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Slow Cooker Sopa Azteca
with avocado / baked tortilla strips

Active: 25 minTotal: 5 hr 25 min

This flavorful soup is full of warm spices and colorful veggies. Make it in the slow cooker and set out all the toppings for a meal that's ready whenever you are.
Smarts: To make use of tortillas that you may have purchased earlier in the week for Mexican Shakshuka, this recipe includes instructions for making your own baked tortilla strips. If you don't have leftover tortillas or just want to save time, you can use tortilla chips instead (as shown in the photo and used in this recipe the first time we featured this soup).



Baked Tortilla Strips:
  • Tortillas, taco-sized corn or flour - 2, sliced into 2” / 5 cm strips
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Slow Cooker Sopa Azteca:
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1, chopped
  • Carrots - 12 oz, cubed
  • Garlic - 4 cloves, chopped
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Cumin - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 5 cups
  • Tomatoes, diced and preferably fire-roasted (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Adobo sauce - 2 Tbsp (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
  • Corn, frozen - 1 cup
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 lb
  • Avocados - 1, diced
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Cilantro - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Sour cream - 1/2 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Onions / Bell peppers / Carrots / Garlic - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Slow cook chicken - Combine chili powder, cumin, salt, onions, bell peppers, carrots, garlic, stock, tomatoes (including liquid), and adobo sauce in the bowl of a slow cooker. Top with corn and then chicken. Cook until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 6 hours on low or 3 to 4 hours on high. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Bake tortilla strips - Heat oven to 425F / 218C. Slice tortillas into thin strips, ~2" / 5 cm. Toss with oil and spread on a sheet pan. Season with some salt and black pepper. Bake, shaking the pan halfway through, until tortillas are crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Avocados / Limes / Cilantro - Prep as directed. Divide into serving bowls.


  1. When chicken is cooked through, remove it from the slow cooker and shred or chop it. Return chicken to slow cooker. Season with some salt and pepper. Add some hot sauce (not in ingredients list) if you’d like the soup spicier.
  2. Divide half of the tortilla strips between serving bowls. Ladle soup over tortilla strips and give the soup a stir to mix the strips in.
  3. Serve soup with avocados, limes, cilantro, sour cream, and the remaining tortilla strips to be added at the table. Enjoy!

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This meal has 21 reviews

I would probably cook the onions first because they are pretty raw tasting in the final soup.

By: Karen
Posted: Dec 10, 2019
Diet: Original


By: Justyne
Posted: Nov 17, 2019
Diet: Original

I used black beans instead of lentils because that's what I already had in our pantry. Very easy to put together. Tasted even better (and spicier!) the second day. Mmm leftovers. Didn't give 5 stars mainly because there are other recipes that have wowed me more.

By: Angela
Posted: Nov 07, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

So easy, although took a few minutes to summer, but that's time to do dishes! SO GOOD!! Will try to make and freeze too. Oh, used regular (not fire-roasted) tomatoes and NO adobo for kids and it was still delicious.

By: Markell
Posted: Nov 05, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Delicious! We made this in the Instant Pot. First sautéed the veggies (-corn, forgot to add that until after cooking) with garlic and spices, then threw in the rest of the ingredients, including bone-in skinless chicken leg quarters for the slow cooker step. Cooked on high pressure for 30 minutes with a 3 minute natural pressure release. Chicken was falling off the bone and the flavor was wonderful. Very easy to throw together.

By: Lyndsey
Posted: Nov 03, 2019
Diet: Original

Made this in the IP 25 min on high 5 min natural release, but kept the frozen corn out until after it was done and let it warm in the soup about 5 more minutes. Everyone, including our kids, devoured it!

By: Mackenzie
Posted: Nov 02, 2019
Diet: Original