Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Warm up your taste buds with the bold flavors of this comforting Chicken Tortilla Soup! Tender chicken simmered in a flavorful broth with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and spices, topped with crispy tortilla strips, creamy avocado, zesty lime, and fresh cilantro. This easy-to-make soup is a satisfying meal that’s perfect for chilly days or anytime you’re craving a taste of Tex-Mex goodness.


For the Soup:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced (optional, for extra heat)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works well)
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime

For Serving:

  • Tortilla strips or chips
  • Diced avocado
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced jalapeños (optional)


  1. Sauté the aromatics: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, diced bell pepper, and diced jalapeño (if using). Sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened.
  2. Add the spices and tomatoes: Stir in the ground cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika, and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the diced tomatoes (with their juices) to the pot and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  3. Simmer the soup: Pour in the chicken broth and add the shredded chicken and corn kernels to the pot. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Bring the soup to a simmer and let it cook for 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  4. Finish and serve: Once the soup is ready, stir in the lime juice. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Ladle the Chicken Tortilla Soup into bowls and top each serving with tortilla strips or chips, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve hot with additional toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, and sliced jalapeños if desired.

Warm your soul with the delicious flavors of this Chicken Tortilla Soup, a comforting and satisfying meal that’s sure to become a favorite in your home!

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