Eat Til You Bust Chicken Tortilla Soup

Total Time
3hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs

There are a lot of chicken tortilla soup recipes here, and I have hesitated to post mine because of it, but this is honestly THE BEST soup I have ever had (and I've tried quite a few!). It is a bit spicy, but it is so satisfying, and feeds a hungry crowd! This recipe, like most soup recipes is pretty loose on the measurements, seasonings are very much "to taste." If you like more corn, add more corn, want more carrots, go ahead! You get the idea.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large stockpot, over med hi heat, boil chicken, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, salt, and peppers in water for 1 to 2 hours, or until chicken is very tender, and easy to de-bone.
  2. Remove chicken and let cool. Reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Add Rotel, cilantro, corn, and cumin to the pot, stir well.
  4. Remove chicken from the bone, and chunk. Add to the pot. Simmer 30 minutes.
  5. Add cream. Stir in bullion paste to taste.
  6. Cut tortillas in thin strips, and fry in heated oil (med hi heat) until golden brown, drain on paper towels.
  7. Place tortilla strips in bottom of bowl, ladle soup over top. Sprinkle with cheese.


Most Helpful

Delicous and pretty easy to make. This is the first soup that I have made from scratch. Next time I will cut down on the ingredients a little bit, my pot wasn't large enough to hold everything and it started overflowing. It makes a TON of soup. I forgot to add the garlic, but everything tasted great anyway. Thanks for the recipe!!

Chef Raelene May 16, 2010

I made this for Cinco De Mayo, and let me tell you, it was a HIT! It's really creamy, and spicy, (I made it spicier for our taste) There is just something really satisfying about it. The tortilla crisps give a nice crunchy texture that makes it special, the chicken gets very tender, and absorbs the flavor, nice fresh carrots, and celery. Then there is the gooey cheese on top.. Yum! It is literally making my mouth water thinking about it! Thanks for posting this recipe!

2thepenny_lane May 10, 2008

I made this because I wanted something warm, and spicy. I honestly never expected it to be THIS good! My husband ate so much, he had to take a nap! I agree, this may well be the best soup I have ever eaten! Bravo!!!!

1luckycook September 27, 2007

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