Two Serving Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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This recipe is perfect for a 3-quart slow cooker!

Many people will tell you that soup is one of those things that takes all day to make. I’ve definitely made some soups that required that amount of time and effort to bring all the flavors together! Those soups are great, but there’s something fun about a quick-and-easy soup, like this Two Serving Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup. It coaxes out a surprising amount of flavor from a simple list of ingredients in a relatively short amount of time. And, since it’s made in the slow cooker, it’s all hands-off cooking time, too!

This soup is so delicious, you might wish you had leftovers. That’s the beauty of our two-serving recipe, though: It’s designed to work in your 2- or 3-quart slow cooker. It makes the perfect amount of soup for two–or, enough for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow. It’s chock full of lean-protein from the chicken, fresh vegetables, and fiber-rich black beans. We also designed it with minimal prep in mind by using one of our favorite shortcuts. When you add salsa to the mix, it adds a ton of flavor without having to chop too many vegetables.

Who Needs Tomatoes When You Have Salsa?

We took a fun shortcut in this budget-friendly Two Serving Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup. Instead of chopping a bunch of onions, tomatoes, and herbs, we swapped in a cup of our favorite low-sugar salsa. You could make your own salsa if you like, but we’ve found a number of healthy salsas at the grocery store. They’re typically inexpensive and all you need to do is peek at the ingredients list. You’ll want to check the sugar and sodium, as well as making sure there aren’t any additives.

If you like your soup spicier, opt for a spicy salsa. And, if you prefer things on the mild side, look for one that doesn’t have too many hot peppers. You can steal our technique for other fiesta-inspired recipes–we won’t mind! Many recipes that call for a can of diced tomatoes qualify for this time-saving swap. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Two Serving Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This delicious tortilla soup is easy to make, budget-friendly, and super tasty.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 35 minutes
Yield 2 people
Serving Size 1.5 cups
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chicken broth reduced-sodium
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 boneless and skinless chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces (about 6-8 ounces)
  • 15 ounces black beans can, drained and rinsed
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 1 carrot peeled and diced
  • 2 white corn tortillas cut in half and into 1/4 inch wide strips

Optional Toppings

  • Greek yogurt
  • avocado chopped
  • cheese low-fat, shredded

Instructions

  • In a 2- or 3-quart slow cooker, combine the first six ingredients. Cook on low for 7- to 8-hours, until the carrots are tender and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Before you’re ready to serve, add the corn tortilla strips to the slow cooker. Cook for an additional 20 or 25 minutes.
  • Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a quarter of an avocado, some low-fat shredded cheese for garnish, if desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1585mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 8g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
Keywords Budget-Friendly, High Protein, Kid-Friendly, Slow Cooker

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Chef Lindsay

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary School, Lindsay worked as the executive chef of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about using local, organic ingredients and loves teaching home cooks how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to create beautiful meals for her family. She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she enjoys the trials and errors of gardening.

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