This smokey Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Soup comes together in just minutes, making it one of the easiest – and most delicious! – meals you can prepare any night of the week.
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Original content posted January 2014. Updated March 2019.
What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold! Or rather, more than half the country including my beloved city of Cleveland. We woke up to a temperature of -8 and a windchill of -40. ACK! If there’s any day that soup should be on your menu, it’s today! This Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Soup is warming from the inside out.
Smokey chipotle pepper mingles with chicken and an abundance of fresh veggies for the perfect bowl that will make you momentarily forget the ridiculous temps outside your window. Soup season is the best season, I always say!
Don’t let the name chipotle and the addition of both the pepper and adobo sauce cause alarm! My five year old is resistant to all things spicy and she never once mentioned any heat in this dish. In fact, all three little ones in my menagerie happily ate their bowls.
If you like a little more smokey flavor, try stirring in an additional teaspoon of adobo sauce at the end of cooking time. I know I wouldn’t complain!
What to Serve With Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Soup
You know what I love to serve with this Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Soup? Cornbread! Specifically my Simple Sweet Cornbread as I love the contrast of the hint of sweet from the cornbread and the smokey flavor of the soup. It’s a winning combination.
And although its absolutely delicious – if I do say so myself! – I love it even more as this Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Soup is one of those recipes where you simply add all of the ingredients into your slow cooker and walk away. Once you’ve done the prep in the morning, it’s hands off until dinner time. It makes your house smell pretty fantastic, too!
How to Make Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Soup
 Combine all ingredients from onion through minced chipotle pepper in six quart slow cooker.
TIP: I like to make this recipe in this slow cooker – it comes in 4, 6 or 8 quart options – or using the slow cooker function of my Instant Pot. If using your Instant Pot, you’ll want to use the tempered glass lid instead of the top that comes with it and is used for pressure cooking.
 Add fire roasted tomatoes and chicken broth to slow cooker.
 Stir to combine all ingredients.
 Nestle chicken breasts into slow cooker. Cook on LOW six hours.
 Remove chicken and cut into bite size pieces.
Using an immersion blender, blend half of the soup within the slow cooker. Return chicken to slow cooker.
TIP: Don’t have an immersion blender? Instead, you can transfer your soup in small batches to a blender or food processor and puree to desired texture. You’ll want to insure you don’t fill your blender or food processor too full to avoid burning yourself – and making a huge mess!
 Add heavy cream and additional teaspoon of adobo sauce.
TIP: Want less heat? You can omit the additional teaspoon of adobo sauce although I recommend tasting the soup at this point before doing so. That smokey flavor is everything!
 Stir together to combine and cook on HIGH an additional 30 minutes.
If you’ve tried this Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Soup or any other recipe on Melanie Makes, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I love hearing from you and respond to each and every comment!
Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Soup
- 2 onions diced
- 4 carrots diced
- 3 Yukon Gold potatoes diced
- 15 ounce can corn drained and rinsed
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 6 garlic cloves minced
- 1 chipotle chile pepper minced
- 28 ounces diced fire roasted tomatoes
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
- chopped cilantro to garnish
- Combine all ingredients from onion through minced chipotle pepper in six quart slow cooker.
- Add fire roasted tomatoes and chicken broth to slow cooker.
- Stir to combine all ingredients.
- Nestle chicken breasts into slow cooker.
- Cook on LOW six hours.
- Remove chicken and cut into bite size pieces.
- Using an immersion blender, blend half of the soup within the slow cooker. Return chicken to slow cooker.
- Add heavy cream and additional teaspoon of adobo sauce.
- Stir together to combine and cook on HIGH an additional 30 minutes.
- If desired, garnish each bowl with chopped cilantro prior to serving.
Looking for other smokey dishes to add to your menu plan? You’ll definitely want to try these Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowls, this Instant Pot Chipotle Shredded Beef and this delicious Grilled Chipotle-Orange Salmon.