Chicken Tortilla Soup [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 4 reviews

Chicken Main Dishes Recipes Soups and Stews

Cook time Cook time: 40 minutes

Chicken Tortilla Soup adds heat to the cold nights of winter! Let this dish warm you up this season! It is flavorful, hearty, and makes for a quick dinner! Check out the recipe video below for a quick step by step tutorial. 

I have got a handful of tortilla inspired recipes like this one alongside Crack Turkey Pinwheels, Chicken Enchilada Casserole, and Cheese Quesadilla! Be sure to check them out!

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Chicken Tortilla Soup is a colorful and heartwarming and will make any gloomy winter night truly festive and warm! It is a Mexican kind of night here at our home and this dish is the star.

I love how it is so easy to make and yet, I can feed my whole family and still manage to have leftovers. And yes, it makes for a great freezer meal!

If it is too cold outside, or if you are too lazy to make anything fancy, then, have this dish ready for reheating. Besides, it is a complete meal already.

It has protein, carbs, vegetables, and spices that make this dish flavorful. And my favorite part? The crispy tortillas that provide a nice textural contrast to the tomato-based soup!

What is Tortilla Soup?

It is an amalgamation of all things Mexican! Having been brought along by migrants, it is a common offering among Mexican restaurants.

It has a rich combination of spices that provide the most authentic Mexican flavors. These spices, along with the aromatics, impart flavor the protein and veggies that can also be found in this dish.

It contains tomatoes, beans, corn, and cilantro cooked and seasoned in a low-sodium broth. And most especially, this soup is named after the crunchy tortilla strips that this dish is topped with and makes it more hearty.

How to make Chicken Tortilla Soup:

  • Prep the tortilla: Toss the corn tortillas in olive oil and season with kosher salt. Then, pop in the oven placed on a lined baking sheet. This will take a while, so, it is good to prepare the soup at this point.
  • Sauté: In a Dutch oven, cook the aromatics and some peppers.
  • Boil: Add in the rest of the ingredients except for the cilantro and allow it to boil for a few minutes. If the soup seems too thick, feel free to add more broth. You simply have to adjust the taste later. Then, add in the cilantro last. Simmer some more and season to taste.
  • Serve: Portion into bowls and top with the crispy tortillas. Garnish as you like and serve.

How to make it thicker?

You can put a slurry of cornstarch and water into the soup and stir. Or, you can have the tortillas dissolve into the broth and make it thicker.

What to serve with Chicken Tortilla Soup:

It is a complete meal on its own. But if you are to serve this with something else, then, a light leafy salad will do or any of the following:

How to Store:

  • Refrigerate: Putting this in the fridge in airtight containers extends the shelf life of this dish for up to 5 or 7 days.
  • Freeze: This makes for a great freezer meal that can last for up to 6 months. Simply wait for it to cool completely, then, transfer to freeze-proof containers.
  • To reheat: Thaw it overnight in the fridge, then, reheat on the stove.

Recipe Tips:

  • Since we are using canned beans for this, make sure to rinse the beans before adding them in, to wash off any excess salt.
  • The flavors could be intense, especially the spiciness, so, feel free to cut back on the spices depending on your preference.
  • For the meat, you can use any part of the chicken, and even leftover or rotisserie chicken. Just shred it with forks. You can even use beef!

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5 from 4 reviews

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup adds heat to the cold nights of winter! Let this dish warm you up this season! It is flavorful, hearty, and makes for a quick dinner!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings of about 2.5 cups
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 40 mins


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Nutrition information

Calories: 482 Carbohydrates: 63 Protein: 26 Fat: 16 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 35 Sodium: 2499 Potassium: 1243 Fiber: 15 Sugar: 8 Vitamin A: 1611 Vitamin C: 63 Calcium: 176 Iron: 6
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robin rue

This soup sounds so good. I can't wait to try your recipe.



I love a good chicken tortilla soup! I have it for dinner at least twice a month.



Soups are my favorite this time of year. This tortilla soup looks incredibly delicious!



Its finally cool enough to want soup!! So yummy!!


Mama to 6 Blessings

I am drooling! We are going camping soon, this would be a great recipe to make for the cold weather!


Brianne Tursi Manz

I love this chicken tortilla soup! It looks delicious and easy to make! I look forward to making this soon!


Celebrate Woman Today

I love chicken tortilla soup when it's hot. I also find it yummy with a spoonful of sour cream.


Tara Pittman

This is my husbands favorite soup. This is a recipe that I need to make



I really want to make a batch of this soup right now. This is just what I need now that winter is almost here.



Yum! This recipe is perfect for cold winter weeknights. And thanks for the helpful tips... rinsing the beans to reduce the salt is smart.


Myrah Duque

I LOVE Tortilla soup! It's easy to pair and store. I need to make this recipe!


Krystel | Frugal Living

This makes my mouth water. Need to try it for usre


Lyanna Soria

That chicken tortilla soup is making me quite hungry and looks absolutely delicious! Definitely wanna try making this sometime.



Oh my, this is my all time favorite soup! I was going to have some today for lunch since it's a cold rainy day here in SoCal! Now I want some even more. YUMM!!



This looks absolutely delicious and full of flavor! I love that it's gluten free too, and that you give some alternate options like thickening with cornstarch. Yum!


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