Chicken Tortilla Soup

For someone who loves to cook as much as I do, there are days, plenty of them in fact, where I just want a delicious dinner to appear before my eyes, requiring as little work as possible. This Chicken Tortilla Soup is that answer to my prayers. With just a little bit of effort on my part, I'm able to get this flavorful soup on the table for my family without spending hours in the kitchen preparing it.

And who doesn't like tortilla chips? When I put Kenya and Chloe’s bowls in front of them with some tortilla chips on the side, their eyes light up. They love that I let them use their hands to break up the chips to sprinkle on top of the soup and then stir them in, making dinner not only an interactive experience, but a super fun one at that!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup (Serves 4-6)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 25 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper or Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 Tsp cumin powder
  • 1 32 oz Box Chicken Broth
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 1/2 Cups Frozen Corn Kernels
  • 1 15 oz Can Tomato, diced
  • 1 Lb chicken breast, boneless and skinless
  • juice of 1 lime
  • Crushed Tortilla Chips

Preparation

1. In a large pot, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and sauté the onions and salt for 3 minutes.
2. Add the bell peppers, garlic clove and cumin and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
3. Add the broth and remaining ingredients (except for the lime juice & tortilla chips). Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
4. After 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of your chicken breasts) remove the chicken from the pot and shred, using a fork. Place the shredded chicken back into the pot with the lime juice and simmer for another 3-4 minutes or until chicken is heated though.
5. Remove bay leaf, pour soup into bowls, and top with crushed tortilla chips for everyone to stir in on their own. Serve with desired toppings on the side.

Accompaniments

Shredded Monterey Jack, Mexican Cheese Blend, Avocado, Sour Cream, Cilantro, Diced Green Onion

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45 comments

  • Maryea

    I love your colorful tortilla chips. I can't wait until my little one will eat soup consistently. My husband and I love to eat soups all winter long.

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  • Christine

    This seems like a healthy, easy, delicious recipe, all requirements when it comes to my cooking, thank you.

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  • Yeni

    I have these ingredients on hand year round, so this will be an easy one to add to the soup rotation. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Ecaterina

      i actually tried the chkecin mesquite one , it was great ! i was a bit skeptical...but from the moment i opened it , it seemed greatI also brought the steak one...and as soon as i opened it...it smelled disgustingive seen all bad reviews on the steak and i agree. the chkecin one is the best and all i did was add cheese and corn chips on the side...yum !

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  • AASpark

    Looks great. I have a recipe like this that I add extra chicken. Once I shred teh chicken when the soup is done I have extra yummy chicken for topping salads or making really quick quesadillas. I even use some of the corn and tomato from he soup for them and add some caramelized onions. really yummy!!

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  • Julia's Child

    Oh! I've been thinking about Tortilla soup lately. How did you know!!! Can't wait to make this. Perhaps tomorrow.
    S.P.

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  • Jill

    I do this exact recipe - I just also add black beans and a jar of salsa - sometimes mango salsa for sweetness - this is one of my faves!

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  • Allison

    We had this soup for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I added a can of black beans for a little extra protein.

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  • Kathy

    This looks delicious, are there substitutions for the corn kernels and tortilla chips? i know it's tortilla soup, but my daughter is allergic to corn.... i really want to make this but don't know what to sub it with. Thanks!

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    • Catherine

      You can omit the corn and the corn chips and it will still be delicious!

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  • Marie

    I made this for dinner last night and it was great. It would also be good with a can of black beans. I'll add them next time. Thank you!

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  • Jacquie

    Making this for my sniffley toddler tonight and it smells delicious!! :)

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  • Kandice Ames

    This is probably a dumb question, but do you put the chicken in raw?
    Thanks!!

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    • Trisha

      I am wondering the same thing. So not a dumb question! ;-)

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    • Miriam

      Yes, chicken does go in raw.

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  • Kelly

    I added a can of diced green chili's and it was GREAT!

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    • Lizzy

      Same question here :). I'm a vegetarian so I struggle in this dept.

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  • PuzzlingChristian

    Yummy!

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  • Katie

    Can this be frozen? Trying to find healthy recipes to freeze for after baby arrives!

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    • Catherine

      Yes you can freeze :)

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  • Lori

    Looks yummy! I think I'm going to try this in the crock pot and see how it turns out...then, it can be a great dinner to come home to on the days I work late!

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    • Britney

      Did you try this in the crockpot? Howd it turn out? Thinking I may try in the crockpot this week

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  • Michelle

    Another hit! Can't wait to try more of your recipes!

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  • Miriam

    Another yummy, and addicting hit... Thanks!!

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  • Amanda

    Drain the tomatoes or include the liquid?

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    • Amanda

      Nevermind, dumb question :)

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  • Julie P.

    Loved both the simplicity and the great flavor. My son isn't big on soup but said yum right away when he tasted the broth. This will be a regular in our line up. Oh, added one more clove of garlic and also cilantro. Like everyone's suggestions on the black beans as well.

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  • Delicious and easy!! Recommend and loved it just how it is!

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  • Bren

    This sounds soo yummy & I'm sure it's tasty. I'm gonna try. So, just thaw in fridge? I love this app!

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  • vmeyn4

    This soup is wonderful, and so easy to make. Even my picky husband gobbled it up! Loved it!! Thanks!

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  • Lindsay

    I made a few tweaks to this recipe to make it a little more hearty and protein-dense, as well as a little more flavor-filled (at least for our tastes).

    I added 2 small cans of diced green chilis; 2 cans of rinsed, drained navy beans, and I substituted a bag of Trader Joe's frozen soycutash blend rather than simply adding the corn (edamame, corn, red bell peppers). It turned out DELICIOUS and we had enough for 3 meals for our family of four, so we ate one, and froze two.

    Just wanted to share my tweaks

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  • Allison

    This soup is awesome...but I do think the salt content is a little high to be considered \"healthy\". There is sodium in the broth, salt on the chips, loads of salt in canned tomatoes, plus an additional 1 tsp of salt. I think you could probably use unsalted tortilla, fresh tomatoes, omit the extra salt and it would still be really yummy... and alot more healthy.

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  • Emily

    This was the first recipe I tried from your website, and it was delicious! My husband said it was the best soup I have ever made! I followed the recipe but added a couple items suggested by other comments - 2 fresh chopped tomatoes from my garden, a can's worth of rinsed black beans, and extra chicken broth to keep everything soupy. I will be making this again soon!

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  • Micholah

    I just made this for dinner tonight, and it was perfect! Thanks for all of the wonderful dishes! This website is what I have been looking for!

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  • Julie

    Just made this, sooo good! Even better with a dollop of Greek yogurt and some shredded cheddar :)

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  • Susan

    Catherine, most chicken tortilla recipes call for cooking or poaching the chicken before adding to the soup. What would be the reason for that ? This is so much easier and probably absorbs the flavor from rest of the ingredients?

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  • Melissa

    Bought your book and tried making this soup. I really like the taste the lime gives it. Very tasty soup!

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  • Gesenia

    Made this last night. OMG super easy and super delicious. Thank you

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  • Nicole Head

    This stuff is amazing! Love it with a little feta in it. Sounds strange, I know, but we learned it from a little coffee shop in the mountains, and it's perfect with this recipe.

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  • Silke

    Dear Catherine: Can this soup be made in a slow cooker?

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    • McCord

      I haven't tested that, but yes I think it can be done! Throw everything in the crock pot together and cook on low 6 hours, or high 4 hours. Shred the chicken and serve with toppings! Let me know if you try it and how it works out!

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  • Sarah S

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! My whole family loved it and it was so easy to make! Definitely a repeat for us!

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  • Missy

    Love this soup! It’s a staple in our house. Do you happen to know calories per serving? Thank you!

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