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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Chicken Tortilla Soup is the perfect easy weeknight dinner. Full of shredded chicken, corn, beans, and homemade tortilla strips, this soup is a meal in itself. It’s comforting, hearty, and filling.

What’s even better? Just like our Taco Soup and Beef Chili, this Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe comes together in one pot.

A bowl of chicken tortilla soup

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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup:

Chicken tortilla soup is like a taco in soup form. Its rich tomato and chicken broth pairs perfectly with chunky veggies, shredded chicken, beans and sweet corn.

You can sprinkle some tortilla strips right on top with a healthy handful of cheese, or pair the dish with soft Dinner Rolls.

Easy chicken tortilla soup in pot garnished with tortilla strips, jalapeños and cilantro

Tips For Tortilla Soup:

  • Use Leftover Chicken. Have a rotisserie chicken hanging out in your fridge? What about some leftover chicken breasts you don’t know what to do with? You can always use leftover chicken to make a fresh batch of Chicken Tortilla Soup.
  • Bone Broth Makes All The Difference. Use low-sodium bone broth or easily make your own chicken broth.
  • Adjust The Spice. Do you like it spicy? Add some extra jalapeños into the mix.
  • Save Time With Canned Corn And Beans. Speed up the cooking time by using canned corn and beans.
  • Cut Avocado Right Before Serving. To keep your avocado from browning, cut it right before you serve the soup
  • Season To Taste. Depending on the tomatoes and broth you use, you may need to adjust the salt to taste at the end.
Ingredients for the chicken tortilla soup

To Make Crispy Tortilla Strips:

  • Pan Frying: Preheat a pan with 1/4 cup oil over medium-high heat. Cut 8 (6″) corn tortillas into thin strips and fry them in a couple of batches, adding more oil as needed. Remove from the pot and let drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.
  • To Bake: Toss tortilla strips in a bowl with 2 Tbsp oil until well coated. Bake on a cookie sheet in a single layer at 350˚F for 15 minutes.
Tortilla chips in the making

How To Make Chicken Tortilla Soup:

  1. Place a soup pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp oil and sautee chopped onion, garlic, and jalapeno until tender.
  2. Add chicken breasts and remaining soup ingredients to the pot. Bring to a boil then simmer for 25 minutes.
  3. Remove the chicken to a bowl and shred it with 2 forks. Return chicken to the pot and simmer 5 minutes then add lime juice.
  4. Serve the soup with homemade tortilla strips, chopped avocado, fresh cilantro, and lime wedges.
Step by step of making chicken tortilla soup

Make-Ahead Tip: the broth gets more and more flavorful the longer it marinates in itself. Can you say delicious leftovers? Make a big batch of tortilla soup and eat it for lunch throughout the week.

Serving Chicken Tortilla Soup:

The only thing that makes Chicken Tortilla Soup taste even better are the toppings. These are our favorites:

  • Sour cream
  • Homemade tortilla strips
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Lime wedges
  • Jalapeno, sliced or diced
A bowl of tortilla soup with chicken

Storing Leftover Soup:

  • Refrigerator: Store your leftover soup without toppings in an airtight container in the fridge. It should stay fresh for 3-4 days.
  • Freezer: You can also freeze your soup in an airtight container for up to two months. When you are ready to eat it, allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight. Reheat soup by bringing it to a boil in a saucepan.
Tortilla soup in pot ready to store in the fridge or freezer

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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
chicken Tortilla Soup garnished with avocado, cilantro and lime

Chicken Tortilla Soup is the perfect, cold weather weeknight dinner. What’s even better? It comes together in one pot.

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$10
Keyword: Chicken Tortilla Soup, tortilla soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Soup
Calories: 540 kcal
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 lb chicken breasts (2 medium)
  • 20 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 32 oz chicken broth 
  • 14 oz black beans drained and rinsed
  • 14 oz corn drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped, divided (reserve 1/4 of it for garnish)
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste

Homemade Tortilla Strips

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 corn tortillas (6" tortillas)

Toppings

  • 1 large avocado diced
  • 1 lime cut into wedges, to serve

Instructions

Tortilla Strips:

  1. Preheat a pan with 1/4 cup oil over medium-high heat. Cut tortillas into thin strips and fry them in batches in the hot oil until crisp. Remove from the pan and allow them to drain on a paper towel. Repeat with remaining tortilla strips, adding more oil as needed then set aside.

Chicken Tortilla Soup:

  1. Preheat a pot with oil over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, garlic and chopped jalapeño and sauté until veggies soften.

  2. Add whole chicken, corn, beans, chilli powder, crushed tomatoes, salt, ¼ cup of cilantro and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and let simmer for at least 25 minutes.

  3. Remove chicken from the pot and shred it using 2 forks. Add shredded chicken back to the soup and simmer another 5 minutes then add lime juice.

  4. Serve the soup with some tortilla strips, pieces of avocado, fresh cilantro and lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 540 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 673mg29%
Potassium 1368mg39%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 663IU13%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • Erin
    November 13, 2020

    This was delicious and very easy. I made it for me and the kids to have for lunch. I dropped out the peppers, but used a 28 oz can of fire roasted crushed tomatoes. My very picky 1 year old actually said, “mmm” when she started eating it! Can’t wait to eat it again for lunch tomorrow! I also used Bona Fide Provisions bone broth, if you haven’t checked them out before, I highly recommend them! Great quality product with a lot of extra nutrients.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2020

      That is the best when kids love what we parents make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Lisa
    November 10, 2020

    Can you suggest how to make this in an Instant Pot? I love all your recipes BTW!!

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    • Natasha
      November 10, 2020

      Hi Lisa, I haven’t experimented with making this in an instant pot because it’s so quick to make on the stovetop. If you try this as an Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup, please let me know how it goes.

      Reply

  • Nataly
    November 6, 2020

    Can I make this in a CrockPot? If so what are the instructions.? I really want to try and make it in a crockpot like the “chicken cream cheese chili”
    I would really like your input/advice.

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    • Natasha
      November 6, 2020

      Hi Nataly, I think it could be adapted similar to the way the cream cheese chicken chili is but it is so quick that we do it on the stovetop.

      Reply

  • valerie
    November 5, 2020

    20 oz crushed tomatoes, not 28 oz? Since the link opens to 28 oz jars

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    • Natasha
      November 5, 2020

      Hi Valerie, 20 oz is correct but I have added 28 oz when that is what I had on hand and just adjusted the seasoning – adding a touch more seasoning.

      Reply

  • Roua Al Halabi
    November 5, 2020

    Honestly i was kind of hesitant half way through but i continued and it is beyond amazing so yummy both me and my dad loved it 100% gonna repeat it

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 5, 2020

      Hello Roua, I am so happy that you continued with this recipe and I’m glad you loved it! Thanks for your trust and for sharing your great review with us.

      Reply

  • Jennifer Smith-Escudero
    October 29, 2020

    This was absolutely delicious! A keeper for sure!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 29, 2020

      Thank you for this lovely review, Jennifer! I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Alecya
    October 28, 2020

    Hi, when does the lime juice go in? It’s in the ingredients but not in the directions. Thanks

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    • Natasha
      October 29, 2020

      Hi Alecya, so sorry I missed that. Thanks for asking! I Added it after adding the shredded chicken back to the pot and simmering 5 minutes. Its added at the very end. I updated the recipe card.

      Reply

  • Nelly
    October 27, 2020

    How much chicken broth?

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    • Nelly
      October 27, 2020

      Nevermind was reading right over it

      Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 27, 2020

      Hi Nelly, we used 32oz of chicken broth. To see the list of ingredients you can click Jump to Recipe and that will take you to the printable recipe card

      Reply

      • Anita
        October 28, 2020

        Just made it!!! used exact ingredients! let it simmer for an hour total. It’s delicious!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          October 28, 2020

          Isn’t it the best! Happy you liked that Anita!

          Reply

  • Michael
    October 26, 2020

    I will have to try your version out. A quick suggestion, as a twist, try adding Habanero peppers seeded & diced instead of jalapeno. (caution use gloves when cutting due to juice). My magic number is 7 – 8 peppers. I have been using this recipe as my standard with the habanero mod & 3 diced sweet small sweet peppers. I also changed brands on the Old El Paso ingredients. I use Rio Organic green Chiles, Frontera red enchilada sauce, Pacific low sodium chicken broth, and gtwo 7 oz cans Green Giant mexicorn. The recipe is from Betty Crocker slow cooker recipes if you want to have another recipe to modify/try. I like the slow cooker option so that it frees time.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 26, 2020

      Thank you for sharing some suggestions and tips, Michael.

      Reply

  • Laura
    October 24, 2020

    This soup is great..it’s a keeper for sure!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 24, 2020

      I’m so glad you loved this recipe Laura!

      Reply

  • Lana Akinshin
    October 20, 2020

    Delicious dinner meal! We added shredded cheese and it was perfect. Thank you for the recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 21, 2020

      Yay, love it! Thank you so much for your awesome review and perfect rating, Lana. We appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Kayla
    October 20, 2020

    I’ve been a fan since trying to Chicken Marsala recipe! I still use that for hibiscus and birthdays in my family. The tortilla soup was amazing and can’t wait to share it! It was delicious, hearty and a perfectly easy meal after a long week. Thanks again Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 21, 2020

      You are most welcome, Kayla. I’m happy that you’re enjoying all the recipes that you tried. I hope you love all my other recipes too!

      Reply

  • Kim
    October 20, 2020

    This soup recipe is a keeper! Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 20, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

      • Ken
        October 24, 2020

        What would be the suggested serving size?

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          October 24, 2020

          Hi Ken, this recipe makes 6 servings at about 1 – 1.5 cups per serving.

          Reply

  • Betsy
    October 20, 2020

    Super delicious and easy! I love the bright and slightly spicy flavors in this savory, brothy soup! So perfect for cool evenings!

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    • Natasha
      October 20, 2020

      Hi Betsy, I’m so glad you enjoyed the soup! It really is perfect for this cooler weather that is rolling in.

      Reply

  • Ashley F.
    October 20, 2020

    One pot meals are such a lifesaver for busy nights! This was delicious!

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    • Natasha
      October 20, 2020

      They are my favorite kinds of dinners also. I’m so glad you loved the Chicken tortilla soup!

      Reply

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