Chicken Tortilla Soup

A garnish of avocado bits, thinly sliced red bell pepper, and crisp tortilla strips adds texture and color to this popular soup. 

Slow cooker size/shape: 3- to 4 1/2-quart round or oval
Slow cooking time: 6 to 8 hours on low, OR 3 to 4 hours on high


Serves 4



  • American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, all visible fat discarded, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
  • 2 cups fat-free, no-salt-added chicken broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ancho powder
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 2 6-inch corn tortillas, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips,
  • and 1 6-inch corn tortilla, torn into pieces, divided use
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped avocado
  • 1/4 medium red bell pepper, cut into matchstick-size strips




  1. In the slow cooker, stir together the chicken, corn, broth, tomatoes with liquid, onion, sugar, ancho powder, garlic, and salt. Cook, covered, on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.

  3. Arrange the tortilla strips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until crisp. Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack. Let the strips stand for about 15 minutes, or until cool. Transfer to an airtight container and set aside.

  4. When the soup is ready, transfer 1 cup to a food processor or blender. Stir in the tortilla pieces. Let the mixture stand for 1 minute so the tortilla pieces soften. Process until smooth. Stir the mixture into the soup. Stir in the cilantro.

  5. Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with the avocado, bell pepper, and reserved baked tortilla strips.


Cook's Tip: Adding the processed soup and tortilla mixture to the rest of the soup gives the finished product more body and distributes the tortilla flavor.


Nutrition Facts


Calories: 292

Total fat:  5.5g

Saturated fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 73mg

Sodium:  350mg

Carbohydrates: 33 g

Fiber:  5g

Sugar: 8g

Protein:  30g



This recipe is reprinted with permission from American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, Copyright © 2012 by the American Heart Association. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc. Available from booksellers everywhere.