Dinner Tonight: Margarita Chicken Soup

So, this soup kind of just happened.

I was in the kitchen thinking of ways to mix and match tortilla soup (because it’s my family’s favorite soup and we can’t seem to have enough variations) when it hit me that a “margarita” version might be fun.  I didn’t want to put tequila in my slow cooker (for obvious reasons), so I thought, “what else is lemon and lime that would be a nice addition to my soup…” and then it hit me…Sprite.

A little Sprite (or 7-Up), a little lime juice and a little variation on a classic.  The best part about tortilla soup to me is that it’s made in the slow cooker…so on busy days when we’re running in the door at 6:00 and all starving, dinner is ready and waiting on us.  The best kind of weeknight suppers are the ones waiting on us.


This recipe serves four adults.

Shopping List
1 pound of chicken breasts (frozen or defrosted)
1 (10 oz) can of Rotel tomatoes
1 (12 oz) can of Sprite or 7-Up (can be diet)
1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14 oz) can of diced tomatoes
1 (14 oz) can of creamed corn
1 (1 oz) packet of taco seasoning (or 2 tablespoons of chili powder)
2 limes, quartered
1 avocado, pit removed and cut into chunks
6 to 8 green onions, chopped, optional
Shredded Cheddar to garnish, optional

In your slow cooker, layer in the first 7 ingredients.  Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours.

When you’re ready to eat, remove the lid and shred the chicken right inside the slow cooker with two forks.  Ladle soup into individual bowls and squeeze two quartered limes into each bowl.  Garnish with avocado pieces, green onions and or Cheddar.

Dinner is done…and it’s delicious too.


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  • Narci February 24, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Yum!! Looks so good, and the flavors look amazing!! Can't wait to try it!! Xoxo

  • Katie Compton February 24, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I have loved all your chicken tortilla soup variations so I can wait to try this one!! We love to marinate chicken in margarita mix and grill seasoning in the summer… try it sometime!

  • Anonymous February 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Sounds great! What do you think about using margarita mix? Thanks!

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} February 24, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I want a big ol' bowl of this right now. With TONS of cheese, guac, and tortilla chips piled high on top.

  • Lauren Nelson February 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    This sounds wonderful and I can't wait to try it soon!

  • Trisha February 24, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Shay, Just curious, why would you not cook with tequila? Wouldn't the alcohol cook out like in vodka sauce or beer in chili? I think I've seen you use alcohol in your meals before? Tequila doesn't have a lemon/lime flavor.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 24, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      In the slow cooker, liquids don't evaporate, so you would still have a lot of the alcohol left. And I wouldn't have used just tequila but a tequila based margarita mixer. You could re-create this stove top and use a mixer. Enjoy!

  • Elizabeth March 6, 2015 at 2:07 am

    I made this tonight and my husband and I loved it!!! We are big Mexican fans too!!! The best part was coming home and having dinner ready! šŸ˜‰ I really enjoy your blog Shay! šŸ™‚

  • Olga October 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Tried this recipe the other night and we loved it. My husband thought I had made a mistake when he saw me using the Sprite and once it was finished he almost didn't leave me any šŸ™‚ My 2 year old loved it too. Thank you for the easy recipes. Love coming home and having dinner ready.

  • Leslie August 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Shay! I was wondering why cream corn? Can I sub in just regular frozen corn? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 29, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      The cream corn gives it a creamier consistency but you most certainly can omit it!