Friday, October 14, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Soup

We have had 2 days of rain.  Gloomy days calls for soup.  So I pulled out my favorite soup pot and looked around my kitchen to see what would inspire me.  There it was... a huge bag of tortilla chips that I bought from Costco.   I love Costco, but sometimes their packages are so darn big you could literally feed an Army.  I bought a bag of tortilla chips for a football get together and there it sat more than half full.  So I decided Chicken Tortilla soup would be a great way to use up some of those chips.  I had the rest of the ingredients in my pantry so and off I went.    I wasn't sure how it would turn out (I have never made Tortilla soup), but I was so very happy with the results.  The soup was done in less than 30 minutes and that's with me starting with frozen chicken breast that I had to defrost in the microwave.  Yes, this soup will now become a favorite on my soup list.  It was quick, easy, tasty, pretty healthy and my daughter has already gobbled up a bowl.  Win, win, win!

1lb boneless chicken breast (cut into bite size pieces)
1 large onion chopped
3 cloves of garlic grated
4 cups of chicken broth (low sodium)
1 (15oz) can of black beans (rinsed)
1 (15oz) can creamed corn
1 15oz) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup of crushed tortilla chips
juice of half a lime
1/2 cup of pickled jalapeno chopped (or a can of diced green chiles)
1/2 tsp of dried oregano
2 tsp of chili powder (this is the kind you use for Mexican cooking or chili)
1 tsp ground cumin
Seasoning Salt (recommend Adobo) and pepper


Heat your soup pot with 1Tbs of canola oil.  Once heated, add your diced up chicken.  Season with salt and pepper or your Adobe seasoning. Brown the outside for a few minutes .

Next add your chopped onion and grated garlic.  Saute for another few minutes.

Now add your dry spices (cumin, chili powder and oregano) with your chopped jalapenos or diced chilies. Cook for another 2 minutes.

Now add your diced tomatoes and stir well.

Add your chicken broth, canned cream corn and rinsed black beans.  Bring soup to a boil.  Allow to boil for 10-12 minutes.

Finally add your crushed tortilla chips.  Stir well and boil for another 2 minutes.  Squeeze your lime juice and taste for seasoning. The best way to crush the chips is to put them in a ziploc bag and use a rolling pin over the bag until the chips get crushed.

Note: remember the tortilla chips will be salted so make sure you adjust your salt at the beginning of the soup accordingly.

Serves 4-6 people.  Serve with extra chips, sour cream and more wedges of lime.  Enjoy.


  1. Yummy!! I just happened to be having tortilla with a dip when I reached your recipe page...wished I also had this soup along with the dip :)

  2. Perfect for rainy (and non-rainy) days!

  3. We haven't had tortilla soup in a loooong time, and we are way overdue. Thanks for the reminder and your recipe. It looks so good, wish you could send me some!

  4. I LOVE tortilla soup... have never made it myself though!! Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  5. This soup looks fantastic.... I agree rainy days are made for soup. It's rainy and grey here in Seattle and I made soup last night. It's comforting and perfect for these days and I will have to give yours a try it sounds wonderful.

  6. Great soup for rainy days,..rainy here last couple day too,looks yummy.

  7. Perfect soup for rainy days! Sounds yummy!

  8. Gloomy days definitely call for soup, and this one is certainly on my list.

  9. I love chicken tortilla soup! It's one of my favorites! This looks so tasty. The colors remind so much of fall, it's beautiful! Thanks for sharing, God Blee :)

  10. Chicken tortilla soup is one of my faves! This is perfect for a rainy day!

  11. Chicken tortilla soup is something I order at restaurants all of the time but never make at home. Great to have a recipe to try out; it is soup season after all.

  12. Mmmm I've gotta try this one!! Especially since I'm loving the Mexican food lately (but really all the time in my non-blogging life). I love how easy this was to make, too :)

  13. Your photos are GORGEOUS! This is one of my favorite soups...I'll have to try your version next.

  14. is Ramona...this soup is gorgeous! What vibrant colors. I love having soup in the fall and winter and I think I want to make this tomorrow to bring to work for lunch the rest of the week! And look at you and your amazing food styling skills! (I want that bowl....I love it!)

  15. That sounds absolutely wonderful and just perfect for the cold season coming up. Thank you for sharing! :)

  16. Mmmm...I love fall and all the great soup recipes that abound. Chicken soup is definitely a comfort food for me. Chicken soup with a southwestern flare? The best! Can't wait to try this!

  17. This looks so comforting. I need to get some more soup into my life!


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