Chicken Tortilla Soup

Susan Feliciano


I realized that every time I make this soup, I tend to do it differently. One of the additions that has stayed with us the use of black beans and corn. I have adjusted this recipe to reflect the way I make it now. Hope you enjoy!


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8 - 10
20 Min
40 Min
Stove Top


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1/2 c
onion, finely chopped
1/4 c
red bell pepper, chopped fine
2 Tbsp
olive oil
garlic cloves, finely chopped
6 c
chicken broth, low sodium
1/2 tsp
dried red chiles, ground (or less - be careful!)
1 Tbsp
chili powder (or to taste)
1 tsp
basil leaves, dried
1/2 tsp
salt (omit if chicken broth is even slightly salty)
1/4 tsp
12 oz
of your favorite salsa
3 c
shredded cooked chicken breasts or thighs
1 1/2 c
cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 c
whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained
1 to 2 c
water, depending on thickness desired


tortilla chips or strips
1 c
monterey jack cheese, shredded

How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • 1Cook and stir onions and bell pepper in 2 tablespoons oil in 4-quart dutch oven until onion is tender. Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes until fragrant.
  • 2Stir in broth, ground red chiles, chili powder, basil, salt, pepper and salsa. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Add chicken, beans, and corn. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  • 3Add additional water if desired to achieve the consistency you prefer. Taste and adjust salt and pepper.
  • 4Top soup with cheese and tortilla strips.
  • 5NOTE: I make my own chicken broth by cooking the chicken pieces in enough water to cook down to the 6 cups required in the recipe. I don't add salt. You can do this too if you start about 90 minutes earlier, to give the chicken time to cook and the broth time to simmer down.

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About Chicken Tortilla Soup

Course/Dish: Chicken, Chicken Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Healthy

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