Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Not that I am counting but I think I have eaten soup at least 17 times in the last two weeks.  What can I say?  It’s just that time of year.  And this big pot of chicken tortilla soup has fed me nearly half of those. This soup goes a long way!

Chicken Tortilla Soup | Bake Your Day

KC has experienced a bit of a cold front over the last few days so when I found myself shivering a bit this weekend, I found myself craving comfort food.  And that comfort food craving turned into soup craving that turned in to a tortilla soup craving.  And a big plus that was on my side: I had every single last ingredient in the fridge or pantry so no grocery run needed.  And when it’s the first cool weekend of fall, that is a big score!

Not only is this tortilla soup incredibly simple, if you are short on time,  it can be done in as little as 45 minutes.  Score again!  I love the mix of canned and fresh vegetables, lots of fresh cilantro and lime juice and, of course, the (homemade!) crispy tortilla strips.  It wouldn’t be tortilla soup without ’em!

Chicken Tortilla Soup | Bake Your Day

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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Classic chicken tortilla soup loaded with veggies, roasted chicken and favorite Mexican flavors.


for the soup:
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. paprika
1 Tbs. olive oil, divided
1 large red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 lime, juiced and zested
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10-ounce) can green chiles
1 (14.5) ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup fresh corn
1Tbs. tomato paste
32 ounces low-sodium chicken stock
Salt & pepper to taste

for the garnish:
Sliced lime
Diced avocado
Sour cream
Tortilla strips (see note below)
Diced onion
Chopped fresh cilantro
Shredded cheese


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, kosher salt, oregano and paprika. Brush both sides of each chicken breast with a light coating of olive oil. Sprinkle a small amount of the spice mixture onto both sides of each chicken breast and transfer to a non-stick baking sheet. Roast the chicken in the oven for 20-25 minutes, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through. Allow the chicken to cool for about 10 minutes, and then shred.

While the chicken cooks, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Add the onion and garlic, along with a pinch of salt, and saute for 3-4 minutes until the onions are very fragrant and they begin to soften. Add the bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, lime zest and cilantro and stir well. Cook for another 3-4 minutes until the peppers begin to soften. Add the remaining spice mixture, black beans, green chiles, diced tomatoes and the corn and stir well. Cook for about 6 minutes until all of the vegetables are tender. Add the tomato paste and stir to combine.

Slowly stir in the chicken stock and add the cooked & shredded chicken and bring the soup to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Cassie's Notes:
If you prefer beef: cook one pound of ground beef in a skillet. Add about half of the spice mixture and 2 tablespoons water. Cook for about 10 minutes until the liquid is evaporated, stirring occasionally. Add into the soup when instructed to add the chicken.

To make homemade tortilla strips: preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut 4-5 round corn tortillas into strips. Toss the strips with two tablespoons of olive oil and one teaspoon salt. Spread in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, flipping once, until golden brown and crispy.

Inspired by The Pioneer Woman's Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup | Bake Your Day


69 Responses to “Chicken Tortilla Soup”

  1. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — October 10, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    There is just nothing like a big bowl of soup this time of year! Chicken tortilla soup is one of our favorites, too!

  2. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 10, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    Looks delish!! I haven’t made Chicken Tortilla Soup in awhile… I’ll have to make it again soon!

  3. #
    Blog is the New Black — October 10, 2012 @ 6:34 am

    This looks perfectly comforting for a cool, fall day!

  4. #
    DessertForTwo — October 10, 2012 @ 6:43 am

    Chicken tortilla soup is one of my all-time favorite soups! I love your version 🙂

  5. #
    Rachel Cooks — October 10, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    This looks so perfect! Great time of year for it.

  6. #
    Laura @FoodSnobSTL — October 10, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    I was just thinking how I wan to make chicken tortilla soup for dinner! I’m going to have to try your recipe out.

  7. #
    Emily — October 10, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    Yum, yum, yum! This sounds so good right now! Love the pictures!

  8. #
    kita — October 10, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    Im with you, I have had more soup in the last few weeks then I think in years before. But Im ok with it. This soup looks perfect and I would totally add more soup to the menu if this were in front of me!

  9. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — October 10, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    This soup would be so perfect today! We all are coming down with colds and it’s wet and chilly outside. I think I need to make a trip to the store today 🙂

  10. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — October 10, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Cassie… this is gorgeous! All I want is soup lately, so this post just doubled my craving!

  11. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 10, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    I am I am I am SOOOOOO making this next week! Finally, it’s chillier here in Sacramento and I’ve been dying for a comforting bowl of soup. This looks perfect!

  12. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — October 10, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    I can’t wait until you feed me this here in about 15 minutes.

  13. #
    tina | my life as a mrs — October 10, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Can I please be neighbors with you and Ali… seriously jealous of you 2! 😉 This is one of my ALL.TIME.FAVORITE.SOUPS 🙂

  14. #
    Kate@Diethood — October 10, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Look at all that goodness in there! Love me some tortilla soup! It’s been in the low 50’s here in Indiana and all I want is soup…your recipe is about to go to print!

  15. #
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health — October 10, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    you have a great blog and love your philosophy on life- eat good food and live good life which is what I want to do as well..and the tortilla soup looks great- its time to load up on soups!

  16. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — October 10, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Chicken tortilla soup os one of my absolute favorites – I could eat it every day! And your version looks just wonderful.

  17. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 10, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Chicken tortilla soup is my favorite especially when it’s chilly outside!

  18. #
    carrian — October 10, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Dear Cassie, Please stop being amazing.
    Sincerely, me.
    Actually, do keep being amazing. I’m making this tomorrow. Pinned it!

  19. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 10, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Sorry you have been feeling under the weather. I love chicken tortilla soup it is such a classic!

  20. #
    Holly — October 10, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    I adore Chicken Tortilla soup! I am so happy soup season is finally here! ♥

  21. #
    Anna — October 10, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    I love soup season! Your version of this looks delicious.

  22. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — October 10, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    I’ve been eating soup every day even though it’s still in the 80’s here! Totally pinning this right now.

  23. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — October 10, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    I’m pretty sure all I ever eat is soup. Yum!!

  24. #
    Bailey — October 10, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    Mmm, looks delish! We had tortellini soup last night. Soup is the one and only reason I enjoy cold weather. I too love homemade tortilla strips in our tortilla soup, but sadly… and I hate to admit this, I always buy premade packs of tortilla soup! Your recipe looks so easy, I’ll have to start making this instead of cheating! Haha!

  25. #
    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — October 10, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    Oh heck yes! It just started to cool off in NYC and this will be PERFECT for a weeknight dinner. Love it!

  26. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 10, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    I love everything about this! I can’t wait to make this, curl up on the couch with a blanket, and catch up on dexter! Sounds like the perfect day.

  27. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 10, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    This looks so hearty and delicious! I was thinking of making soup for dinner tonight – this might make the cut!

  28. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — October 10, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    Too funny! We are having chicken tortilla soup for dinner tonight. Perhaps I will try to incorporate some of this recipe! Chicken tortilla soup is just one of my favorites!

  29. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — October 10, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    I’d like a gallon of this : )

  30. #
    Cookin' Cowgirl — October 10, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    Soup is definitely my comfort food too! Well, that and chili! Anything warm in a bowl that I can wrap my cold little hands around!

  31. #
    Carrie @ bakeaholic mama — October 10, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    It is so rainy and yukky out up here, all I want is soup these days. This looks amazing!

  32. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — October 10, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    This soup looks so good. We’ve been living off soup for the past few days, too, and I love it. Pinned.

  33. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 10, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    Chicken tortilla is my hubby’s favorite soup! I’ll have to make it for him! It looks awesome.

  34. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 10, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    Chicken tortilla soup is the best! Love it!

  35. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — October 10, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    I could go for a big bowl of this now! It’s so cold and dreary here and this looks like the perfect soup to warm me up!

  36. #
    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — October 10, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    Such a warm and hearty soup, perfect for a fall day. The soup looks so great in that pretty red bowl.

  37. #
    Natalie — October 10, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    I made it over! Are you proud of me? heh. Tortilla soup is one of my most favorite things ever. I’d eat it 17 times in two weeks, too. (That and pizza. But the side effects wouldn’t be as harsh with the soup. :))

  38. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — October 10, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    this would be AMAZING to have during this cold front we’re having too!! i would curl up on the couch and watch tv while slurping this. i love love chicken tortilla soups!!

  39. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 10, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    Isn’t it just one of the best? I love chicken tortilla soup so much.

  40. #
    luv what you do — October 10, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    I LOVE chicken tortilla soup, and I can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks so tasty and satisfying…perfect time of year for it!

  41. #
    Tracey — October 10, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    I only tried chicken tortilla soup for the first time in the last few years, but it’s quickly become a favorite! Yours looks awesome, total comfort food.

  42. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — October 11, 2012 @ 2:34 am

    I simply cannot pass your delicious tortilla soup and I just put the missing ingredients in my shopping list! YUM. I can’t wait to have this for dinner. Thanks for helping me decide dinner menu, and I can’t wait already!

  43. #
    Whendi Martin — October 11, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    Yummyliscious Sister!

  44. #
    Megan@whatmegansmaking — October 11, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    I’m with you on soup this time of year, and this looks so good! I love a good pot of soup that lasts for days 🙂

  45. #
    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — October 11, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Love it! I made some Toritlla soup recently too! Seriously I adore your version. Avocado chunks are perfection!

  46. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — October 11, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    I’m on a major soup kick too and spicy tortilla is definitely one of my favorites! I’m all over it!

  47. #
    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — October 11, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Is it bad that I want to eat this for breakfast?! It looks so delish, and I have been craving this exact soup for days now! It’s a sign!

  48. #
    Angie — October 11, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    Chicken Tortilla is my absolute favorite! Yours looks perfect!

  49. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — October 11, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    Tortilla soup is one of my favorites and your version looks amazing Cassie! You included so many wonderful ingredients to add lots of flavor!

  50. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — October 11, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

    Oh my gosh does this soup look fabulous! Love the colors…so pretty for fall and of course the ingredients are wonderful. I just want to pick those pieces of avocado right out and pop them in my mouth! I think I will need a big bowl of this the next time I have a cold! LOVE the home made tortilla strips and your photos are just amazing! : )

  51. #
    Jill — October 25, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    This soup looks so rich, yum!

  52. #
    Tandy — January 7, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    I made this recipe tonight, it was awesome! A keeper for sure!

  53. #
    Savannah Jual — January 8, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Hey Cassie! Just wanted to let you know that I featured your delicious recipe on my blog this weekend! Thanks so much for the recipe, I hope to make it as soon as I get a hold of some avocados!

    here’s the link:

    Thanks again!
    Smiles and all the best,

  54. #
    Anonymous — January 8, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    I followed your recipe and made this 2 nights ago…it was AMAZING!!! I love chicken tortilla soup and this was my first time making it myself. I’m thankful that I made a big pot because I shared some with my sis & brother-in-law, as well as my BF, and all LOVED it! I’m definitely safe-keeping the recipe for the future =) Thanks!

  55. #
    Julie — January 27, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

    Made this tonight but adapted it for the slow cooker. I loved it and so did the hubby! Thanks for the recipe!

  56. #
    Heather — February 17, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

    What do you do with the lime zest? It just says to add lime juice but ingredients list says juice and zest of lime.

  57. #
    Play Create Explore — February 19, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    I made this a couple days ago and it was WOW! My husband said it was the BEST soup he’s ever tasted…totally right! There are some things I didn’t have or couldn’t find…I didn’t have fresh cilantro so I used cilantro paste, I also didn’t have a lemon but did have lemon juice, and I used frozen corn. Still turned out amazing! Thanks so much for this recipe. I’ll never buy my usual packet of tortilla soup mix EVER again!

  58. #
    Nicole — April 25, 2013 @ 4:44 am

    What adaptations are needed to make in a slow cooker? I really want to make this but don’t want to buy a Dutch oven. Help!

  59. #
    Laura Serrano — November 2, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    This is soup is delicious.


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