Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup Recipe

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cyndy ladas


I got the base for this soup from the movie Tortilla Soup, but I've tweaked it to my own personal taste. This soup makes a great start to any Cinco de Mayo celebration, or a good warm up on a chilly Fall night. Hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think.


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20 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


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5 clove
garlic peeled
roma tomatoes cored and quartered
3 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
large yellow onion diced
10 c
chicken stock
dried chipolte stemmed and seeded (save the seeds)
3/4 lb
tortilla strips
1/2 c
chopped cilantro leaves
avocado; peeled, seeded, and diced
large chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
2 c
heavy cream
1/4 c

How to Make Tortilla Soup


  • 1Whisk together the heavy cream and buttermilk. Let stand in a warm place for 8 hours to make Crema
  • 2Place the garlic and tomatoes in a blender and beat until smooth
  • 3Heat the olive oil over low heat. Add the chicken and saute just until it looses the outside pink color; add the onions, salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are a pale brown and caramelized, about 10 minutes.
  • 4Stir in the tomato puree and cook another 10 minutes, stirring often
  • 5Pour in the chicken stock, and add in the chipotle chili, bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes. Stir in the tortilla strips and cook 10 minutes longer, until the strips are softened. Remove and discard the chili.
  • 6Serve with Crisp fried tortilla strips, cilantro, avocado chucks, lime wedges, and the cream and buttermilk mixture (Crema).
  • 7Sometimes I like to add a little kick to the soup so I'll add diced jalapeno or ghost peppers, but be careful as the ghost pepper really packs a punch.

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About Tortilla Soup

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Low Sodium
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy

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