Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup with Kale

Chicken Tortilla Soup has never been easier OR HEALTHIER! Throw everything in your slow cooker and make our favorite crockpot tortilla soup with chicken and kale.

Crockpot tortilla soup

I LOVE SOUP AND SOUP LOVES ME. I actually didn’t realize this until last year. I was never much of a soup girl growing up. It wasn’t until I started hangin’ out with The Healthy Maven (who really need to change her blog name to The Soupy Maven) that I realized how much I loved soup. I think I had a few bad experiences way back when making soup where I didn’t use enough spices so it was really bland. No one likes a bland soup. This chicken tortilla soup crock pot style is far from that!

Flavorful Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Our healthy chicken tortilla soup recipe is made in the crockpot and has a tomato base. So, this soup is kind of like a chili mixed with a brothy soup.

  • Crushed tomatoes are essential ingredient #1 for the amazing broth in this delicious slow cooker chicken tortilla soup.
  • Essential ingredient #2 is chicken broth! Broth or stock are essential for soups and the combo that chicken broth has with crushed tomatoes is on point.
  • #3 is the chicken itself…because it wouldn’t be chicken tortilla soup without the chicken. Make sure you buy boneless, skinless chicken breast for this recipe!
  • Essential ingredient(s) #4 is…SPICES.

Chicken Tortilla Soup Spices

I’m telling you, spices really are the key to any soup. That also includes…the salt content! Salt is an important factor is delicious soup making because it really helps bring out all of the other flavors! That What spices are in this crockpot tortilla soup?

  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • salt
  • pepper

I guarantee you have all of those staples spices in your pantry. And if you don’t- I suggest you pick those up ASAP! Good news? Amazon delivers same day now :P

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Is Chicken Tortilla Soup Healthy?

One last thing before I let you go make this soup. What makes this soup…healthy?

Well, first of all…it’s made from scratch! More likely than none your soup is going to be healthier than a canned soup because you know exactly what’s in it. You can also control the salt and fat content of your soup. Second, it’s creamed up with Greek yogurt…not actual cream! Greek yogurt is high in protein and low in fat. If you omit the Greek, you’re still going to get an uber flavorful chicken tortilla soup!

Chicken in Slow Cooker Soup in crockpot Tortilla strips Tortilla soup in bowl

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Crock-Pot Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup with Kale

Chicken Tortilla Soup has never been easier OR HEALTHIER! Throw everything in your crock-pot and you’ve got dinner ready before you know it! 

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 8 servings 1x
Category: Dinner
Method: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Mexican


For the Soup

  • 16 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (~2 large)
  • 4 cups kale, deboned
  • 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz. can sweet corn, drained
  • 1 4.5-oz. can green chiles
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 23 tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (depending on how hot you like it)*
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup noGreekgreek yogurt*

For the spicy tortilla strips

  • 8 small corn tortillas
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste


For the Soup

  1. Place all ingredients for the soun (minus the Greek yogurt) in your crockpot. Turn to high and let cook for 3-4 hours or turn to low and let cook for 6-8 hours.
  2. Once your chicken is fully cooked, remove and shred. Then, place back in crock-pot.
  3. Add Greek yogurt and mix until combined.

For the spicy tortilla strips

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Then, thinly slice tortillas to create your strips and place on baking sheet. Drizzle on olive oil and toss.
  3. Then sprinkle on spices and toss again.
  4. Bake tortilla strips at 400ºF for 5 minutes. Toss and then put back in for 5-10 more minutes until golden brown.


  • *Option to sub your hot sauce for white vinegar if you do not like spicy.
  • *To make this recipe dairy free, omit the Greek yogurt.


  • Serving Size: 1/8th recipe (~1.5 cups)
  • Calories: 324
  • Sugar: 5
  • Sodium: 683
  • Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 40
  • Fiber: 9
  • Protein: 27
Healthy Soup have to make! Now let’s take a look at everyone else’s healthy crock-pot recipes! I love partnering with my blogging friends on posts like this because the are oh-so talented and their recipes ROCK. I can’t wait to try every single one of these!

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