Healthy Tortilla Soup

A few weeks ago, I told you that I had bought this cookbook:


I was excited to start trying out some of the recipes.  The first one I decided to try was “Tortilla Soup.”  And it definitely did not disappoint! Smile


I made a few changes, based on availability at our grocery store (thanks, Walmart. Sarcastic smile), but I think the changes really worked.

Tortilla Soup

Adapted from “Everything Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook”

(Serves 6-8)


  • 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 ounces canned fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 26 ounces chicken stock (I used store-bought.  If you make it, use about 3 cups).
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 oz. diced green chiles (canned, found in the Mexican section)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (I cut mine into really small pieces)
  • 1 cup fresh corn
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Baked tortilla chips (optional)


  • Dice your onion and jalapeño pepper.

Note: Be very careful with the jalapeño pepper.  Remove most the seeds before dicing, as the seeds provide most of the heat (unless you like a lot of heat … then keep more of the seeds).  Thoroughly wash hands multiple times before touching your face.

I washed mine once, but evidently that wasn’t enough …


Yeah, that didn’t feel good.

  • Put everything EXCEPT the chicken, corn and “optional” ingredients into your slow cooker. 


  • Cover and cook on “low” for about 6 hours.
  • While it’s cooking, cook your chicken.  I baked 2 chicken breasts in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Then I chopped them up into small pieces.
  • Remove your corn from the cob (the corn should not be cooked).


  • After about 6 hours, add your corn and chicken.
  • Cook for another hour.
  • Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and baked tortilla chips.


    A few notes about this recipe …
    1. According to the cookbook, the soup (without the cheese or chips) is only 170 calories per serving!
    2. Brandon, who doesn’t usually love healthy foods, said multiple times how much he enjoyed this recipe.
    3. I know it calls for a lot of ingredients, but you probably already have the spices at home.  And the rest of the ingredients are all really cheap.  Each can is less than $1.  And the fresh produce is all super inexpensive right now.  So if you’re cheap like me, I promise you won’t have to spend much money.  PLUS …
    4. … this recipe makes a ton of leftovers:


You can freeze some of these containers and use them for lunches and dinners in the upcoming weeks!  Score! Smile


I hope you try this soup.  It’s really easy, extremely flavorful, and super healthy!

Question for ya …

Now that fall is upon us, what are your favorite kinds of soup?

Have you ever had a bad experience with a jalapeño pepper, or am I the only one?? Winking smile


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23 Responses to Healthy Tortilla Soup

  1. Becky @ Fit Chick on the FLy

    HAHA! Amateur mistake :-) No worries, it happens to the best of us! No but seriously, even if you wash your hands 15 times the jalepeno is still there!

    I’ve learned to try not to touch the jalepeno at all, I use a knife to cut it open and then a spoon or the knife to get the seeds out. Whatever you do don’t use your poor little fingers!

    Loving the tortilla soup though!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Good tip, Becky!! :)

  2. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me

    My favorite is chicken and wild rice soup. I just love it! But I also love a good minestrone too. yum!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Have you had the chicken and rice at Panera?? It’s my favorite! :)

  3. amy @ fearless homemaker

    i’ve accidentally rubbed my eyes waaay too many times after chopping jalapenos. no fun! this looks delicious, though – will have to give it a try!
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  4. Janelle

    You crack me up – you’re DEFINITELY not the only one to have a bad experience with a pepper! I’m a huge wuss and cried about it when it happened to me. I use plastic gloves from now on :)

    And I just loooove a chicken and wild rice soup.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Plastic gloves would be a very wise investment! ;)

  5. janae jacobs

    OH NO….boo to the jalepeno hurting your face:( Girl, the recipe looks super good, thank you. I am craving some broccoli and cheese soup ASAP!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Poor Janae … all you’ve been able to eat recently is soup!!

      P.S. I emailed you asking a running question!! Please write back when you can … I need your expert advice! ;)

  6. Sam

    the soup sounds amazing!! i’ve had a few run-ins with serrano peppers – ouchy :)
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  7. Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health

    That soup looks awesome! I love tomato soups, chicken noodle, black bean, and chili! Um, and I don’t really like spicy things, but that’s crazy that just having the pepper on your hands can do that to your eyes!
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    • notsodomesticated

      The soup isn’t even spicy … it was just my eye that was burning!! ;)

  8. Tabaitha

    Yum! I love chicken tortilla soup, it’s a favorite at our house. I’ve had a bad experience with jalepeno’s and touched my eye and I’ve also had a cut get the juice in it. Ouch. I now wear plastic gloves when I handle jalepeno’s, which is quite a bit. We love spicy food in our house.
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  9. Lyndsie @ highcottonlivin

    Finally an easy tortilla soup recipe!! This post just made my day. I love tortilla soup and this is definitely going to be made.

    I’m such a baby when it comes to onions. I always make the hubs chop them up.
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    • notsodomesticated

      You definitely should make it! It was sooo easy!

  10. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    Ohh, I have totally don that with jalapeno peppers! More than once actually! Now I just wear gloves when I cutting jalapeno peppers – it’s the only way! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      I’m seeing a theme here … gloves are a must! ;)

  11. Pamela

    I’ve never made a soup in the slow cooker (haven’t used that thing much at all..haha) but I should sometime.. I have had experieces with peppers.. haha. I’ve always just handled them with my bare hands like you, and yes, sometimes gotten the residual in my eye, but after a few minutes no big deal. The worst was when I was working at a bistro and it was my first time dealing with Poblano Peppers.. not sure why, they’re not as spicy as many of the peppers I’ve handled, but I got a strange reaction and my whole hand felt like it was on fire. It started to get red and tingly, so the chefs sent me home. So I too learned to try when possible to use gloves. You just never know how your body will react.
    My favorites soups.. in the fall I love butternut squash, tomato basil, cream of sorrell, and carrot ginger. :0)

    • notsodomesticated

      I LOVE tomato basil. Yum!! :)

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