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Chicken Tortilla Soup

chicken tortilla soup
This tortilla soup has been on rotation in our house for about a month now. The heat of the spices and low cal ingredients make it an ideal soup to kickstart a new year.  I've played with the amount of spices and am pretty sure I've perfected the recipe to my liking. (If you are sensitive to heat and/or spicy food, you can always cut the spice measurements in half. I won't be mad at you.) Sometimes soups can take a long time to come together but this one can be made quickly on a weeknight, especially if you pre-chop the veggies and opt for ready-to-go rotisserie chicken from your local deli. (A total time-saver!) For me, the garnishes really make this soup. I love piling on the cilantro, the avocado, the sour cream, the tortilla chips...all good stuff. And if you've resolved to eat healthier in 2014, this soup should definitely be on your menu!

***** Chicken Tortilla Soup *****
(serves 6)

// Ingredients //

1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 onion, peeled and chopped
1/2 red pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
1 can Rotel
1 can black beans, drained
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded
32 oz. chicken stock
2 cups hot water

// Instructions //

1. In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook until onions are translucent (about 5 minutes.)

2. Add red and yellow peppers and garlic and continue cooking over medium heat. (another 5 minutes).

3. Add Rotel (including juices) and shredded chicken to the pot. Then add cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and salt.

4. Add chicken broth, hot water and tomato paste. Stir and bring soup to a simmer.

5. Reduce heat to low and add drained black beans. Continue to cook soup over low for 10 minutes. Then garnish with sour cream, tortilla strips, avocado and cilantro.

*This soup is absolutely delicious (dare I say even better) the day after.

chicken tortilla soup

*Photography and styling by Amy Mikkelsen


  1. This soup looks great! I've never tried to make tortilla soup at home, but this looks simple and delicious. Will pin for later.

  2. This soup sounds amazing! I love a good kick in my soup so I'd probably add some fresh jalepeno.... Definitely trying this at home!

  3. This soup looks so comforting like a warm hug. And I need it too living in Chicago!

    1. Thanks Jocelyn! I cannot imagine the temps in Chicago but yes, this soup would warm you up quick.