Chicken Tortilla Soup

Beans and Legumes, Main Dish, Mexican, Poultry, Soup and Stew | 19 comments

It has been so cold here lately. Days where it “warms up” to temperatures in the 30′s, but the sun is bright and shining, which only makes you feel worse because it doesn’t look like it should be cold at all. Days where you need warm, fuzzy socks on your feet at all times. Kids are going bonkers because they feel cooped up, and quite frankly so do you. Add howling winds and early morning snow to top it off and you have got soup weather on your hands.

But you don’t want just any soup. You want something with a little spice. Something that isn’t just a bowl of warmth, but something that will really heat you up a spoonful at a time. And it also needs to be something that will not require you to go out in that freezing cold-howling wind-sun shining weather to purchase any crazy ingredients.

And that is why this week we had Chicken Tortilla Soup for dinner this week. Because it’s warm. It’s spicy. And I didn’t have to pick a single special ingredient up. I confess, I didn’t have the avocado or cilantro, but this bowl of goodness was equally satisfying without those ingredients. I just love this recipe and have made it several times since finding it on Jane’s blog. I’m sure you’ll love it too!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

adapted from This Week for Dinner

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1 onion, finely chopped
olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups chicken broth
1 - 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 - 14.5 oz. can corn, drained and rinsed
2 large chicken breasts
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 lime (one extra for garnish)
1 handful cilantro, chopped
4-5 corn tortillas, cut into strips
1 avocado, diced
dash cayenne pepper
1-2 tsp chili powder
1-2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
cheddar or jack cheese, shredded
sour cream


Saute onion in olive oil until soft, then add garlic, cayenne, chili powder, and cumin. Saute until fragrant (a minute or two). Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Add tomatoes, corn, black beans.

Grill or pan fry chicken spiced with cayenne, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cut up or shred chicken and add it to the soup. Try the soup and add more seasonings according to taste, if needed. Add lime juice and cilantro.

Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a large fry pan over medium-high heat, crisp up tortilla strips. Add salt.

Serve soup garnished with your choice of cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips, fresh cilantro, avocado, and a lime wedge.

Note: If spicy isn’t your thing, start with the smaller amounts of seasonings listed and adjust according to taste as needed. You can also substitute tortilla chips if you don’t have corn tortillas on hand.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    this week for dinner - jane maynard - December 11, 2009 @ 5:52 pm

    I'm so happy you like this soup. it's definitely my favorite right now! :)


  • 2
    Ashley - December 11, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

    I love tortilla soup! Thanks for the recipe!


  • 3
    Lo - December 11, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

    Yeah — tortilla soup has this way of just hitting the spot, doesn't it? Come to think of it, we haven't made any yet this season — gotta get on that!


  • 4
    Amy J in SC - December 11, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

    This does look warm and toasty.Love that bowl!


  • 5
    Maria - December 11, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

    Love your soup. I make a veggie tortilla soup that is really good too. I love all of the fun toppings you can add!


  • 6
    Leighann - December 12, 2009 @ 3:49 am

    This looks really good. And easy too. Thanks for the recipe!


  • 7
    ali @ gimme some oven - December 12, 2009 @ 3:52 am

    Mmmmm…the flavors in this sound perfect!!I'm totally loving the green bowl by the way. So cute!! :)


  • 8
    Tasty Eats At Home - December 12, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

    I love tortilla soup! I agree – sometimes just the warmth of the soup alone isn't enough – you need that spice to really heat you up! Yum!


  • 9
    katie - December 12, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

    LOOKS SOOOO GOOD! blog post + new music! New giveaway tomorrow. Woop woop!Katie


  • 10
    janelle - December 14, 2009 @ 9:31 am

    looks delicious! You are right, this blog is full of beautiful photos and recipes!


  • 11
    Anne - December 14, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

    Love tortilla soup, but I never think to add beans – great idea! My kids can never keep their hands off of those tortilla strips, either.


  • 12
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - December 15, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

    Tortilla soup is one of my favorites and I rarely add beans to it. I'll have to try that next time. great recipe!


  • 13
    Anonymous - December 16, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

    What a wonderful recipe; simple to make and all that is needed to a touch of creamy avocado – the ones from Mexico are soooo good these days


  • 14
    Shelley - December 25, 2009 @ 12:16 am

    This soup is AMAZING! It tastes a lot like the tortilla soup at Qdoba which I love. This one is a definite keeper. I just wish the rest of my family would eat it!


  • 15
    Anonymous - January 17, 2010 @ 1:28 am

    I recently made this soup for my family. WOW…this soup lives up to the title "best tortilla soup made at home"


  • 16
    Michelle @ our table of 4 - September 18, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    This look yummy. I am going to try this recipes tonight.


  • 17
    Anna - January 03, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    By far the BEST tortilla soup ever!


  • 18
    Lauren - January 14, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    Made this last night, and we really enjoyed it!


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