Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
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Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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This soup is as good as (if not better than) any kind I've had in a restaurant. I get so many complements...I know you will, too!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, undrained
  • 5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded, skin removed
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Crushed tortilla chips
  • Shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 200 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 941mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; saute onion until tender, about 5 minutes. Add chilies, garlic, jalapeno and cumin; cook 1 minute. Stir in tomato sauce, tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Stir in chicken.
  2. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Top servings with chips and cheese.
  3. Freeze option: Before adding chips and cheese, cool soup; freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Add chips and cheese before serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Chicken Tortilla Soup in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p202

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ahmom User ID: 3426126 263429
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2017

"pretty good! I didn't have cilantro but it was good."

gld2bmom User ID: 7191733 262052
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2017

"This hearty soup has just the right amount of heat to compliment the milder chicken flavor. My family loved this cozy main dish soup!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 260869
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2017

"Wonderful flavors. Loved how easy it came together."

eversbeaver User ID: 2223765 260748
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2017

"Easy and delicious. We put cheese and avocado for toppings. Will make again."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 260710
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2017

"Holy Moly! GREAT recipe. Our family of 4 (two adults, two kids) loved this dish. Even our 5 year old said please make it again. Make sure to use the fresh cilantro, it really adds flavor. Delicious."

LindaNY User ID: 8615513 242897
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"Fantastic delicious we love this soup!"

mistymoo3 User ID: 4753192 66018
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"We loved the taste of this soup.I changed a few things cause I didn't have a few of the ingredients. (Green Chilies, Diced tomatoes use Rotel instead). I use fresh chicken breast but cooked them with the onion and jalapeno. My family loved it will cook it again"

dunger2010 User ID: 4344439 150123
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011 Edited Feb. 6, 2017

"This is the best recipe for chicken Tortilla soup I have ever tried, and I have tried a lot of them, but threw them away when I found this one. You can't go wrong with this recipe."

mheimbaugh User ID: 3656888 148230
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"Our new favorite soup! I use leftover chicken or chopped up cooked chicken breasts instead of canned and add a can of salt free drained black beans and corn. Very flavorful!"

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