Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Over the last few months I come across a few really great looking chicken tortilla soups such as here and here . Given the cooler weather I though it would be the perfect time to try a hot and spicy soup. I liked the sound of using the salsa verde or green enchilada sauce in the soup. I was not able to find any tomatillos to make my own salsa verde so I went with a can. The soup turned out to be really tasty! I liked the sweetness of the corn in the otherwise spicy soup. The crunch of the tortillas was a nice contrast in texture. I garnished the soup with some sour cream and shredded cheese.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 4 jalapeno peppers (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 pound of chicken thighs (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 4 cups of chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 ounce can salsa verde
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 small corn tortillas (sliced and toasted, or tortilla chips)
  1. Heat the oil in a pan.
  2. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and the jalapeno peppers and saute until fragrant for a minute.
  4. Add the chili and cumin powders and saute for a minute.
  5. Add the chicken, stock, tomatoes, salsa verde, oregano, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
  6. Simmer for about an hour. (You could serve as soon as the chicken is cooked if you are in a hurry.)
  7. Turn off the heat and stir in the corn and cilantro.
  8. Serve with your favorite garnishes such as sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado, etc.


Ferdzy said...

Kevin, it sounds like a very yummy soup. Wish I could have some!

Elly said...

looks delicious, Kevin! One of my favorite kinds of soup.

Anna said...

This is similar to the recipe I use. One thing I like to add is either a spoonful of honey or, if I have it, a spoonful of hot pepper jelly. I find the sweet stuff brings out the flavor of the tomatoes. It's interesting how many variations there are on tortilla soup. We tend to order it wherever we go just to get a sampling of how other people make it. I like your version because it seems relatively light and healthy. I'm not fond of the ones with cream or too much melted cheese.

Tara said...

Your soup looks great. This is one of my favorite soups and I've seen many different recipes for it. I made a batch back in November. Yum!

Helene said...

This looks really good. I'll have to try it.

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Very interesting, and those tortillas around the soup look very nice!!


Bellini Valli said...

Great shot Kevin. Sure could use some of that soup for my lunch today. I decided to take a tetra pack soup to work...can't you FED-Ex me some of yours?

canarygirl said...

YUM! That sounds delicious! We had Mexican yesterday, too! :)

Peter M said...

Lots of ingredients but simple enough, pefect for this cool, windy day.

Pam said...

Kevin, Looks good! I was comparing your recipe with what I did, and I see you increased the spices. I'm going to try that next time too.

Deborah said...

I adore chicken tortilla soup. This sounds like a great recipe for it!

Maryann said...

This looks great, Kevin :)

Nora B. said...

Hi Kevin,
I've not heard of tortilla soup before, so this is great that I am learning something new. I like soup with a bit of kick, so I know I will like this soup.


Proud Italian Cook said...

Kevin, your tortilla soup looks great, would love to have a bowl right now!!

Pixie said...

This soup looks great, must try it someday soonish.

Kalyn said...

Great photo of the soup, and it looks just delicious. One of my favorite soups for a long time!

The Lyman Family said...

This soup was delicious. What better time of year to have soup than January. It's Nine degrees in Utah right now.

Anonymous said...

this is the best tortilla soup i have made n a really long time! me and my wife made this this weekend from the food we ordered from and it was perfect with the mood of the day. We might even cook it this weekend when we watch the mighty Chargers defeat the weak Patriots! GO CHARGERS!!!

Debbie said...

I came down with an itchy throat cold and decided to run through your archive to see what sounded like a healing remedy. This one did it. I love that it is so tasty, so many flavors from the oregano, tomatoes to the salsa verde.

Thanks for the cure...

hershyscorner said...

made this last night and YUMMO!!!! best ever soup i've made. love your site :)

Shan Cait said...

This has been printed and added to my recipe book - I have made several times and each time I love it! Thanks for sharing!! I now have a go to tortilla soup!!!

Anonymous said...

How many servings is this?

Kevin said...

Anonymous: This makes 4 servings. Enjoy!

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