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Southwest Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Southwest Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Moonbeam81 User ID: 6987090 217301
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

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

petras6 User ID: 7715580 94931
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."

jillibean222 User ID: 6770008 57397
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."

kafaughn User ID: 3552105 149157
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!"

trishtheturk User ID: 1701299 65810
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!"

william076 User ID: 6528307 57394
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"this is the best recipe for chicken soup i have made this ten times"

MsDeb01 User ID: 3541216 60152
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"Love this recipe."

mrsd6504 User ID: 5200278 129329
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"I've made a different chicken Tortilla soup for about 7 years now but decided to try this one... and I think this is the new winner. My husband loved it too... said it was "full of flavor!" My 3 year old daughter didn't care for it because it was a little spicy but I'm sure she'll learn to like it!"

Zach'sMom User ID: 5660578 125449
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"I love when things work out like they should!! I accidentally used too much chicken broth, but it all worked out fine! I also added a can of corn and I fried some cut up corn tortillas for topping and added some cheese and avocado slices. It was wonderful, my family loved it."

misscleocat User ID: 257578 57391
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"This soup is very good. I threw in a can of rinsed and drained black beans and 2 cups of frozen sweet corn from my garden. I also added an envelope of taco seasoning and an envelope of ranch dressing mix to jazz up the seasoning. Yummo!!!!!"

nicestofthedamned User ID: 1963192 60151
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2008

"This soup is great poured into a bowl filled with tortilla chips, diced avocado and shredded cheese!"

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