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Spicy Chicken Tomato Soup Recipe

Spicy Chicken Tomato Soup Recipe

Cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper give my slow-cooked specialty its kick. I serve bowls of it with crunchy tortilla strips that bake in no time. Leftover soup freezes well for nights I don’t feel like cooking. —Margaret Bailey, Coffeeville, Mississippi
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 white or yellow corn tortillas (6 inches), cut into 1/4-inch strips


  • 1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 13 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • 2. Place the tortilla strips on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 5 minutes; turn. Bake 5 minutes longer. Discard bay leaf from soup. Serve with tortilla strips. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 196 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 727mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein.

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cw52 User ID: 7967833 42753
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"This was delicious chicken tomato tortilla soup "with a kick". We like about anything tomato and I'm always looking for options. I used a can of creamed corn since I didn't have frozen corn. It was delicious! I also used tomato paste with a little water instead of puree (since I didn't have it on hand). I was looking for a recipe to use my left-over cooked chicken and this was amazing!"

lolohiser User ID: 5362556 205021
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"Jimmy said it tasted like tomato soup with a real kick - make it again!"

kpincolorado User ID: 4254167 112957
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"This is one of my favorite recipes. I've been making it since it first came out in the magazine. I agree that I like that I can tweak it to fit what I have on hand. But I love it the original way. I usually double the recipe and freeze portions for later. Everyone I've ever served it to has raved about it. I hate cutting onions so when I'm buying the frozen corn I just pick up a bag of frozen diced onion too."

mhusk User ID: 7131763 53301
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"This is a fantastic recipe that I have enjoyed on cold, wintry days!"

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 205020
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"We enjoyed this meal... I made the higher spice version and added a little more corn (as that's the size of the bag I had).

The chicken was tender and delicious and the flavor of the soup was great. Modifications for next time? A little more chicken, but cook it in breast form then shred it before mealtime, and serve with sour cream.
Thanks for the recipe!"

clacer User ID: 1245982 102986
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"My coworkers beg me to make this & bring it to work for their birthdays. But I have to triple the recipe because everyone loves it so much!"

batemanr User ID: 5747089 112955
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"I am a single male and made this the other night. Delicious! Since there were no green leafy vegetables in it or any other green I fixed a couple of chicken tacos to go with it. I like the fact that all of this flavor comes from a very few major ingredients and can be altered any number of ways. batemanr"

mwilson101 User ID: 1272496 87040
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"I have to admit the entire family was scrunching noses when I read them the recipe. They went on outside for the morning. When they came back in, they all commented about something smelling really good. Guess was the recipe that got the scrunch nose reaction. Surprise!!! Everyone loved it!!!!! I semi pureed the can of diced tomtoes & green chiles and added a small can of just chopped mild chiles besides. I used the suggestion of tomato paste instead of puree also. Definitely a keeper."

emsmom2101 User ID: 5735993 111230
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"I have made this recipe several times and it always turns out great. I like to vary the vegetables according to what I have on hand or what is fresh in the garden."

nikmyown User ID: 5451622 85620
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010 Edited Jan. 7, 2014

"its now 2014, I have made this soup several times since the last time I reviewed it was in 2010, and every time I make it I make changes, the soup is awesome but its always fun to experiment with recipes! i just made it yesterday, its -5 degress here in buffalo NY, and have blizzard conditions!!! seemed to be the perfect recipe to warm my family up inside and out!!! this time i added a can of black beans drained and rinsed very well, I was never a fan of black beans but decided to give it a try and I recommend you do as well, they are very high in protein and low in fat and they really do not alter the taste of the soup! the nice thing about this soup is if you have a well stocked pantry you can make this soup weather you have all the ingredients or not play around with it, it is very versatile and sure to turn out good!!!"

nikmyown User ID: 5451622 129646
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010 Edited Jan. 7, 2014

"this soup is perfect to come home to on a cold day, i had to change a few ingredients because i did not have them. rather than using chicken broth i used homemade broth, rather than tomato puree i used tomato paste, and didnt have a can of tomatos and green chilies, so i used diced tomatos and a packet and 1/2 of taco seasoning, chilli powder, and hot sauce to spice it up. and i topped with cream cheese and the tortilla strips, it actually tasted like a chicken taco!!!"

wytammic User ID: 3537359 87039
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"This soup is easy and delicious! I will be making it regularly throughout Fall and football season! I believe it is a great recipe for beginner cooks who are wanting to make a positive impression :-)"

paulinelydia User ID: 4170913 112953
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"Better than I thought it would be. My whole family loved it. I recommend this especially if you like tomato recipes."

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