Mexican Quick and Easy Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup

Mexican Quick and Easy Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup | All that's Jas

Quick and easy homemade chicken tortilla soup is classic comfort food. This hearty soup is loaded with Mexican flavors, chicken, beans, and spices, topped with cheese and baked tortilla strips for an effortless meal your whole family will love.

 

Finished chicken tortilla soup served in a white dish.

 

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but chicken tortilla soup is delightful.

 

I apologize for the jingle, but do you know that feeling when your soul is just so warm that you just feel like singing? Well, this amazing homemade chicken tortilla soup does that for me.

 

Chicken tortilla soup is great any time of the year, and if it’s on the menu at a restaurant, I’ll order it without hesitation. However, there’s something about a hot, homemade soup with a little kick to it that really revives you on a winter day.

 

Homemade soup is absolutely superior to canned soup, and even bowls that you’re served at restaurants. Have you ever looked at the sodium content in a can of soup? It’s a little frightening.

 

Luckily, you can control your salt levels when you make your soup from scratch. Plus, everything just tastes that much more fresh and flavorful. Don’t think you have time for homemade soup? Have no fear; this soup only takes about 30 minutes to make.

 

You can also control the heat of this soup. I know people who like to go all out, by using all of the garlic, jalapeños, and spices; and then go as far as to put jalapeños on top and add a dash of hot sauce. That should warm you up real quick!

 

HOMEMADE CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

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Super delicious homemade Mexican chicken soup with tortilla strips.

 

I promise this recipe is easy when I say it. Because who doesn’t love to make life easier and take advantage of little shortcuts?  Use cooked rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken from yesterday’s dinner. All you have to do is pull it apart and toss it right into your pot. Easy peasy.

 

Now, the most important aspect of this recipe is how you dress up your bowl of chicken tortilla soup. Your choice of accouterment says a lot about you, you know. And if you’re not adding anything on top, well then I’m not sure what there is to say!

 

This delicious soup is even better the next day. All of the flavors are in a long-term relationship and fuse together so nicely. That analogy wasn’t too weird, right? It’s time to start cooking.

 

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Quick and easy Mexican chicken soup with baked tortilla strips.

 

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

 

Seriously, this recipe is super easy to make and it requires just a few simple steps and you’ll be done in 30 minutes. Here’s what to do:

 

  1. Line a large baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Cut the corn tortillas into strips and bake for 15-18 minutes on 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Meanwhile, saute onions and garlic in a large Dutch oven or saucepan.
  4. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes with juice, black beans, corn, cooked chicken, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve soup in bowls topped with tortilla strips and garnishes like avocado, sour cream, and cilantro.

 

That’s it! You’ll have a delicious, hearty soup in the same time Rachael Ray would make it.😉

 

Hoe to make Mexican chicken tortilla soup at home.

 

RECIPE NOTES FOR HOMEMADE CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

 

A few tips for making the best chicken tortilla soup, as well as some variations you can try!

  • Use store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time or use leftover chicken you have on hand. You can even cook your own chicken in a skillet.
  • If the overall liquid level looks low or you prefer your soup to have more broth, add 1 to 2 cups of water; you’ll adjust the salt and seasoning levels at the end.
  • What’s tortilla soup without tortilla strips? Don’t skimp on this ingredient! Be sure to also include shredded cheese, avocado, and a dollop of sour cream. The soup will taste just that much better!
  • If you dislike cilantro, sprinkle your soup with parsley. Fresh herbs are great for added flavor and also make any dish pop.
  • For more heat, top your soup with sliced jalapenos or chipotle peppers.
  • A squeeze of lime is the perfect finishing touch!
  • Serve the toppings separate for a restaurant-style “build your own bowl” for more fun and especially if you have picky eaters.
  • Store the soup in the fridge for up to 7 days, and freeze for up to 6 months. Don’t you just love meals you can freeze?

 

This soup especially hits the spot in winter after a long day of work but I love it any time of the year. If you’re thinking ahead and planning Cinco de Mayo menu, this chicken tortilla soup should definitely be on the top of your list!

 

IF YOU LIKE THIS EASY SOUP RECIPE, TRY THESE: 

· Cajun Chicken Gumbo with Barley

· Sopa de Pollo

· Roux Soup

· Beer and Cheddar Soup

 

Loaded homemade chicken tortilla soup.

 

One year ago: Spicy Fillo Samosa Edible Firecrackers

Three years ago: Mimosa

Four years ago: Tiramisu Cheesecake

 

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Mexican Quick and Easy Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup

This perfectly spiced quick and easy homemade Mexican chicken tortilla soup is a classic comfort dish your whole family will love!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

Tortilla Strips

  • 10 small corn tortillas cut into 1/4-inch wide strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste

Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 32 ounces 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes and juice
  • 1 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn canned, frozen or fresh
  • 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle peppers paste or peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves finely minced
  • Diced avocado shredded cheese, and sour cream for serving, optional
  • Peppers in adobo sauce for garnishing optional

DIRECTIONS:

Tortilla Strips

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and spread the tortilla strips.
  • Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and toss to coat evenly.
  • Bake for until crisp and lightly golden brown, about 15 -18 minutes; set aside.

Soup

  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven or saucepan.
  • Add the onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in the chicken broth, tomatoes with juice, beans, corn, chicken, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper, and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the cilantro and remove the pan from the heat.
  • Make any necessary seasoning adjustments (i.e. more salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, etc.).
  • Ladle soup into bowls and top with tortilla strips. Garnish with avocado, cheese, sour cream, chopped cilantro, and chipotle peppers or peppers in adobo if using. Add a squeeze of lime juice or serve lime wedges on the side. Serve immediately.

RECIPE NOTES:

  • If the overall liquid level looks low or you prefer your soup to have more broth, add 1 to 2 cups of water; you’ll adjust the salt and seasoning levels at the end.
  • What's tortilla soup without tortilla strips? Don't skimp on this ingredient! Be sure to also include shredded cheese, avocado, and a dollop of sour cream. The soup will taste just that much better!
  • If you dislike cilantro, sprinkle your soup with parsley. Fresh herbs are great for added flavor and also make any dish pop.
  • For more heat, top your soup with sliced jalapenos or chipotle peppers.
  • A squeeze of lime is the perfect finishing touch!
  • Serve the toppings separate for a restaurant-style "build your own bowl" for more fun and especially if you have picky eaters.
  • Store the soup in the fridge for up to 7 days, and freeze for up to 6 months. Don't you just love meals you can freeze?
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This recipe was adapted from Averie Cooks.

 

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14 Comment

  1. Reply
    passion fruit, paws and peonies
    December 22, 2018 at 2:57 am

    This is such the sort of meal my family craves. Thanks for this recipe I’ll use this! xx Merry Christmas to you ! Maria

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 23, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      So happy you like it! Merry Christmas, Maria!

  2. Reply
    Jhuls
    December 23, 2018 at 12:57 am

    This soup is so perfect timing!! I am craving for something comforting and this looks amazing to me. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday Party, Jas! x

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      Glad you like it, Jhuls! Happy Holidays!

  3. Reply
    Ron
    December 27, 2018 at 3:31 am

    We eat a lot of soup and a good tortilla soup would be perfect just now as “the weather outside is frightful”! I love the different types of heat you combined in your soup and I can’t wait to try this one.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 27, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      Thank you, Ron! It’s pretty tasty, if I may say so myself 😀

  4. Reply
    Donna Reidland
    December 28, 2018 at 9:25 am

    We love tortilla soup and this mix of seasonings sounds delicious. Definitely going to try it!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 30, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      It’s such a comforting soup, Donna. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Happy New Year!

  5. Reply
    Karly
    December 30, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Yum! I will definitely be making this!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 30, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      Enjoy! 😀 Happy New Year, Karly!

  6. Reply
    Carol
    January 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Oh my yum. One of my favorites and it’s definitely soup weather by me right now. Featuring when my link party opens up tonight. Happy New Year!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 4, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you so much, Carol! We’re still waiting for the snow this season, although I can happily go without it, lol.

  7. Reply
    Kippi
    January 3, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Yum, I just pinned this fantastic recipe. Happy New Year, Kippi

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 4, 2019 at 10:20 pm

      Thank you, Kippi! Happy 2019!

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