Amazing Chicken Tortilla Soup

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is my version of Chicken Tortilla soup. It's very similar to the soup served at Max & Erma's restaurant chain. I threw it together one day using mostly leftovers from my fridge. It was a hit.. So now every time I roast a chicken, I make this the next day.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put chicken, skin bones and all, into a pot with 2 quarts of lightly salted water, and bring to boil. Important: the skin and bones make the broth taste great. that's where the flavor is. this wont work using skinless, boneless chicken breasts.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is starting to loosen from the bones and broth looks. well. like broth. (about 20 minutes).
  3. Carefully, remove chicken from broth making sure to get any little bones that may be on the bottom of the pot. Set chicken aside to let cool.
  4. Add onion, Rotel, cumin, garlic, chili powder, and black pepper to the pot. Add 1/2 tsp crushed pepper for medium heat, less if you like it mild, or more if you like it spicy. I use 1 teaspoons.
  5. Stir, and let simmer until chicken is cool enough to handle.
  6. Tear off chicken meat and place back into pot discarding skin and bones.
  7. Cut off about a 2 inch section from a log of Velveeta cheese, then cut into cubes.
  8. Add cheese, and cilantro to soup and stir over low heat until cheese is melted into the soup. Let simmer stirring often.
  9. Stack corn tortillas and slice into thin shreds with a sharp knife. Cook tortilla shreds in a small amount of hot oil until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  10. To serve, ladle soup into individual bowls and top with a dollop of sour cream (optional) and the tortilla strips.


Most Helpful

I think I had way too much water to begin with. Also the 30 minute description isn't accurate with the directions of boiling and shredding the chicken. Nice flavor.

Charmie777 November 04, 2008

This was a very good soup. It was a little thinner than what I am used to for a tortilla soup though. The flavors were perfect though. I had a problem in that I couldn't get velveeta....this is the Velveeta shortage year for the 2014 Superbowl....LOL! So I used a mix of Mexican shredded cheese. I wish I could have found Velveeta because it melts so much easier and smoother. The Mexican mix made my chicken and cilantro try and stick together. So I highly recommend using Velveeta to keep that from happening. Thanks for sharing!

breezermom January 24, 2014

This soup is delicious! I was looking for a recipe that was similar to one we like at a local restaurant. This was it. It has so much flavor but not to spicy. I think I will cut back on the water the next time I make it. The only change I made was that I thickened it slightly. We loved it! Thanks for sharing.

october sky January 15, 2014

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