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Healthy Chicken and Fresh Tomato Tortilla Soup (slow cooker recipe)

This light, but flavorful chicken and fresh tomato tortilla soup proves that soup doesn’t have to be just a “winter thing.” Simply throw ingredients in your slow cooker and head off to the beach or on a hike while the soup simmers away at home.

There’s a restaurant in Brookline called El Centro that makes the most filling, yet delicious chicken tortilla soup. I have no idea how they can make such a light broth-based soup that with one bowl will fill you up for hours afterwards. Well, I have somewhat of an idea as they put half an avocado on the bottom of the bowl, which is a fun surprise the first time you order soup there. But still, such a simple recipe yet it makes for a very satisfying meal.

Another thing I love about the soup there is that it doesn’t taste like canned tomatoes. While I have nothing against using canned tomatoes to make a soup, I’ve been loving the tomatoes at the grocery store lately and felt they would be a perfect addition for a Spring-friendly soup. In addition to fresh tomatoes, I threw in a jalapeno for a touch of spice (feel free to use 2 jalapenos for a true kick of heat), black beans, organic chicken breast, frozen corn (although fresh corn this summer would be delicious in this), juice of 1 lime, chicken broth, and spices (chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper).

Yes, it may sound like a lot of ingredients, but almost all of them are pantry staples (at least in my house). Of course it wouldn’t be tortilla soup without tortillas. For dinner I served this soup with tortilla chips, but then for lunch I packed just a regular whole wheat tortilla to dip into the soup and liked that version the best. Totally up to you! P.S. Homemade tortilla chips would be AMAZING with this.

For a finishing touch, I served the soup with ¼ of an avocado per bowl, but for the true El Centro experience go ahead and drop ½ an avocado into each bowl ;).

It’s no coincidence I’m posting this recipe the week of Cinco De Mayo. Mexican cuisine is one of my favorites (this includes margaritas 😉 ) as many recipes are easy to put a healthier spin on. Be sure to stop by the blog for a roundup of some of these healthier recipes on Friday!

Healthy Chicken and Fresh Tomato Tortilla Soup (slow cooker recipe)

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Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 8 hours


  • 1 lb skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 vine tomatoes, diced
  • 1-2 jalapenos diced (I kept the seeds as I wanted the heat, but feel free to remove)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Optional additions for serving: Avocado, Tortillas or tortilla chips , Shredded Mexican cheese



Place all ingredients from chicken – salt and pepper in slow cooker. Cook on low for 7.5 hours.


When timer is up, remove chicken from slow cooker and shred. Option to blend a few cups of the soup to make it a little thicker, but I prefer the chunks of vegetables. Place chicken back in slow cooker, add lime juice, and continue cooking on low for an additional 10-20 minutes.


Taste, adjust seasonings, and then portion out. Option to add avocado slices, tortillas/tortilla chips, and/or cheese. Enjoy!


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  • Reply
    May 2, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I am all for slow cooker recipes! This looks and sounds amazing! *-*

    • Reply
      The Healthy Toast
      May 3, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks Farrah 🙂

  • Reply
    May 2, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Great recipe! Love the avocado on top – really works well. Nevery though to put avocado in soup but why not!

    • Reply
      The Healthy Toast
      May 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      I was a bit uncertain the first time I had avocado served in my soup, but it actually works really well!

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