If you have a slow cooker (or "crock pot") and enjoy tortilla soup, here's a good recipe to try out.


4 chicken breast halves
2 14.5 oz. cans of chicken broth
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp. margarine
2 12 1/2 oz. cans of chopped stewed tomatoes
3 cups hot salsa
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 tbsp. or so of ground cumin
tortilla chips


cheese (whatever you prefer in your soup)
sour cream

The steps:

  • Grill the chicken breasts. Shred them with a fork and knife.
  • Combine all ingredients except cheese, sour cream, and chips.
  • Cover the pot and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  • Enjoy the soup, adding chips, sour cream, and cheese to taste.

What I like about this recipe is that it's incredibly simple, involved grilling (always fun), and takes no more than about 15 minutes to get going. You're then left with enough soup for four adults (or two for two days in our case).

Personally, I skip the cheese and sour cream. The soup itself is excellent with some chips added in.

Posted by jzawodn at February 29, 2008 07:38 PM

Reader Comments
# Joe Zawodny said:

What brand of Hot Sauce?
What, No Chili peppers?
Sounds like a Californicated Mexican dish!

on February 29, 2008 08:27 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

I suspect we'll find a few way to spice it up the next few times. :-)

on February 29, 2008 08:40 PM
# big mama said:

yum! this is my favorite soup -- thanks for sharing!

on February 29, 2008 08:47 PM
# Hooda Thunkit said:

Wine, lots and lots of wine; sounds a bit dry to me ;-)

on March 1, 2008 06:09 AM
# Richard said:

I feel silly asking, but I see no water in there; is there really enough residual liquid for a soup?

on March 1, 2008 06:34 AM
# Peeping Tom said:

Since we're sharing recipes, I have to share this one: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_31040,00.html

Awesome soup. The basis for the recipe was one that requires ingredients that are mostly pantry items. Everyone who has tried it has enjoyed it.

on March 1, 2008 09:40 AM
# Peeping Tom said:

Gee, I was so excited about sharing that I forgot to mention that The tortilla soup recipe looks good, but I must agree with Richard that there appears to be very little liquid. Missing some chicken broth perhaps?

on March 1, 2008 09:43 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Forgot the broth while copying it into my editor. Added in now. Thanks!

on March 2, 2008 07:39 AM
# Mark Armendariz said:

This one looks good. Will have to try it. Here's my personal favorite chicken tortilla soup recipe:


As a side note, a blender is a surprisingly good and thorough chicken breast shredder. pulse 1/4 breast at a time.

on March 3, 2008 07:20 AM
# Fred Ochsenhirt said:

Oh, how I do love my slow cooker (best thing ever for the busy trying-to-be-less-fat guy). I make something similar to your recipe. A couple of things I've discovered -- if you're really pressed for time, blanch the breasts in boiling water instead of grilling. For recipes like this, the spices are sufficient to make the chicken less boring. Also, when shredding chicken, let it cool and use your hands instead of a knife. It will taste better, trust me.

For something in a similar vein, try this slow cooker Bean and Sausage Stew: http://ochsenhirt.org/2008/02/19/recipe-low-fat-black-bean-and-sausage-stew/

on March 3, 2008 01:55 PM
# Cinda Hocking said:


I also love the ease of crock pot cooking - just put stuff in, come back in several hours and its done. I have found with chicken tortilla soup that adding some lime juice is very yummy - at least a teaspoon.

Cinda Hocking
Internal Energy Plus Consultant

on March 4, 2008 07:29 PM
# Derek Willis said:

Thanks for sharing this - we tried it out today and it was easy to make and excellent (if I do say so myself!).

on March 10, 2008 04:53 PM
# Abriana said:

Oh!! It's my favorite recipe!!

on June 11, 2008 03:31 AM
# Com tortilla machine said:

i really love tortilla. i ought to TRY this! thanks.

on June 16, 2008 08:34 AM
# Arun said:

Wondering if you really photographed it above =D

BTW, you gotta try a classic tortilla soup

on June 5, 2009 08:37 AM
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