El Torito Chicken-Lime Soup

Recipe by lynnski LA

This recipe is an old time favorite at El Torito; and a delicious soup that we have really enjoyed. The restaurant, when submitting this recipe to the LA Times for their reader request column, also suggested that this can be made into a whole meal soup by adding hominy, corn or other grains. They also serve this at their weekend brunch.

Top Review by Starrynews

Nice soup with a little bite from the lime and the pepperjack! I wasn't sure how much bay leaf to put in, so I added 1 and removed it before serving. Thanks for sharing!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine stock, lime juice, oregano, basil, pureed chipotle and bay leaf in a stockpot; and season to taste with salt and white pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add shredded chicken, tomatoes, red onion and cilantro; bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  5. Ladle very hot soup into warm soup bowls, drop in cheese cubes.
  6. Garnish each serving with a few tortilla strips, avocado slices and a cilantro sprig.
  7. Makes about one quart or 4 one cup servings.

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