Chicken Tortilla Soup


For  Single recipe    (serves 4)


Veggies to Sauté:


Tomatoes, Corn, Beans, and Chicken Broth:


Cilantro and Lime Juice:


Additional Topping Options:


  1. Cut cooked and deboned chicken into bite-sized pieces; set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil on medium heat in a Dutch oven.
  3. Add onion and chopped jalapeño peppers to the Dutch oven. Cook until onion begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir the garlic into the onion mixture.
  5. Stir in spices.
  6. Add chicken, chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, and black beans to the Dutch oven.
  7. Bring contents of Dutch oven to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove lid and stir in cilantro and lime juice during last 5 minutes of cooking time.
  9. While the soup is simmering, stack the corn tortillas on top of each other and cut into ¼-inch strips.
  10. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to medium-high in a non-stick skillet.
  11. Carefully arrange a single layer of tortilla strips in the skillet, cooking until golden in color, about 1 minute. Using a spatula or tongs flip the strips cooking for another 30 seconds.
  12. Remove tortilla strips to a paper towel, patting to remove excess oil.
  13. Repeat the process with the remainder of the strips, adding oil if necessary.
  14. Serve soup with torilla strips on top along with additional toppings of choice.


The toppings that are added to this soup are what make it special. Put out a nice array of toppings and allow diners to add as many toppings as they like.

How many jalapeño peppers should you use in this soup? Base your decision on how hot the peppers are and how hot you would like the soup to be. Keep in mind that the added toppings will help reduce the intensity of heat coming from the jalapeño peppers. To determine how hot a jalapeño pepper is, cut off the stem and touch your tongue to the cut side. If you experience a burning sensation on your tongue it is a hot pepper!

If you cannot find petite diced fire roasted tomatoes you can substitute regular petite diced tomatoes.

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