I originally got this recipe from my friend Karin at a mom’s group that we were a part of a few years ago. As a member of the steering committee, it was my job to bring a large pot of soup to the brunch at the end of the year, and she shared this chicken tortilla soup recipe with me then because it is very easy and it can feed a crowd.
It’s also the only thing my husband will eat that has beans in it.
I keep going back to this recipe because it can be made in the slow cooker or thrown together in just a few minutes on the stove top.
It’s called 5 can soup because you can used canned chicken. I’m not a huge fan of canned chicken, so I usually use boneless, skinless breasts. This is also a great use for any leftover baked chicken you might have, or you can use shredded rotisserie chicken.
You can adjust the heat by using a different kind of taco seasoning or hot tomatoes with chiles instead of mild. Because my kids eat this soup, I usually try to keep ours pretty mild, but it still has a lot of flavor!
Quick and Easy 5 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup:
- 1 can or 1 cup of cooked and shredded chicken (chicken can be raw if using a slow cooker)
- 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can of corn, drained
- 1 can of tomatoes with chiles
- 1 package of taco seasoning
- Enough water to fill the pot or slow cooker you are using
- If you are using a slow cooker and raw chicken, add the raw chicken breasts to the bottom. If making on a stovetop, use cooked and shredded chicken.
- Otherwise, open all of the cans, and drain the liquid from everything except the tomatoes. Rinse the beans. Add all of the ingredients to the pot.
- If cooking on the stovetop, heat through and stir frequently. If using a slow cooker, cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. Remove chicken, shred, and return to pot.
- Serve warm with toppings such as sour cream, shredded cheese, sliced avocado, and tortilla chips.
Sometimes we also have our soup with plain cheese quesadillas.
Family dinners don’t have to be fancy. Sometimes they can be fast and straight out of a few cans. That’s how we roll around here, anyway.
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