Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe from

It’s raining here in Southern California! This doesn’t happen nearly often enough, and when it does I get so excited. I’m snuggled on the couch today with Henry, the dog, and the cats. I have all the doors and windows open so the house is super cold, and we’re snuggled in pjs and heavy blankets. I have been making this chicken tortilla soup about once a week lately to test the recipe, and I think I need to make it today.

Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe from

I’ve recently realized that Soup is my favorite meal. It’s just so dang comforting! It’s been all about the chicken tortilla in this house lately, but I’m always up for a ridiculous pasta soup or cheesy potato soup. I also realized that Soup is pretty much the most difficult meal to eat while holding a baby. Henry now has several soup-stained onesies. Whoops.

Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe from

Abby calls this taco soup, because it has all the same flavors as the tacos we make. Neither Abby nor Katie liked the fried tortilla strips in the soup, but they did enjoy the gobs of cheese I piled into each bowl. Also, they asked for straws so they could drink the broth? Weird, but whatever gets them finishing their dinners! The recipe below calls for cumin, but I ran out of cumin one day so left it out and the soup stood on its own without it. So you can leave it out, or use chili powder instead, or any other southwestern spice you love!

Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe from

Most chicken tortilla soup recipes call for tomatoes, but I am allergic and the rest of my family doesn’t like tomatoes, so I used red bell peppers to maintain the color. I also blend the aromatics into the stock after cooking the chicken to preserve all those flavors as well as thicken the soup.

Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe from

Serve tons of toppings on the side so everybody can customize their own bowl, and make sure you have plenty of fried corn tortilla strips to go around! Enjoy this chicken tortilla soup on a rainy day like today for some much needed warmth and comfort.

What are you favorite cold weather recipes?

Yields serves 6-8

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  • whole chicken (4-5 pounds)
  • kosher or sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 red bell peppers, divided
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • toppings:
  • fried tortilla strips or crushed chips
  • diced jalapeƱo
  • sliced avocado
  • fresh cilantro
  • shredded cheese
  • lime wedges
  • hot sauce


  1. Place the chicken in a large 5-6 quart stock pot and season well with salt and black pepper.
  2. Roughly chop the onion, 1 red bell pepper, carrots, celery, and garlic cloves. Add to the chicken in the pot along with the bay leaves, and cover with water.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 2 hours.
  4. Remove the chicken to a plate to cool. Once cool enough to handle, shred the meat. Remove and discard the bay leaves.
  5. Use an immersion blender to blend the broth until smooth.
  6. Dice the remaining red bell pepper and add to the soup along with the black beans, corn, cumin, oregano, juice from 1 lime, and the shredded chicken. Taste the soup and add more salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Simmer until the vegetables are fork tender and the soup is warmed through, about 20 minutes.
  8. Serve with desired accompaniments.



129 cal


2 g


25 g


3 g
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11 Comments on Chicken Tortilla Soup

  1. Melanie
    November 21, 2016 at 11:32 am (4 years ago)
    Chicken tortilla soup is my favorite!
  2. Jolina
    November 21, 2016 at 1:05 pm (4 years ago)
    Straws in soups is a sign of resounding success! :) Your tortilla soup looks amazing. And I think soup IS my favourite cold weather dish. We've had soup almost everyday this past week it's been so cold up here!
  3. Jillian
    November 21, 2016 at 7:33 pm (4 years ago)
    This soup looks phenomenal!
  4. Rebecca M.
    November 21, 2016 at 7:34 pm (4 years ago)
    We FINALLY have some chilly weather here in South Georgia and now I am totally craving soup! I love chicken tortilla soup and this recipe sounds amazing!!
    • Sarah Elizabeth
      December 5, 2016 at 11:38 pm (4 years ago)
      Even when it is hot outside, sometimes I'll turn on the AC and make soup anyway!
  5. Stephanie Huston
    November 21, 2016 at 8:46 pm (4 years ago)
    Chicken tortilla soup is one of my favorites, yet I never make it at home. Thats about to change!
  6. Angela
    November 22, 2016 at 9:19 am (4 years ago)
    Im thinking this is going on my list of things to make with leftover turkey too! YUM!!
  7. Lori Vachon
    November 23, 2016 at 12:07 pm (4 years ago)
    Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorites, it would be great for dinner tonight!
  8. Jennifer Corter
    November 26, 2016 at 3:18 pm (4 years ago)
    I love me some good tortilla soup! This recipe looks delicious and I am definitely going to have to try it!

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