Southwest Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
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Southwest Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Bring a bit of the Southwest to your table with this spirit-warming soup. Loaded with tender chicken, diced tomatoes and plenty of seasonings, it's sure to be requested again and again.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Mexican diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • Tortilla chips, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 183 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 752mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein Diabetic Exchanges:3 lean meat, 2 vegetabl


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first six ingredients; bring to a boil. Add chicken. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into soup.
  2. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Top servings with cheese and cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Tortilla Soup in Quick Cooking November/December 2004, p56

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Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"Great recipe! I added black beans and red chile powder to kick up the heat."

Reviewed May. 3, 2014

"Tasty soup I made in a pinch when I realized I was out of an ingredient for another soup. The kids and hubby loved this one! Followed recipe as written with only the addition of some green Chiles since I did not have Mexican diced tomatoes."

Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"Delicious! Very flavorful! I used diced tomatoes with green chilis. I also added black beans and corn. The sweet corn was a nice contrast to the spicy heat! Very quick and easy."

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"Added 1 can of black beans, a chopped yellow pepper and 1 cup of frozen corn. Topped with shredded cheese, avocado and a little sour cream. Very good!"

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"Squeeze a lime on top and taste the flavor come alive! I added Corn and Black beans as well.. Yummy Yummy! Ill make it over and over!"

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