Chicken Tortilla Soup

This chicken tortilla soup is super easy to make, but very flavorful and is the perfect comfort food.

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Ingredients and Recipe

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Recipe Credit
Publisher – Spending with Pennies 'Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Cheesy Croutons'
Note: This recipe has been updated + slightly altered for website editorial purposes.
Servings 6 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins


  • Chefs Knife
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Mise en Place Bowls
  • Can Opener
  • Lime Juicer
  • Colander
  • Dutch Oven or Large Pot
  • Rubber spatula
  • Cooking Thermometer
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Spider
  • Serving Spoon


For the Soup

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 14½ oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 oz can diced tomatoes with chilis such as Muir Glen
  • 1 14½ oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups chicken broth preferably homemade
  • 1 cup corn (from about 4 corncobs) preferably cut off the cob, drained if canned
  • 2 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • ¼ cup cilantro (25g) chopped
  • 1 lime juiced

For the Crispy Tortilla Strips

  • 6 corn tortillas cut into ¼ inch strips
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • kosher salt to taste

For the Toppings

  • 1 avocado sliced, for garnish
  • 1 tbsp cilantro leaves for garnish
  • lime wedges sliced or quartered, for garnish


For the Soup

  • Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and jalapeño and cook until onion is softened, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and turn heat to high until simmering. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (165°F).

For the Crispy Tortilla Strips

  • While the soup is simmering, line a plate with paper towels.
  • Heat ½ cup olive oil over medium-high heat in a small saucepan. Once the temperature reaches 350°F, about 3-5 minutes, add tortilla strips in small batches and fry until crisp, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the saucepan using a spider or slotted spoon and transfer to the plate with paper towels. Salt immediately so the tortilla strips hold onto the seasoning. Repeat for remaining batches.


  • Spoon soup into bowls and and top with cilantro leaves, tortilla strips, lime wedges and sliced avocado. Enjoy!
Author: Holly at Spending with Pennies
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican

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