a few of your favorite hot sauces so people can get just the right amount of heat.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
6 Servings


1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed

1 c. frozen corn

2 bell peppers, chopped

1 white onion, chopped

1 (15-oz.) can fire-roasted tomatoes

1/4 c. freshly chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp. ground cumin

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp. kosher salt

2 c. low-sodium chicken broth (I like to use bone broth)

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 c. shredded Monterey jack

Toppings (Grab some cute bowls, fill them ahead of time with these toppings, and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve the soup)

3 small corn tortillas, cut into strips ** (the Fresh Gourmet packaged tortilla strip from Pick N Save, Sendiks, or Metro Market are great if you don’t feel like making the tortilla strips)

Shredded Mexican-blend cheese

Sour cream


Fresh chopped cilantro

Lime wedges


  1. In a large slow cooker, combine chicken, black beans, corn, peppers, onion, fire-roasted tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, and chicken broth.
  2. Cover and cook on low until chicken is cooked and falling apart, 5 to 6 hours.
  3. Shred chicken with a fork, then top the soup with Monterey Jack and cover to let melt, 5 minutes more. **I skip this step and let people add cheese to their individual bowls instead. 
  4. Meanwhile, make tortilla crisps: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add tortilla strips and cook until crispy and golden, 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt.
  5. Serve soup topped with tortilla crisps, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and lime wedges.

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