Best Ever Chicken Tortilla Soup

Deni Elwood


This is nice hearty soup. You can thin it out with more chicken stock or thicken it by crushing some tortilla chips and stirring them into the soup.

This is so great when the weather is chilly. My whole family loves this soup.

★★★★★ 2 votes
15 Min
2 Hr
Stove Top

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
A long simmer time is key to this soup. You could simmer for 2 hours... we tasted it then and it was great. But after the additional time, the flavors just blended together even more. The soup's a bit spicy, yet all the flavors shine through. This will definitely warm you up on a cold day.


1 lb
boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 box
chicken stock or broth (32 oz)
1 can(s)
ranch style beans
1 can(s)
black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can(s)
Mexi-corn, drained
1 can(s)
mild green chiles
1/2 pkg
cream cheese, room temp
1 c
shredded Pepper Jack cheese
2 Tbsp
ground cumin
1 tsp
cayenne pepper
salt and pepper, to taste
chopped green onions for garnish
tortilla chips, for garnish and thickening
shredded Pepper Jack cheese, for garnish

How to Make Best Ever Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • 1Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and cumin. Cook in a frying pan with a splash of olive oil over medium heat. Turn as it browns. Cook through and then remove from heat.
  • 2In a soup pot or crock pot add broth, drained beans, drained Mexi-corn, room temp cream cheese, and chiles. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  • 3Shred cooled chicken or cube. Add to the soup pot. Add shredded Pepper Jack cheese; season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for at least 2 hours for a great blending of flavors. I simmer mine for 4-8 hours.
  • 4Chop the green onions, shred the Pepper Jack cheese. Sprinkle some crushed tortilla chips, then shredded cheese and onions on top of soup when serving.

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About Best Ever Chicken Tortilla Soup

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Southwestern
Hashtags: #tortilla, #chicken, #soup