El Torito Chicken-Lime Soup

Total Time
Prep 35 mins
Cook 25 mins

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.

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.
Most Helpful

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!

Starrynews September 24, 2009