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. Add chilies, garlic, jalapeno and cumin; cook 1 minute. Stir in tomato sauce and tomatoes; add broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Stir in chicken.
  2. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Top 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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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

"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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